Human-Elephant conflict, Freeland


Currently, Freeland’s efforts in Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) are focused at Thap Lan, East of Khao Yai. Here, Freeland works with villagers, schools and law enforcement officers to spread awareness of the problem and resolve problems. HEC resolution is an important focus for Freeland, and standardizing reports and mediating between affected farmers and villages with park officials is becoming very important, as are the creation of bio-barriers to help keep elephants out of the farms.

In future, Freeland wishes to conduct similar activities in two further geographic areas in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai World Heritage Site, and with sufficient funding, would like to expand work to Ta Phraya, and Khao Yai National Parks.

At the present time, we are in need of assistance to help us standardise HEC reporting. The reports need to be checked to ensure their validity and currently the park is not checking these. Meanwhile, the local people are frustrated with the damage being caused to their farms by the elephants. Costs for the project are estimated at 400,000 baht, though this will need to be discussed with partners as we are still in the early stages with this.

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