It is now widely recognised that human-wildlife conflict is a serious issue that undermines not only the conservation of many endangered species, but also the well-being of many human communities. How do we make a beginning with understanding such conflict? Is it best understood as the outcome of foraging decisions made by various animals? Or is it better seen as one among many natural risks that jeopardise agriculture and livestock production, or imperil human safety? Or is conflict merely a demon of the human mind, where some people may perceive it as sinister, even as others will see it as benign?
M. Anand Kumar
This workshop, to be jointly conducted by conservation scientists with diverse engagements in understanding and addressing human-wildlife conflicts, seeks to explore the conceptual underpinnings of the above questions using an argumentative approach. In doing so, we aim to enable participants develop a synthesis of conflict that embraces scientific rigour and societal complexity, which, we believe, are the key ingredients of any creative solution to human-wildlife conflict.