Project to resolve human-elephant conflict afoot | Daily News


Project to resolve human-elephant conflict afoot

Electric fences are erected now in the Anuradhapura District, Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M.Wanninayaka said.

He said that four Zones have been demarcated for erecting electrified fences. The fences will be set up without blocking traditional elephant corridors. Wanninayake said that old fences which block the elephant corridors will be removed. He said the fences would be re-erected circumventing the elephant corridors.

He said that already 32 km has been completed. The human-elephant conflict in the district is, meanwhile, intensifying. The death toll of wild elephants stands at 26 in Anuradhapura in 2020 up to August, whereas 12 human deaths have been reported. The clearing of thick jungles for development projects and by farmers and timber racketeers have caused rapid diminishing of the forest cover depriving the wild elephants of their homeland.

He said that co-existence model was the best way to control the menace. “In the past, the wild elephants avoided humans, but now they chase after humans, kill them and destruct their cultivations.

Wanninayake said that many attempts to control the conflict have proved futile in the past. He said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a Committee headed by renowned environmentalist Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando to submit proposals to reresolve the conflict.

A World Bank sponsored programme to solve the conflict in Anuradhapura and Kurunegala are also in progress.


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