The Project RE-HAB has shown a huge potential and will soon be replicated in all states which are affected by elephant attacks such as West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
About the Mission RE-HAB
- The Mission is an initiation of Khadi and Village Industries Commission’s (KVIC).
- Under the project the bee boxes are used as fences to prevent elephants to enter in human habitation.
- Location:It was launched on the periphery of Nagarhole National Park in Kodagu district, Karnataka.
- Outcomes:The innovative Project RE-HAB has significantly reduced elephants’ presence in residential areas.
- The projects results are encouraging as they have prevented elephant’s movement into human territories.
- It is considered to a unique and cost-effective way of preventing elephant – human conflict.
- A number of elephants are seen returning to the jungles fearing honey bee.
- Also, no destruction of crops or property by elephants has been reported in these areas since the bee boxes have been placed on the passageways of elephants.
- Benefits:Project RE-HAB will have multi-pronged benefits such as
- reducing human-elephant conflicts
- increasing farmers’ income through beekeeping
- addressing climate change
- regenerating forest cover
Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)
- It is a statutory body which was formed in April 1957.
- It was created under the Act of Parliament, 'Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956'.
- It is an apex organization under the Ministry of MSME.
- It aims to "plan, promote, facilitate, organize and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries in the rural areas.