Category Archives: Elephant

“The Centrally Sponsored Umbrella Scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats consists of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger (CSS-PT), Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-DWH) and Project Elephant (CSS-PE) […] strengthening/ consolidation of tiger, elephant and wildlife conservation in the country [and] address the human wildlife conflict effectively.”  – Government of India’s Umbrella Scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats beyond 12th Plan (Press Information Bureau, 5 September 2018)
https://pib.gov.in/Pressreleaseshare.aspx?PRID=1545068
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4226

“People have been killed by elephants and yet tribals do believe that the land belongs to the animals as well. They understand this much more than anybody else and this is no romanticising the issue.” – Mari Marcel Thekaekara, writer and Co-founder of ACCORD-Nilgiris (The Hindu, 27 January 2017)
https://www.thehindu.com/society/A-messenger-from-the-mountains/article17102329.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22373

“A Greenpeace report states that human-elephant conflict in Chhattisgarh started in the late 80’s with the migration of wild herds from the neighbouring states of Odisha and Jharkhand, prompted by the devastation of forests due to mining.” – Sanctuary Asia (2019)
https://www.sanctuaryasia.com/conservation/news/10931-hec-death-toll-continues-to-rise-in-chhattisgarh
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5761

“Every pachyderm has bullet wounds festering and hurting the animal; injuries that have driven the once-docile beasts to regard humans as the enemy. Adivasi elders tell us that they walked among the elephants without fear 50 years ago. Those days are long gone.” – Mari Marcel Thekaekara (The Hindu, 14 April 2012)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5761

“The spread of invasive species, lead to a scarcity of herbaceous fodder, forcing the herbivores to modify their foraging behaviour and seeking new pastures. Consequently, elephants, Indian gaur, spotted deer, sambar and wild boar raid crops in indigenous people settlements, and fringe villages for food that lead to a chain of human versus animal conflict.” – Davidson Sargunam in: Sivadas, D., Dhyani, S. Basu, O. & Karki, M. (2020, June). Harnessing Nature 2(3), 48pp.
https://harnessingnatureblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/hn_vol_2_issue_3_red.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34181

Lighting up villages with solar power and doing other challenging things: Kudumbashree Adivasi women’s group of Edamalakudi – Kerala

The adivasi women of Edamalakudi, Kerala’s remotest panchayat, have formed a headload workers’ group, helped light up their villages with solar power, and practice group farming in wild elephant territory. All are Muthavan tribals. Almost all are members of Kerala’s … Continue reading

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“Let’s get active, not anxious!” – World Environment Day 2021

REIMAGINE. RECREATE. RESTORE.This is our moment.We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature.Let’s … Continue reading

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Video | Living with the cycles of nature and understanding that it is bountiful: National award winning documentary “I Cannot Give You My Forest” – Odisha

I cannot give you my forest is a documentary directed and produced by filmmakers- Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl. It has received the National Film Award for Best Environment Film in 2014. Filmed in the forests of Odisha, ‘I cannot … Continue reading

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eBook | What is the Biodiversity Act? And how will it protect intellectual property rights over traditional knowledge?

This publication contains the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and the Biological Diversity Rules, 2004 that was promulgated by the Government of India. This document may therefore be reproduced for educational and non-profit purposes without special permission from the National Biodiversity … Continue reading

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Illustrated and bilingual resources suitable for urban and rural schools alike: A range of beautiful books published by Tulika & Tara

The first chaang, the first elephant, once had big eyes,Which the animals thought looked beautiful and wise.Then, along came a bird, a wagtail, and… Told in verse, this folktale from the Tai Phake people of India’s northeast is gentle and funny. … Continue reading

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