GTF Updates

Addressing Human-wildlife interface issues in Uttar Pradesh

The GTF in association with NTCA & Uttar Pradesh forest department initiated a project to combat human wildlife conflict (HWC) in U.P (Bijnore, Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Kushinagar districts). Under the said project, Phase 1 included vulnerability assessment of the landscape, strengthening capacity to address HWC and sensitization of stakeholder agencies. Phase 2 of the project would involve preparation of a consolidated Master Plan (encompassing all 5 districts), capacity building and green investment.

In December, 2018, an expert team from GTF visited the sites to assess the factors responsible for exacerbating the human-wildlife interface in the region and to subsequently come up with measures to mitigate them. The team suggested regular elephant patrolling, e-surveillance and camera trapping for mapping the movement of the tigers.