Asian Elephant Alliance formed to secure elephant corridors

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015,20:41 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Guwahati | Five NGOs of different countries came together at London yesterday to form an Asian Elephant Alliance to secure elephant corridors in India.
In the light of increasing fragmentation of forests and rising Human-Elephant conflict in India, the five NGOs united under a MoU to raise 20 million for securing 100 elephant corridors in India by 2025.
The occasion was marked by a fundraising event at Lancaster House in London that was hosted by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, a WTI statement said here.
The five NGOs are Elephant Family, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), IUCN Netherlands, World Land Trust and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
With 100 elephant corridors documented by WTI in consultation with the forest departments, this alliance aims to secure a safe passage for Indias elephants, which comprise of approximately half of the worlds wild Asian elephant population.
Having worked to secure three of these corridors in the last decade, and some more in process, WTIs Executive Director Vivek Menon said, Five leading conservation organisations, 100 key elephant corridors but one goal; nothing pleases me more than the coming together of the global community in the fight for this endangered species.
Each year, India loses nearly 400 people and about 50 elephants to man-animal conflict due to ever shrinking habitat of the animal.
While most of the tiger habitat falls within the protected area, only 22 per cent of elephant habitat has some kind of protection, which means that a majority of elephant population in the country is living around human dominated landscapes which have become hotbeds of human elephant conflict.
Ruth Powys, CEO of Elephant Family, said, With signing of this MoU, we stride closer to our target; raising the vital funds that support a modern day conservation and humanitarian solution that works- Elephant Corridors.
WTI started its corridor securing project in 2001 and has since then secured three corridors in Karnataka, Kerala and Meghalaya.
The WTI has worked out four model methods of securing of corridors and will use these to secure the remaining targeted corridors.