On September 19, Dak Lak Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature in Vietnam (WWF – Vietnam) organized a Workshop on Feasibility Study of Wild Elephant GPS Collaring in Dak Lak.
Vice Chairman of the PPC Y Giang Gry Nie Knong speaks at the Workshop
Speaking at the Workshop, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Y Giang Gry Nie Knong acknowledged the achievements of wild elephant conservation in Dak Lak over the past few years. He also said that GPS technology is a modern technical tool which has been applied in several countries around the world. This method has brought many benefits for wild elephant management and monitoring. At the same time, GPS positioning techniques also give early warning to prevent wild elephants from destroying the crops of local residents and reducing conflicts between elephants and people. Vice Chairman of the PPC asked the participants to focus on contributing ideas to take solutions for the implementation of wildlife elephant monitoring using GPS positioning technology in the future.
The application of GPS positioning technology in wild elephant conservation has achieved many positive results. GPS collaring integrated with remote sensing technology has become a popular tool for studying regional and seasonal movement behavior, offering more benefits than traditional elephant monitoring. This technology has enhanced the ability to manage and monitor wild elephants in the landscapes, thereby warning, minimizing damage to crops and property of local residents caused by wild elephants.
A foreign expert presents technical feasibility report on elephant GPS collaring
At the Workshop, experts presented the technical report of the application of GPS positioning technology in monitoring wild elephants in Dak Lak; reported on the legal basis for the application of GPS positioning techniques in monitoring wild elephants.
Representative of Department of Information and Communications makes comments at the Workshop
At the Workshop, participants said that elephant GPS collaring is a new solution in Vietnam, involving in many ministries, central agencies and localities. Therefore, it should be consulted with relevant ministries, sectors, scientists, wildlife conservation organizations and local communities while building up the project. It is necessary to assess potential interactions with military and civilian infrastructure; data transmission and storage; data security and protection; battery life; safety for people and elephants during collaring elephants.
Representative of Dak Lak Provincial Forest Protection Branch gives opinions at the Workshop
Asian elephants are listed as endangered by the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Vietnam has about 100 – 130 individuals divided into 19 separate populations in 8 provinces of Son La, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Nam, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc. Dak Lak has the largest number of elephants with 5 populations including 80-100 individuals.