Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Project RE-HAB

Note4Students

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Project RE-HAB

Mains level : Man-animal conflict

The forest authorities intend to mitigate human-elephant conflict by installing bee boxes along the periphery of the forest and the villages under the Project RE-HAB.

On similar lines, try this PYQ:

Q.The term ‘M-STrIPES’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of:

(a) Captive breeding of Wild Fauna

(b) Maintenance of Tiger Reserves

(c) Indigenous Satellite Navigation System

(d) Security of National Highways

Project RE-HAB

  • Project RE-HAB stands for Reducing Elephant-Human Attacks using Bees. It is an initiative of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
  • It intends to create “bee fences” to thwart elephant attacks in human habitations using honeybees.
  • Bee boxes have been placed on the ground as well as hung from the trees.
  • The boxes are connected with a string so that when elephants attempt to pass through, a tug causes the bees to swarm the elephant herds and dissuade them from progressing further.
  • This idea stems from the elephants’ proven fear of the bees.

Areas covered by the project

  • The pilot project was launched at four locations around Chelur village in the Kodagu district of Karnataka.
  • These spots are located on the periphery of Nagarahole National Park and Tiger Reserve, known conflict zones.

Benefits offered

  • The biggest advantage of Project RE-HAB is that it dissuades elephants without causing any harm to them.
  • It is extremely cost-effective as compared to various other measures such as digging trenches or erecting fences.
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Harshad Sarvankar
Harshad Sarvankar
7 months ago

date wise CA is not updated fully since last 4 days