Sri Lanka is a country that is blessed with a rich flora and fauna. Hence, people who visit Sri Lanka will be provided with the opportunity to witness a large number of animals during the stay. However, there is a conflict taking place in between the people who live in remote areas of Sri Lanka and wild animals. That’s where the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society is playing a major role.
The Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society can be considered as a non-governmental organization, which is equipped with the mission of preserving wildlife in Sri Lanka. In order to achieve that, they are following a sustainable model. The primary objective of the organization is to help people and other animals, include elephants to co-exist with each other. To do that, they have taken appropriate steps in order to give life to a peaceful environment.
The unique model followed by SLWCS is equipped with a comprehensive conservation strategy. The model is being backed up by three different strategies. They include sustainable development, applied conservation and field research. These three strategies are in a position to provide a tremendous effort towards their end objectives.
SLWCS is continuously working hard in order to come up with practical solutions, which can be implemented to overcome human and wildlife conflicts. In addition, they are working to overcome the challenges that are linked with rural poverty, land usage, sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity loss and climate change. All the above mentioned issues are intertwined. Hence, it has become important to address those issues simultaneously. If that can be done, it is possible to end up with a meaningful and a lasting conservation. That’s where the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society is heading.
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society is currently engaged with a large number of conservation projects. Most of these projects have been started after conducting extensive field researches. Hence they have been able to figure out the need to implement an urgent solution towards the issues. Out of the issues that SLWCS has identified in Sri Lanka, the issues that exist in between elephants and humans hold a prominent place. Elephants fall into the category of endangered animal in Sri Lanka. Hence, it has become important to save the elephants and provide them with favorable living conditions. However, these wild elephants get into the villages and destroy the lands and crops of farmers. That’s where a lot of issues take place.
The farmers are not in a position to afford the losses. On the other hand, the farmers will have to experience a lot of other damages as well. For example, the wild elephants tend to break into the houses and cause damages to the homes of people who live in villages. Due to this reason, the people who live in villages tend to kill the wild elephants. SLWCS has a clear understanding about these issues. They are in a position to help both people as well as elephants. To avoid the conflicts, they have taken various strategies as well. For example, they have implemented electric fences, which can restrict the elephants to a safer region.
The SLWCS is also conducting awareness programs to help the villagers. Villagers who are living closer to the wild, especially wild elephants are provided with knowledge that is needed in order to live a peaceful life. Hence, they are provided with the opportunity to overcome the challenges that they go through.
In addition to the awareness programs, a large number of projects are also being conducted by the SLWCS. In one such project, they have implemented a barrier with the assistance of citrus trees. The experts at SLWCS have identified that the wild elephants are attracted towards the rice crops. Hence, they pay special attention towards planting citrus trees around the rice crops. Then the families who live in rural villages will be able to spend their time in a safer neighborhood. This can also provide a tremendous assistance to the villagers with increasing their income opportunities.
The kids who live in villages are going through a lot of struggles when they are going to school. That’s mainly because they encounter wild elephants and other animals when going to school. To provide a safe traveling experience to the children with going to school, SLWCS has started a school bus service. The parents of these students are also provided with the ability to transport their crops in a safer manner with the assistance of this service. They don’t need to fear about going to the marketplaces in roads, where wild elephants cross. People will be able to use these transportation options to get to the temples and water wells as well.
Just like humans, the wild elephants are also being provided with a convenient and a hassle free experience by the SLWCS. The elephants are provided with all the facilities that are needed to live inside their designated areas. They don’t have to roam around and look for food. They can find plenty of food and water within the area allocated to them. Hence, the elephants are provided with the ability to spend time inside their designated area and the villagers are provided with the chance to live in an area allocated for them. Hence, both elephants and animals will be able to survive within their own ecosystems.
The Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society is not just concerned about the lives of elephants. They are also concerned about the lives of other animals. Hence, they are taking part in numerous projects to provide better living spaces for the animals. In addition, the villagers are provided with awareness that is needed to overcome the frustrations. Therefore, it has become important to contribute towards the initiatives that are carried forward by SLWCS and help them to take those initiatives to the next level. Then both animals and human beings can live in peace and harmony.