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    Humans Vs Elephants One of the Biggest Environment Issues in Sri Lanka

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Human-Elephant Coexistence

Owning to their role as ‘keystone’ and ‘umbrella’ species, elephants help maintain the biodiversity of ecosystems. Human- elephant conflict due to habitat loss and fragmentation is among the biggest environmental issues in Sri Lanka, with the country having the unenviable record of the world’s highest incidence of human-elephant conflict. Providing better mitigation solutions requires a holistic approach that takes into consideration both human and animal motivations for engaging in potentially risky conflict-causing activities.

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Our Work in Human-Elephant Coexistence

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    Clearing habitat (elephant) corridors of illegal settlements, allowing for elephants to use their traditional pathways for migration

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    Employing strategic electric fencing - along ecological boundaries rather than institutional boundaries

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    Identifying and piloting potential tools of mitigation, such as a light system with a series of lights, flashing at a particular frequency, that serve to repel elephants

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    Ensuring that local communities derive direct economic benefits from having elephants as neighbours

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    Raising public awareness on the causes of Human- Elephant conflict