Securing a Vital Corridor in Assam

Assam Corridors Project photoThe Big Picture Solution:
Rights of Passage

Why is this project so important

Two hundred people (38 families) from two villages will benefit enormously from their voluntary location outside the elephant corridor and thereby avoid dangerous encounters with wildlife, be able to sleep soundly at night without having to worry about wild animals coming through their villages or destroying crops and food stores.

Corridors are like bridges between islands, they reconnect forest fragments. They allow elephants and other animals to feed and move freely, unthreatened by humans, farms, roads or railway lines. This project is therefore transforming the lives of up to 2,000 elephants and countless other species. This is a modern day conservation and humanitarian solution that truly works in a sustainable manner.

Project partner: Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)

Duration: Work began in 2013 and will be ongoing until 2017

Elephant population in Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong: 1,700 - 1,800

Project goals

Securing four corridors in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape. One of these, the K-D Corridor, had become degraded as a result of two villages settling there, and a further three corridors/elephant routes are disturbed by highways and illegal forest cutting.

What we do

We are supporting the voluntary relocation of remote communities from dangerous wildlife-migratory areas to safer farmlands. Their new settlements are nearer to markets, and enable them for the first time to have brick houses, electricity and safe drinking water.

Elephant Family has invested in officially marking out the corridors country-wide, providing a warning for would-be developers near the routes.