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Conflict Mitigation Awareness Campaign In Chhattisgarh

Conflict Mitigation Awareness Campaign In Chhattisgarh

On October 2, 2018, a day that marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the commencement of National Wildlife Week, Sanctuary's Mud on Boots Project Leader Sajal Madhu organised a mammoth event on human-elephant conflict mitigation at Lakhpatra village in the Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh.

On October 2, 2018, a day that marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the commencement of National Wildlife Week, Sanctuary's Mud on Boots Project Leader Sajal Madhu organised a mammoth event on human-elephant conflict mitigation at Lakhpatra village in the Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh.

Working in collaboration with the State Forest Department, Madhu presented sessions on elephant behaviour, habitat loss and conflict avoidance measures to the crowd of over 1200 people from six vulnerable villages in the Dharamjaygarh block. He also moderated an interactive and emotional open discussion between DFO Pranay Mishra and the gathered community members. While lamenting the tragic human deaths as a result of the conflict, a participant asked the DFO what he considers the value of a human life. Momentarily stumped, DFO Mishra replied, " Human life is invaluable, but we cannot explain this to the elephants that are as affected by the conflict as you, but we can talk to you and protect you by making you aware of the situation and sharing ways to deal with it."

Human-elephant conflict in Chhattisgarh has reached crisis proportions, with human and elephant deaths being reported from the state almost every week. An independent activist, Sajal Madhu works to mitigate the conflict, records deaths in his district, helps villagers file for compensation in case of property damage or loss of life, and runs mass awareness workshops under his "Haathi Sabka Saathi" campaign.

While the Forest Department struggles with the mounting human and elephant fatalities, and an increasing number of local organisations, independent activists, journalists and community members highlight this conflict crisis, there has been little intervention from the central government.

     
     
     

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