Malaysia is developing the world’s first publicly available human-elephant conflict (HEC) resolution mechanism.
According to a report in Malay Mail,
the mechanism will be in the form of standard operating procedures (SOP) and it will be developed by the Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) and Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP) through Yayasan Sime Darby.
The collaborative effort is aimed at championing the co-existence between humans and the gentle giants of the animal kingdom.
Finding a way to share the world
Among the things that are being focused on through the joint effort includes finding effective ways to help manage HEC and test if the intervention is useful.
The whole resolution mechanism is not only directed at reducing HEC, but also to look at ways to increase the tolerance of the various communities towards elephants.
According to WWF Malaysia
, there are only between 38,000 to 51,000 Asian elephants left in the wild.
The biggest threat to the endangered species is the loss of habitat, fragmentation, poaching, and culling for their ivory and other body parts.
Let's hope that the new mechanism works, and we can finally find a way to share the world with these extraordinary creatures.