Elephant Fence Task Force to be set up
On the directive of Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath an Elephant Fence Protection Task Force has been set up in the Trincomalee District covering areas vulnerable to wild elephants to minimise the human-elephant conflict. The task force is to be expanded to Batticaloa and Ampara Districts under the second phase.
A discussion in this connection was held recently at the Trincomalee District Secretariat, with the participation of Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando attached to the Centre for Conservation and Research (CCR), other relevant officials and all Divisional Secretaries in the District.
Trincomalee District Secretary Saman Dharshana Padikorala and Secretary to the Governor L. G. Madanayake were also present at the discussion.
During the meeting, the CCR was in the view that improper maintenance of high-cost electric fences was a cause for human-elephant conflict in the area.
Governor Yahampath took steps to form the task force with the mediation of CCR in order to protect the elephant fences and find a sustainable solution for human-elephant conflict.
The particular task force has been set up consisting of agrarian society members, two members of Civil Security Force, a representative of respective Divisional Secretariat, Grama Niladhari and a representative of Department of Wildlife Conservation.
The training for the task force is to be given by Dr. Prithiviraj on 2 and 3 March in a location close to the Kumburupitiya elephant fence in the Kuchchaveli Divisional Secretariat Division.