Elephant Census

The State has one of the highest density of elephants in the Country. The latest elephant census was carried out from 26-03-2017 to 29-03-2017 using dung decay count method. As per the census there are 1754 elephants in Meghalaya.
Elephant Corridors in Meghalaya

  1. The Wildlife Trust of India in its Book By Vivek Menon, has identified five elephant corridors in the Garo Hills District for the right of safe passage to elephants.

These five elephant corridors are

  1. Siju – Rewak (Length-1.6 km, Width-0.5 Km) 
  2. Baghmara – Balpakram (Length-6 km, Width-4.5 Kms)
  3. Rewak – Imangiri (Length-6.5-8.4 Kms, Width-1.7-2.8 Kms)
  4. Rangira – Nokrek (Length-7-8 Kms, Width-0.1-1.5 Kms) and
  5. Imangiri – Nokrek (Length-4-5 Kms, Width-3-4 Kms). 
  6.  The Hon’ble Supreme Court in their order dated 04.08.2017 in the Writ Petition (Civil) No. 275/2015 in the matter of Vidya Athreya&Anr. Vs. Union of India and Ors directed MOEF &CC  to secure safe passage of wild elephants from one area thorough acquisition or by entering into lease with the stake holders the 27 corridors identified as corridors of high priority.
  7. The two corridors, namely, “Baghmara – Balpakram” and “Siju-Rewak” are located in Meghalaya
  8. Steps initiated to acquire community lands for protecting elephant corridors in Garo Hills.
Map showing corridors

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Indo–Bangladesh Transmigration of Elephant

The first meeting on the Trans-boundary conservation of elephant in India and Bangladesh was held at Kolkata in 19-20th August,2015. In the year 2017 the second meeting was held where the agreed points of action on trans-boundary conservation of elephant was accepted by both the countries (copy enclosed). The Protocol on “Elephant Conservation and Management in Bangladesh and India” and Standard Operating Procedure(SOP) on Trans-Boundary Coordination for Management of Elephants were discussed on the 21st January,2018 at Kaziranga.

2nd Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Trans –Boundary Conservation of Elephants

A second Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Trans-Boundary Conservation of Elephants was held on 27th July 2017 at the State Convention Centre Shillong. The Indian Delegation was led by Shri. Siddhanta Das, Director General of Forests & Special Secretary to the Government of India, while the Delegation from Bangladesh was led by Shri.Mohammad SafiulAlam Chowdhary, Chief Conservator of Forests , Government of Bangladesh . At the end of the deliberations, the representatives of the Governments of India and Bangladesh proposed and agreed to implement the Agreed Action points, aimed at ensuring long term conservation and natural migration of elephants in the India-Bangladesh landscape.

Agreed Points of Action on Trans-Boundary Conservation of Elephants in India-Bangladesh Landscape Pdf Icon (227 kb)