Reconnecting Assam's forests by protecting wildlife corridors
Why is this project so important?
Twenty families have already benefited enormously from their voluntary relocation outside the elephant corridor, thereby avoiding dangerous encounters with wildlife, letting them sleep soundly at night without having to worry about wild animals coming through their villages or destroying crops and food stores.
The village was successfully relocated at the beginning of 2016, and monitoring and evaluation of the villagers and the former village site within the corridor are still ongoing.
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.
Project partner: Wildlife Trust of India
Duration: Work began in 2013 and is ongoing
Elephant population in Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong: 1,700 - 1,800
Securing five 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 four 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.
September 2018: VIDEO Field Update - safe passage across the Deosur Corridor