Reducing conflict and fostering coexistence between elephants and people
People and elephants have similar needs. They both require water, food, space, and safety. Where these needs and access to these resources overlap, heightened competition occurs, which can lead to negative and sometimes fatal confrontations. Finding solutions that allow both people and elephants to satisfy their needs, while reducing these negative interactions is critical if we are to ensure coexistence in shared landscapes like the Okavango Delta.
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Ecoexist seeks to reduce conflict and foster coexistence between elephants and people. The team finds and facilitates solutions that work for both species. Our approach connects science with practice.
Our team has been busy with innovative and ground-breaking work to identify, demarcate, and protect elephant movement pathways! Here are a couple photos from last week–Land Overseers from each v... Read More
In July 2015, a short documentary film, “The Ecoexist Project: Pathways to Coexistence,” premiered at the World’s View Conference Centre in the Mokolodi Game Reserve in Gaborone. The fil... Read More
Hundreds of villagers, artists, performers, government leaders, tourists, and special guests gathered in the Village of Xakao in July this year for the first-ever Cultural Fair of the Eastern Okavango... Read More
In our efforts to make life easier for people who share space with elephants, we are building an elephant economy in the Panhandle—one where people can gain tangible benefits, skills, and new opport... Read More
We lead collaborative research to help farmers develop more productive, sustainable farming techniques, and more resilient cropping strategies. Recently, we organized and hosted several workshops in t... Read More
In 2014, we collared 28 elephants and began tracking their movements throughout the Panhandle, both on east and west sides and in border areas. Using the data we already have on elephant pathways, we ... Read More
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