|Town/Region||Bandipura National Park, Nagarahole National Park|
|Categories||Communities, Conflict, Education, Mammals|
|Date||1 Nov 2019|
Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) is a threat to public safety around India’s wildlife reserves. Alongside crop, property, and livestock damage, hundreds of injuries and deaths occur due to altercations with wildlife. Frustration can lead to mob violence and retaliatory action. We will initiate a public safety training and awareness program in 60 conflict prone villages near Karnataka’s wildlife reserves. These reserves are home to recovering populations of several globally threatened and conflict-prone species.
Our public safety training and awareness program will teach participants how to prevent and safely respond to dangerous conflict situations that occur when wild animals enter human areas or vice versa. We will aim to conduct this program in 60 high conflict villages around these reserves, engaging with participants including farmers, families, village panchayats, community centres, and government (forest, police, revenue) staff.
The outcomes of our program will hopefully lead to better availability of first aid tools, safety guidelines, and emergency contact information. The impact expected in high conflict areas is increased public safety, more tolerance for wildlife, more awareness of conflict, and more trust between locals and the government. In the long term, we hope it will lead to more peaceful co-existence between threatened species and people living on the frontlines of conservation.
Read about Krithi's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/krithi_karanth ro for more information contact: