Human-Wildlife Conflict: Voicing the Concerns of Chandrapur’s Villagers

One of the most difficult conundrums one faces while working as a community organiser in the villages of Chandrapur is the issue of human. It is true that wildlife such as tigers and leopards are endangered, but in certain pockets of Chandrapur such as Brahmapuri division, the increasing attacks on humans, livestock and crop destruction plays havoc with the lives of the local villagers.

All these matters came up for discussion once again yesterday when Times of India conducted a debate on the issue in which I was invited. Other participants included people’s Kishore Jorgewar MLA of Chandrapur, Sanjay Thakre ex-CCF of Chandrapur, Bandu Dhotre wildlife conservation expert, Aditya Joshi Wildlife expert and Nawab Shafath Ali Khan who introduced himself as Wildlife conservationist expert . My attempt was to put the experiences of the villagers who near the forest areas and the economic and psychological sufferings they have to undergo due to the attack.

You can read the full report published in today’s Times of India

  • Paromita Goswami