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From Aceh to Paris with peace: Curbing human-wildlife conflict

  • Hadi S. Alikodra

    Head of Wildlife Management Department, School of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB)

Bogor, West Java   /   Tue, November 19 2019   /  01:34 am

Developing a common understanding on the relation between environmental conservation and peace while recognizing that these two are interlinked will help decisionmakers prevent human-wildlife conflict and maintain harmony in Aceh and elsewhere in Indonesia. This is among the central themes from Indonesia being showcased at the Paris Peace Forum in France on Nov. 11 to 13. The Forum gathers all relevant actors under one roof in order to defend and adapt multilateralism for collective action in addressing the pressing issues of the 21st century.One of the projects presented by the Indonesian delegates, titled Living in Harmony: Mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflict, deals with the plight of elephants, whose population in Aceh keeps decreasing as a result of frequent conflicts with humans. Aceh is the best example in Asia of the transformation of violent human conflict into enduring peace. Und...