Fence villages; keep forests open: MP calls for policy shift in Sri Lanka’s human elephant conflict

Sri Lanka must formulate new policy to address what has now become the worst human-elephant conflict in the world, Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) Chairman Prof Tissa Vitharana said.

Presenting the first COPA report in parliament Tuesday (20) morning, Vitharana said that policies adopted by authorities to date to address the conflict has only resulted in increased human and elephant deaths.

The government MP said implementing a proposal by elephant expert and head of the Centre for Conservation and Research (CCR) Dr Prithiviraj Fernando would be “far more sensible”.

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