Human Elephant Conflict (HEC)

Janathakshan’s Palmyra Bio-fence is a cost effective, long term solution to the second most frequently reported disaster in Sri Lanka. Planted alongside the electrical fence the Bio-Fence provides an effective protective barrier against elephant attacks. On expiration of the electrical fence the Bio-fence functions as a solitary shield with numerous socio-economic and environmental benefits; 1 km of Palmyra fencing adds 2500 trees to the vegetation cover of the country and produces a minimum of 270 metric tons of nutritious feed for wild elephants. Palmyra is an income source for poor villagers, a means for rural employment, a medicinal source and a carbon fixing medium. The new fencing technology is a climate friendly, environment friendly, cost effective and a long-lasting technology to mitigate the impacts of HEC.

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Solution to Sri Lanka’s second most frequently reported disaster
“HEC is the second most frequently reported disaster in Sri Lanka causing 160 elephant and 50 humans deaths annually. The solution is the planting of four rows of Palmyra trees (BorassusFlabellife), in zig-zag pattern as bio fence along the conflict affected areas together with the short term electrified fence. The effective period of electrified fencing is 10 to 12 years by which time the Palmyra trees would have grown sufficiently providing an effective, sustainable, viable and elephant- friendly shield; blocking the animals entrance into human territory and providing these magnificent creatures with fruit they relish. The time is now; we should start planting to ensure future generations are free of this threat.”
Ranasinghe Perera, Director Janathakshan
Benefiting both man and beast
“Today we are a gathering of people that love elephants and recognize them for the treasure that they are. While man has a voice, elephants don’t and I am very happy that today there is a solution that benefits both man and beast.”
Iranganie Seresinghe, Environmentalist and Screen and Television Actress
“Although electric fence has been identified as one of solution for controlling human elephant conflict, integrated approach should be followed in order to mitigating the human elephant conflict sustainably.”
Prof. Devaka Weerakoon, Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo
Potential income generation from the sale of Palmyra products
“Introducing Palmyra bio-fencing as a sustainable solution to the human elephant conflict, provides multiple benefits for both humans and the elephants. In Sri Lanka the Palmyra palm is considered as symbol of prosperity because it provides multiple income generation opportunities. There are more than 100 products made from the Palmyra palm.”
Mr. Loganadan, General Manager, PDB

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