NEWS & CALENDAR OF EVENTS
News & Calendar of Events:
Working group field visit to Rohingya sites in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh :
The working group for developing the plan to manage the elephant habitats affected by settlement of Rohingya refugees in Cox bazar, Bangladesh and minimize the human elephant conflict had its field visit and meeting from 29th October to 2nd November 2018 facilitated by IUCN Bangladesh and Bangladesh Forest Department. Currently about 921,000 Rohingya refugees reside in 27 camps in Cox bazar occupying about 6000 acres of forest area cleared for settlement. About 35-40 elephants are trapped on the western side of the camp in degraded secondary forests and 13 cases of human death due to elephants reported between September 2017 and October 2018 by elephants in and around the camp area. To prevent elephants entering the camp and alert people, IUCN Bangladesh has set up 45 Elephant Response team (ERTs) with a total of 534 members (used on rotation basis) and 89 watch towers all along the boundaries of the Camps based on survey of conflict and elephant entry points. The Working Group is working on the draft plan.