Assam: Aaranyak holds media sensitisation workshop on human-wildlife coexistence

Guwahati: A media sensitisation workshop was organised by Aaranyak on Monday for journalists covering areas close to human-elephant conflict (HEC) hotspots and affected area in Baksa district of Assam.

The workshop focused on the important role that media can play in HEC mitigation through reportage that highlight ways for human-wildlife coexistence and scientific mitigation measure that facilitate conservation of wildlife overcoming adversity in the ground, the release said.

The sensitisation workshop was organised on Sunday for media personnel in collaboration with Mushalpur Press Club, and Baksa Press Club with support from the SBI Foundation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

DFO of Baksa Division P K Brahma, while interacting with journalists, highlighted on the drivers of human elephant conflict. Senior scientist from Aaranyak, Dr Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar explained in detail about the current human wildlife conflict scenario, and the potential effective measures to promote coexistence.

Jayanta Pathak, an environmental educator from Aaranyak, talked about how critical thinking and scientific approach on the part of journalists while reporting news on wildlife conservation can help create coexistence and mitigate conflict.

Pathak also shed light on linking nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge to contribute towards circular economy and human wellbeing. 

Aaranyak official, Anjan Baruah, moderated the workshop while senior conservation biologist from Aaranyak Dr Alolika Sinha interacted with the journalists and researcher Abhijit Saikia assisted in note making, a release said.

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It further added that faculties from Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Ekhanee Baruah and Samudra Gogoi, along with their student Ajay Salve, who is currently an intern with Aaranyak, were present in the workshop that was attended by 21 journalists from both print and digital media. 

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