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Afro-Asian Elephant Community Conservation Network

Conservation Issue

The elephant has evolved over more than sixty million years. However, if the population of elephants continues to decline unchecked in Asia, it is predicted that the Asian elephant will be extinct in just fifty years. 
FOC is delighted to be supporting the Afro-Asian Community Conservation Network project. Our project leader, Belinda Stewardt-Cox and scientific advisor, Matt Walpole, are working to establish a community-based elephant conservation and animal-human conflict resolution initiative in western Thailand. Belinda and Matt intend to establish an Afro-Asian communication network, training local researchers to carry out surveys into elephant migration and also work on initiatives which will link local communities with ecotourism partners, thus demonstrating the economic benefits that the community stand to gain by creating areas where elephants can be protected and where tourists can visit. 
FOC were recently successful in applying for funding from the Darwin Initiative to partially support the fieldwork and research of this project. The Darwin Initiative is a government scheme, sponsored by DEFRA, which promotes biodiversity protection and sustainable resource use in less developed countries. 
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Wild elephants in Thailand are scattered in national parks around the country and most of the conservation areas where they live are just small isolated areas. The agricultural areas or towns which surround these forests increase the problems of human-elephant conflict. The project will monitor the behaviour of wild elephants and the causes of conflict and will use this information to address these issues.


Much of the forest that used to be home to the Asian elephant has been converted for commercial benefits. Their forest habitat and usual sources of food are heavily depleted which is putting enormous strain on the remaining habitat, particularly in light of the fact that elephants normally need up to 200 kilograms of food a day. These diminishing resources are putting them into more and more conflict situations with humans. Working with local communities is expected to reduce the forest use and enhance a sustainable use of the natural resources in the long term. This will conserve the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the forested area.


Although Thailand has over 100 protected areas covering around 15% of the country, all these have subsistence farming communities around them and most have settlements within them. Illegal hunting, harvesting forest products and logging are rife. It is essential to the conservation of the Asian elephant and its habitat to find ways of establishing mutually beneficial relationships with the communities in and around protected areas. Local communities which are currently heavily dependent on the natural resources in the protected forests that are involved in the local project will benefit from this projects conservation related activities. 
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