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A house damaged by migrating elephants. The village – more of a hamlet with just 19 houses – was a hotbed of human-elephant conflict, particularly when the paddy crop ripened.
WTI began working on conflict mitigation in this region in 2012. Confidence building measures like this water storage and bathing facility at Sar Kro Village were among the first steps, with support from JTEF and IUCN NL
WTI partnered with the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council to develop a consensus for the voluntary relocation of villagers. In 2013 the King of Karbi Anglong laid the foundation stone for the creation of a new Karbi village.
WTI also teamed up with UK-based NGO Elephant Family to plan and develop New Ram Terang – a model ethnic Karbi village, 6 kilometres from the old village and out of the elephants’ way.
Villagers moving in to their new houses. The new village offers well constructed homes and better facilities to the villagers, and of course, the freedom to sow and reap their crops without fear of elephants.
On 5 June 2015, World Environment Day, school and college children from the region planted saplings in Ram Terang’s old location, signifying the ‘rewilding’ of the area.
New Ram Terang as it looks today. In November 2015, WTI CEO Vivek Menon and Elephant Family CEO Ruth Powys had handed over a ceremonial bunch of keys to the Gaon Burha, the village headman, marking the village’s completion.
Elephant footprints and scattered bananas in this picture from April 2016 show that elephants have reclaimed the area where Ram Terang once stood.
A pile of elephant dung on a broken fence at the village’s former location. The picture tells the story: elephants once again have undisputed right of passage through the Kalaphar-Daigurung elephant corridor.
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