HIGHLIGHTS

Book Launch – Ecology, Conservation and Management of the Asian Elephant

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City: Bangalore
Location: Auditorium
Date: Fri, 2012/08/03 – 6:30pm

A Rocha-India,
Asian Nature Conservation Foundation
(ANCF)
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (WRRC)
&
Dr. Vijay D. Anand Scholarship Program
Cordially invite you for the
Launch of publication titled
‘Ecology, Conservation and
Management of the Asian Elephant in
Bannerghatta National Park,
southern India’
And
Dr. Vijay D. Anand Memorial
Lecture

Ecology, Conservation and Management of the Asian Elephant in Bannerghatta National Park, southern India
The survival of the Asian elephant today continues to be threatened by the fragmentation, degradation and isolation of its natural habitat. An uncontrolled increase in habitat fragmentation, human settlements and their crop fields and changes in land use patterns around elephant habitats have brought the elephants closer to humans than ever before. About 85% of the population living around Bannerghatta National Park, southern India, area marginal, subsistence and small farmers prone to chronic poverty and suffer from enormous economic losses in the event of raids by elephants. This study on Ecology, conservation and Management of Asian elephant in mixed deciduous forests of Bannerghatta National Park is first of its kind, and provides an opportunity to understand the habitat status, elephant density, review the appropriate sampling protocols, insights on the population demography, habitat use, elephant-human conflict, conflict mitigation measures and local community perspective on conservation issues. Surendra Varma, Vijay D. Anand, Gopalakrishna S.P, K.G. Avinash and Nishant. M.S
A Rocha India/ANCF: Asian Elephant Ecology and Conservation Reference Series No.1
Dr. Vijay D. Anand Memorial Lecture Conservation is the art of the possible By: Vivek Menon Abstract Conservation today, is more than ever, the art of the possible and not the science of the impossible. While science is a valuable tool that provides information, conservation decisions are taken or not taken by policy makers based on societal objectives, values and ethical systems, influence by media or judicial process etc. in these science is every often ignored. It is critical that conservation practitioners use interdisciplinary means to address the challenges that conservation presents today. In this talk, I will use four diverse conservation examples from the stables of the Wildlife Trust of India to show a pragmatic and holistic approach to conservation.
Vivek Menon is a wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. He has been part of the founding of five environmental & conservation organizations in India. The winner of the 2001 Rufford Award for International Conservation for his work to save the Asian elephant, Menon is the founder Executive Director and CEO of the Wildlife Trust of India as well as Regional Director and Advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. In an Honorary capacity, Menon is a member of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN, on the International Jury of the Future for Nature Awards, an advisor of the Marjan centre of Kings College, London and a Faculty of the Kerulos Centre, Oregon. He serves on a number of governmental and non-governmental boards and committees and was most recently a member of the Elephant Task Force of the Ministry of Environment and Forests that suggested a complete revamp of India’s elephant conservation strategy. He is the author or editor of eight wildlife books including the bestselling Field Guide to Mammals of India, scores of technical reports and more than a hundred articles in various scientific and popular publications.
Dr. Vijay D. Anand Scholarship Program;
Dr. Vijay D. Anand stepped into the field of science and conservation of bio-diversity at a very young age and continues to inspire large sections of youth and others in society. He exemplified in the envisioning and implementation of novel approaches towards conservation.
He adopted a three branched approach, based on on–ground studies of the problems faced by elephants, local communities and local governing bodies and worked along with these protagonists to arrive at a co-existence model that has given interesting results. In addition to these stakeholders he included civic society members ranging from school and college students to professionals from various walks of life in this model of conservation making them more responsible and informed citizens of the country.
This publication ‘Ecology, Conservation and Management of the Asian Elephant in Bannerghatta National Park, southern India’, based on a study in one of India’s prominent human-elephant conflict hotspots in which he played an active role, testifies to his continuous interest and commitment towards generating knowledge that eventually helps in the conservation of this flagship species.
This publication has been brought out under Dr. Vijay D. Anand Scholarship Program; which primarily focuses on providing support for students and aspiring field scientists and conservationists.
The scholarship has the following aims
1. To aid in the publication of scientific literature on Asian Elephants.
2. To assist undergraduate students to carry out dissertation in the field of elephant ecology and conservation in the Eastern Ghats by providing monetary, scientific and
logistic support to carry out field work.
3. To assist individuals aspiring to study elephant ecology and conservation by providing ‘seed money’, technical and logistic inputs to carry out internships of up to 6 months with Non Governmental and Governmental Institutions.
This publication was possible through the support provided by the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC), Bangalore, Dr. Sheila Rao, Bangalore and Mrs. Dakshayani Huq, Bangalore.