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Publication of a Paper on the use of alternative crops to protect elephants

News nepal 0717

Good news from Nepal!

Based on the results of an innovative project mainly funded by Man&Nature, a paper was recently published on testing of alternative crops in Nepal.

In Asia, elephants are sometimes causing damages to agricultural lands, attracted by the food availability, which lead to conflicts between humans and elephants.

Located in the Bardia National Park in Nepal, the project aimed at reducing these damages by planting Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP) such as chamomile or mint, less attractive for the elephants.

The paper outlined that elephants are less keen to eat these plants and therefore to destroy the agricultural lands, which permits to secure income generation for the communities. It concludes that a strategic plantation of crops unattractive (MAP) and attractive (food) to elephants could improve income-generation for local populations, decrease human-elephant conflicts and finally, better protect this emblematic Asian species.

To know more about our project in Nepal, this is this way: http://manandnature.org/index.php/en/actions-projets-2/supported-projects/109-nepal-conflits-2.html

And if you are interested by this study:
Gross E. M., *, Drouet-Hoguet N., Subedi N., Gross J., 2017. The potential of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) to reduce crop damages by Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus).

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