Announcing LIGHTS FOR LIFE-FOOD TO LIVE
A joint project between:
LIGHTS FOR LIFE-FOOD TO LIVE aims to improve safety for the local villagers
and provide sustainable food sources for elephants along the Karbi Anglong
mountains in Assam/India.
Human Elephant Conflict is a big problem along the Karbi Anglong hills, with regular intrusions of huge elephant herds into the surrounding human settlements.
Villagers are poor and ill equipped to drive the elephants from their paddy fields, this results in numerous casualties on both sides every year.
Hundreds of villagers equipped with sticks and knives are guarding their paddy fields almost round the clock but still the elephants manage to eat more
than 30% of the paddy every year. Lacking money to buy lights and batteries, this is a highly dangerous undertaking.
As the paddy is for the families consumption only, villagers have to buy rice for their daily use, this results in villagers not being able to send their children to school.
To reduce Human elephant conflict and especially casualties in the area, NWA and GGNO
have initiated LIGHTS FOR LIFE-FOOD TO LIVE, a multi year project, starting in October 2017.
the first phase in 2017 is planning the following
provide 500 lights to 50 villages in the area in exchange for help with habitat improvement
organizing a big habitat improvement event ; removal of invasive species, improving sustainable water resources (check-dams), planting grass, etc
training all stakeholders with or quick identification program to have a softer, less risky HEC mitigation
education on HEC mitigation for all stakeholders
Andy Merk, Nani Fouad, 29.August 2017