The Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) has received the strategic partnership grant of ₹35 lakh from the Habitats Trust for its project to apply technology to mitigate human-elephant conflict in the Valparai region of Coimbatore district. Nature Conservation Foundation has come up with a mobile-based early warning system to avoid fatal encounters with elephants.
A statement from The Habitats Trust, founded by Roshni Nadar Malhotra, chairperson of HCL Technologies, said about 70,000 people and 120 elephants depend on the same space and resources in Valparai which has led to frequent incidents of conflict.
“Nature Conservation Foundation has been researching this scenario and with the help of relevant stakeholders, they have implemented simple, unique and participative mobile-based early warning systems through bulk SMS, voice call alerts and GSM based alert system to facilitate people to avoid fatal encounters with elephants,” the statement said.
“The technology, along with awareness and sensitization programmes, aims to create a win-win situation for elephants and people and facilitate their co-existence in the region,’’ it added.
Strategic partnership grant, lesser-known habitats grant, lesser-known species grant and conservation hero grant are the four grants announced under the Habitats Trust Grants annually.
The grant would help Nature Conservation Foundation’s efforts on human-elephant conflict mitigation measures.
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