Human Elephant Conflict mitigation going wrong?
As HEC throughout Asia is on the rise, mitigation seems to have failed.
Today HEC mitigation methods almost entirely focus on reducing the human elephant conflict impact on humans.
This has proven to be unsuccessful!
There is not a single instance where deterrents have stopped HEC!
A change of direction is urgently needed! Focus has to be on the elephants needs.
Elephant habitat has to be managed and improved to meet elephants needs:
This means habitat improvement by adding and maintaining grasslands close to permanent water sources as Asian elephants eat mostly grass.
Any human activity inside the protected areas has to be minimized to avoid disturbing wildlife.
Andy Merk, Nani Fouad August 3. 2017