Conserving Elephants in Meghalaya-Assam Corridor through Education and Awareness (CEMACEA)

CEMACEA project was implemented in areas around the elephant corridors in three districts in North East Indian States of Assam and Meghalaya, i.e. West Garo Hills (Meghalaya), Goalpara and Kamrup (Assam) with the financial support of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. The project was implemented from June 2012 to July 2014 with the partner organization Aitijya (the heritage) & Kalpadroom foundation and active support of Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission, Govt. of Assam & Centre for Environment Education (CEE). The overall goal of the project was to minimize the human-elephant conflicts in West Garo Hills-Goalpara-Kamrup landscape through educating people and creating a strong cadre of trained teachers who can educate and motivate students and together with students motivate community for positive actions.

The major objectives of the project was to facilitate dialogue between the key stakeholders including Community Leaders, Media houses, Youth groups, Education Department decision makers, Forest Officials; organizing stakeholder meetings in each cluster to sensitize local actors and create awareness; developing training module and train NGO members on ‘how to impart elephant conservation education’ to different target groups; developing an school classroom module with colour plates and using it to train school teachers; forming 2 school clusters and conducting a year-long elephant conservation education programme; helping students and teachers to conduct elephant conservation education activities in schools; publishing a poster on elephant conservation that is being used by the NGO partners in educating communities and students; publishing a booklet on elephant for students & youth; conducting a student camp for selected students;  and developing a mobile ‘SMS’ network among trained NGO members, teachers and interested volunteers for developing an early warning system about elephant movements.