1 Tahrcountry Musings: Nations with wild populations of Asian elephants back elephant action plan

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Nations with wild populations of Asian elephants back elephant action plan

The three-day gathering of Nations with wild populations of Asian elephants convened by the Malaysian government, and facilitated by IUCN, the World Conservation Union, has come up with agreement on the best way to protect the remaining elephant populations. The consensus was that transboundary cooperation was necessary to protect the creatures' dwindling habitat. It is the first time that all the 13 countries are coming together. Elephants are found in 13 countries, from Bangladesh to Vietnam.The wild population of Asian elephants is estimated at 30,000 to 50,000.There are about 100 in Vietnam and more than 20,000 in India. The need of the hour is to strike a balance between the needs of elephants and burgeoning human population.

2 comments:

JLB said...

This is indeed good news... I hope that they convention reaches some feasible goals and sticks to them.

Elephants are among my absolute favorite creatures in the world! (If I had to pick favorites, it would likely be elephants and octopii, but there are so many beautiful creatures to choose from).

Manjit said...

Good news yes. But there are problems. In India there are increasing incidents of man elephant conflicts. No use blaming the elephants.Steadily increasing population is grabbing elephant territory.Transboundary conservation is the right step for long term conservation
Manjit