Contribution of science in conflict management

Presented by Several studies on human-wildlife conflict have been undertaken. While some have examined the human dimensions, others have focused on the endangered status of charismatic mega-fauna (carnivores, in our context). In both cases, the conclusions or recommendations end up as “to-do’ list for managers by of ‘better compensation schemes or improved protection’ or by shifting the responsibility of tolerance on the cultural forbearance or acceptance of local communities. In many cases, the actual role of science in both research and mitigation has been overlooked. Through this workshop, that would target students/researchers who are already exposed to on-ground conservation issues, I plan to bring in to focus, to debate and evaluate aspects of conservation actions as also safe-guards for affected communities Note: This is an open session, with no cap on the maximum number of participants. Main aims and goal: Developing basic protocols to study conflict Scientific solutions and mitigation measures rather than ‘to-do list’ for managers and local people Realistic debates on human-carnivore coexistence and conflict management What the student will get out of this workshop: Perspective on wildlife conservation science (defined, redefined or debated for participants) Methods for Modelling conflicts Application of ecological information in understanding how and why of conflict (social status, movement, activity and behavior of species) in human landscapes Habitat characteristics – assessments of resource availability and changes – driving factors of conflict Landscape level approaches in conservation Socio-economic studies and application of peoples’ participation in conservation  Applying science in conflict mitigation Target audience:Students with a little exposure to research and conservation issues Workshop organisers:Meena Venkataraman, R.Padmawathe, M. Ananda Kumar