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|Poverty Alleviation Though Managing Human Elephant Conflict in Dry Zone of Sri Lanka|
|Method(s)||Valuation and CBA, Spatial Analysis, Policy Instruments|
Human-elephant conflict has a severe impact on rural poverty in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. Poverty alleviation programmes implemented in those conflict areas pay no attention to this issue. A similar situation can be observed with the elephant conservation programmes, which ignore the poverty issues. With this background this study attempts to: (i) establish the link between human-elephant conflict and poverty; (ii) examine the agenda of GOs and NGOs involved in either poverty reduction or elephant conservation; (iii) estimate the value of the elephant conservation related attributes and their trade offs; and (iv) identify the cost-effective measures that alleviate poverty while conserving elephants. GIS mapping, choice modelling and evaluation of direct payment via field experiments will be used to analyse the data, in addition to conventional econometric techniques.