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AsESG organised discussion group meeting at the 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2019) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25th July 2019 :

AsESG in partnership with Elephant Family and International Fund for Animal Welfare organized a discussion group meeting at the 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2019) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25th July 2019. The workshop was on “Challenges confronting conservation of Asian Elephants: Securing corridors as a mitigation strategy”. This was organized to identify the successful strategies being followed in Range states to secure corridors as a mean to address negative impact of habitat fragmentation and land-use management so as to learn from each other’s experience and explore diverse mechanism to secure the corridors.

The meeting was presided by Mr Vivek Menon, Chair AsESG and the following speakers spoke at the workshop with audience from across the globe.

  1. Mr Salman Saaban, Director, Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Johar, Malaysia (AsESG member): Policies and strategies for securing corridors in Malaysia
  2. Dr. Isabelle Lackman, Founder Director, HUTAN: Mediating elephant corridors in a mixed forest-agricultural landscape in Malaysian Borneo
  3. Dr Sandeep K Tiwari, Program Manager IUCN AsESG: Strategies for securing elephant corridors in India
  4. Dr. J. Antonio de la Torre & Dr Wong Ee Phin, University of Nottingham Malaysia: Using elephant movements to assess landscape connectivity under Peninsular Malaysia’s Central Forest Spine land use policy
  5. Mr. Krishna Hengaju, IUCN Nepal: Impacts of Linear infrastructure on elephant and tiger including other wildlife and its mitigation measures initiatives in Nepal
  6. Ms. Rachel Crouthers, WWF Cambodia (AsESG member): Increasing connectivity: Challenges of implementation in Cambodia
Dr Sandeep Kr Tiwari addressing the workshop

Ms. Rachel Crouthers addressing the workshop

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The Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) is a global network of specialists concerned with the study, monitoring, management, and conservation of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in its 13 range states