Asian Elephant Transport Working Group
The Asian Elephant Transport Working Group (AsETWG) was formed in 2018 as a joint collaboration of the IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group and the IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG). The group is focused on contributing to the improvement of core habitats and Asian elephant movement corridors that are increasingly threatened by the development of linear transportation infrastructure – roads, railways, and canals. Currently, 20+ volunteer members are undertaking field investigations, and developing solutions for decreasing mortality and barriers to Asian elephant movement across the species’ 13 range states.
Asian elephants are protected from mortality, and barriers to their movement are avoided and reduced, through the development, dissemination, acceptance, and implementation of best-practices for linear transportation infrastructure that maintain, enhance, and restore ecological connectivity
Serve as the hub of expertise, synthesis, integration, practical guidance, and technical support to deliver practical, flexible, and science-based solutions that avoid and mitigate threats to Asian elephants posed by linear transportation infrastructure across all 13 range states
Communication – Foster a network of experts and practitioners, and their collaborative initiatives, by facilitating information sharing, knowledge generation, and the application of existing and emerging practices that increases the deployment of the latest advances in road, railway, and canal ecology to achieve more wildlife-friendly linear transportation infrastructure development across Asian elephant range states.
Science – Increase the collection, compilation, generation, and dissemination of scientific information that supports increased measures for avoiding and mitigating the impacts of linear transportation infrastructure on Asian elephants, including monitoring methods, research and evaluation protocols, and assessment, identification, and prioritization of key locations.
Policy – Engage and collaborate with local, regional, and national communities and partners to inform legislation, administration, and implementation of supportive codes, standards, and other legal provisions for planning linear transportation infrastructure that addresses the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss, and meets the needs of people, Asian elephants, and the habitats where they live.
Capacity-building – Provide scientific expertise, technical designs, and engineering techniques to support efficiency, innovation, and excellence to achieve the avoidance and mitigation of impacts on Asian elephants when implementing linear transportation infrastructure projects across the range states.