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 Elephant Corridors 2011-2014, India, Sri Lanka
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Posted: Sep 2 2011, 11:20 AM


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Original post 14 Oct 2010:

Focus on India:

Khanapur forest area to be declared elephant reserve

The move has come up to conserve elephants and avert human-elephant conflicts in these districts ... Elephants will get maximum protection from the department and farmers will be compensated for damage of their crops.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hu...how/6743930.cms


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Posted: Sep 2 2011, 11:21 AM


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Original post 30 Nov 2010:

Focus on Sri Lanka:

Although this article is primarily about conflict, it contains observations about the value of elephant corridors.

Uda Walawe: Flaunting laws and fuelling human-elephant conflict

[i]S. R. De Silva 2008, Uda Walawe National Park Elephant Population Status Report. The advantage of Habitat (Elephant) Corridors is that they reduced the necessity for animals to stray out of the protected areas in search of water and food. With ready access to their seasonal feeding grounds, even the elephants, particularly the herds of females and their calves, have no need to stray in search of human-grown products, thereby reducing the human – elephant conflict.


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Posted: Sep 2 2011, 11:24 AM


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Original post 12 May 2011:

Focus on India:

Elephant population increases in Orissa

The state government had earlier identified 14 elephant corridors, nine more places have been located where elephants roam round. An action plan for the elephant corridors were being prepared for better management of the big animals, a senior official said. A joint monitoring committee comprising officials of forest and environment and energy departments had been set up to ensure that no elephant was killed due to electrocution. With frequent death of elephants due to electrocution in Orissa, the state government today decided to spend Rs 20 crore from CAMP (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) funds for raising the height of live electric wires passing through elephant corridors, official sources said.

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news...ssa/675508.html


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Original post 31 May 2011:

Focus on India:

Elephant corridor plan in Bannerghatta

In an effort to check man-animal conflict, the Karnataka Forest Department has put forward a proposal to connect Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) and Tamil Nadu Forests to develop elephant corridors.

"We have written to the Revenue Department seeking about 4,000 hectares of land which would include private land of farmers as well. We have provided them the Geographical Information System (GIS) map and satellite images of the entire plan. Once we get the approval and the land, we will proceed further with the work," said Biswajit Mishra, Deputy Conservator of Forests, BBP.


http://ibnlive.in.com/news/elephant-corrid...a/155396-3.html


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Original post 2 June 2011:

Focus on India:

12 elephant corridors in Dalma forest by next year

The corridors, basically bridges over canals, will come up at 12 locations ... the elephant bridges would be very different from the bridges found in areas outside forests. "The surroundings of the bridge should match the forest environment. Elephants should not feel they are charting a new path," said Mishra.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ra...how/8685309.cms


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Original post 13 June 2011:

Focus on India:

Lok Adalat for return of land to elephants

The Karnataka Lok Adalat has endorsed a suggestion from the Forest Department to restore what was once an elephant corridor at Alur in Hassan Dist­r­ict by evicting encroachm­ents from forests, even if it me­ans paying compensati­on to many owners of agric­ulture land or coffee estates.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/168222...-elephants.html


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Original post 21 June 2011:

Focus on Sri Lanka:

Work on electric fence at Dahiyagala Elephant corridor begins

The three organizations had moved the court that for the conservation of the elephants and also to prevent human-elephant conflict that it was necessary to erect the electric fence and ensure safe passage to elephants to Uda Walawa sanctuary specially during the dry season.

http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/news/47618.html


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Original post 1 July 2011:

Focus on India:

Elephant corridor still a far-fetched dream

Constructing elephant corridors around Mysore elephant reserve area, which is a big step towards preventing man–animal conflict, still seems to be a far-fetched idea. It will take much time, said BK Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife).

He said, “About six-seven elephant corridors have been identified in the Mysore elephant reserve area. Except two-three, constructing all others will take a lot of time.” He explained, “Besides the government land, which has to be obtained from the revenue department, the areas which have been identified for the elephant corridor also have human settlement and cultivation.


http://ibnlive.in.com/news/elephant-corrid...878-60-115.html


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Original post 7 July 2011:

Focus on India:

Govt okays final map of elephant corridor

The publication also stated that the elephant corridor was being notified to ensure a safe and undisturbed passage for elephants and also to safeguard genetic dispersal and survival of the species. Also, the government has ordered that the final area of the elephant corridor should be put out in the cadastral map prepared by the expert committee along with the survey numbers of private lands that fall within the elephant corridor.

The collector also notified that the resort owners and other private land owners who come within the elephant corridor area should vacate and hand over the land to the administration immediately. Necessary compensation will be given to these parties. Persons living in government proamboke lands will be given alternative dwelling sites or compensation as per the Forest Dwellers Act of 2006.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/co...how/9129779.cms


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Original post 24 Aug 2011:

Focus on India:

Jumbos may get back right of way

Conceived and implemented by the Delhi-based wildlife conservation agency, Wild Life Trust of India (WTI), in collaboration with Kerala Forest Department, this project aims at reducing the man-animal conflict by relocating villages or settlements inside the elephant corridors of Kerala-Karnataka borders.

... "It will help deal with the man-animal conflicts and also in retrieving some of the core forest land which had become man-lands," said an official.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ko...how/9714796.cms


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Original post 27 Aug 2011:

Focus on India:

Corridors for free movement of elephants in Valparai plateau will prevent human deaths, says study

In the decades before Independence, the British planters destroyed 72 per cent of the thick rain forests that covered the 220 sq. km. Valparai plateau and converted the area into tea estates. So the elephants not only permanently lost their home ranges but their migratory corridors. When the forests were destroyed and converted into tea estates, the streams flowing through them degenerated into swamps. There are forest patches within these estates, and it is when the elephants move from one forest patch to another within the estates that the HECs occur.

Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mysore, which has been studying the HECs in the Valparai plateau for the past 10 years, has, therefore, suggested establishment of connectivity with native vegetation from one forest patch to another along the swamps.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2331408.ece


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Original post SL 27 Aug 2011:

Focus on India:

High Court seeks report on elephant corridor

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/high-court-seek...797-60-119.html


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Focus on Kerala, India

Wild elephant found dead in estate septic tank in Munnar

According to Mr Induchoodan, there was increased presence of wild elephants in the residential areas in recent times. It was after the traditional path of the wild elephants' to the water sources in Chinnakkanal and Kuttiyar Valley were blocked as the land was allotted there by the government without considering its impact on the wild animals. He said that the Forest Department had objected allotting land on the traditional path of the wild elephants.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala...icle2741752.ece


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Focus on Nilgiris, India:

HC orders removal of solar fence in Ooty jumbo corridor

A division bench comprising Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice N Kirubakaran, passing orders on a PIL filed by R Vishnu Ram Saravanavel, expressed unhappiness over the sloppy implementation of its orders and said all illegally erected solar-powered electrical fencing which were restricting free movement of animals and 'virtually cutting across the elephant corridor' should be removed forthwith.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ch...ow/11394134.cms


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Focus on India:

Relocation of elephants doesn’t help, says expert

At Bannerghatta and Hassan, the elephant corridor are badly fragmented and there is little chance that it can be redone. The 26 elephants that are proposed to be relocated out of Alur taluk (Hassan) will not work either as they cannot be released in forests far away from their present location. There is also degradation of forest, which, he said, is impacting the vegetation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/my...ow/11433901.cms


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Focus on India:

Jumbo night

Periyanaickenpalayam and Kavundanpalayam bordering the forests of Western Ghats are increasingly becoming preferred residential suburbs of Coimbatore. The forests are feeling the heat of the expanding city and the rising population in the suburbs. Old elephant corridors have been encroached and their habitat is shrinking. Animals are forced to seek water and food outside the forest. Clearly, there are no easy solutions here.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.co...phant-corridors


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Focus on India:

Interesting overview, including a very useful map, and with a hopeful message.

Making way for India’s elephants
Ever-spreading human habitation is disrupting the movement of the jumbos, often leading to violent confrontations


In this complex landscape of conservation, Kumar’s communication system of early warning SMSes goes to prove that scaling down man-elephant conflict is not impossible. What’s needed are functional methods that can be applied across all elephant landscapes in India to avoid direct confrontation.

http://www.livemint.com/2012/01/11201236/M...217s-e.html?h=B


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Focus on India:

Why relocating badly behaved wild elephants doesn’t work

However, on 4 January 2012, he brought additional information to court. He said coffee estates have created a gridlock of electric fences which trap elephants and indiscriminate ecotourism have further blocked a corridor. Additionally, invasive weeds have replaced elephant forage in reserves. While seeking direction from the court to remove these obstructions, he also suggested that since the translocation of two bulls had failed last year, family groups of five elephants at a time will be translocated.

But the Chief Justice refused to entertain the idea, “You said that a resort has come up at Bandipur on the corridors. Have you recommended for removal of the resort or the elephants? You should be protecting the animals, not people.” He continued, “Do not think elephants are causing problems; it is we who are causing problems for elephants. If the taskforce is based on this (translocation) platform, it would be better to wind up the same. You started on the wrong foot.”


http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/why-relocat...ork-233324.html


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Focus on India:

Man-elephant conflict on the rise in State

“Once a migratory route is selected by elephant herds, they follow it at least for 10 to 15 generations. The forest department should identify these paths and provide the animals water and food along them,” he says, explaining that the Western Ghats are home to elephant corridors that are 1,500 years old.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/ci...-rise-state-918


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Focus on India:

Illegal quarrying endangers elephant corridor

Quarrying has had a debilitating effect on the forest area, which houses a large elephant population.

Quarrying is being allowed in five sites bearing survey nos 24, 1,96, 96 B and 86 at Ponnachi village.

It is important to note that all the five sites belong to the government.


http://www.deccanherald.com/content/234231...t-corridor.html


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Focus on India:

Elephant menace - Relief for Hassan villagers

The money will be used for trenching, solar fencing and rehabilitation of families in forest areas by relocating them voluntarily ...

Capturing and relocation of elephants to other forest area is not a solution as elephants are born with a genetically printed path map in their brain and even if they are relocated, they will come back to its original habitat.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Elephan...ow/12369476.cms


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Focus on Bangalore, India:

Concrete jungle threat to jumbos

Bannerghatta Biological Park Executive Director Dr R Raju said, “The corridor is teleprinted in the minds of pachyderms as they have been taking this path for many years. They have good memory and the route cannot be erased easily from their memory.”

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/concrete-jungle...795-60-119.html


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Focus on Tamil Nadu, India:

Natarajan backs Forest Rights Act in elephant corridor

The Union environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan backed the implementation of Forest Rights Act in the controversial Segur Elephant Corridor in Tamil Nadu while speaking at the standing committee meeting of the apex National Board of Wildlife.

The Segur Elephant Corridor is a patch of land surrounded by green patches that are already protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. Some wildlife groups had been demanding that the Segur corridor - which has several resorts sprouting up besides other private properties and several villages - be also secured for the elephants.

With a petition being filed before the Madras High Court they secured a controversial order for the forest department to acquire the lands.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/de...ow/14132086.cms


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Focus on India:

Compensation for people shifting from elephant corridors may go up

India’s top bureaucrats managing forests and elephants, and the wildlife conservation NGO community on Wednesday showcased public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives that promise to connect more of the 88 identified elephant corridors with forests, potentially reducing the stress on the species.

On its part, the Centre is considering hiking compensation for voluntary resettlement of residents to increase habitat available to elephants and reduce human-elephant conflict.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/comp...icle4006582.ece


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Following on from my previous post today, the proposal is already meeting opposition.

Focus on India:

Malekudiyas oppose elephant corridor

They raised slogans against the Government for “coming up with new schemes to force the tribal people out” ...

“The Elephant Corridor is not a new project. It was a notified area since 1900 ... This was the way elephants used to travel before obstructions such as dams and roads came. We will only rejuvenate this trail so that the elephants can be dispersed evenly. There will be no land acquisition or displacement of villages,” he said.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangal...icle4008799.ece


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Focus on India:

Steel Authority Said to Close Odisha Mine, Cutting Output

Steel Authority of India Ltd., the country’s second-biggest maker of the alloy, will stop work at an iron ore mine in the eastern state of Odisha to make way for an elephant corridor, two people familiar with the matter said.

The environment ministry won’t renew the state-owned company’s permit after a two-year extension expires on Nov. 10, the people said yesterday, asking not to be identified as they aren’t authorized to speak to the media. Odisha, where a government panel is currently reviewing illegal mining and environmental damages, plans to set up a passage way for the pachyderms near Steel Authority’s mine, the people said.


http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-0...-cutting-output


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Focus on India:

Elephants paying back man in same coin in Uttarakhand

For decades the planners cared a fig about the migration routes of the elephants and developmental works, in the form of road, canals and other projects came up at random, forcing the pachyderms to stop their traditional migration and be confined in small pockets, which are hardly able to sustain the herds.

But now the shoe is in the other foot. The elephants are now forcing the authorities to close down national highways during certain hours when the pachyderms want the roads for themselves and no intruders are allowed on it. In fact they are known to even attack cars and damage them, should the drivers not take heed.


http://hillpost.in/2012/11/23/elephants-pa...test-news/bhatt


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Focus on India:

Plant sealed after its live wire kills elephant

“Unsafe use of electricity led to the incident which amounts to negligence on part of the steel unit management,” the DFO said.

Since the factory is located in the elephant corridor and there is a water source nearby, elephants frequent the place.


http://newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/...icle1545505.ece


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Focus on India:

In Assam, a village makes way for elephants

Protecting the corridors linking these fragmented habitats is one of the most urgent measures identified to protect elephants. Now, for the first time in India, an entire village in Assam's Karbi Anglong district has decided to move out of an elephant corridor that supports as much as eight per cent of the total elephant population of India.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/in-assam...lephants-375408



A further report:

Villagers abandon homes for Elephant highway

An estimated 100 villagers will now move by the end of the year to a new 'model village' with a school, clinic and electricity supply.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/...nt-highway.html


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Focus on Karnataka, India:

Experts thumb down Rs 100 crore elephant corridor project

But wildlife experts are certainly not impressed with the proposed project. According to them, it's premature. "An elephant corridor is a culmination of a safe forest track, free from human activity, which the animals choose as a route to migrate from one habitat to the other. But if the forest is not there, how is the government going to 'set up' the corridors?'' asked Deepak Muthappa, a wildlife activist from Mysore.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ba...ow/20787435.cms


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