The State Planning Board organised a one day workshop on "Human Animal Interface in Kerala" on December 15, 2017 at Government Guest House, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram.
Human Animal conflict, a serious issue, which has been continuing over the years, could not be resolved fully despite several proactive measures initiated by the Forest Department.The workshop was organised with the objective of addressing this issue in a more strategic manner.
Representatives of various Departments/organisations participated and contributed new ideas to combat the issue. The interventions being made by Kerala Agriculture University on this issue was well explained by Dr PONameer, Prof, College of Forestry. Similarly, Dr SGopakumar from Kerala Agriculture University explained the early warning mechanisms developed to detect elephant intrusion. An innovative concept on the use of Bioacoustics for dispersal of animals from crops was presented by Sri Kirankumar, systems architect, Grus eco sciences, Bangalore. Representatives from Departments like Agriculture and Tribal development detailed the difficulty faced by the tribal population as well as by the farmers; and the measures being adopted by them to address the issue.
The workshop provided a new platform to understand the new and emerging technologies as well as the conventional methods being practiced to address this issue.