The Asian Elephant Transport Working Group (AsETWG) is a network of 20+ volunteer members contributing innovative solutions to urgently protect Asian elephants from the threats that linear transportation infrastructure poses to their survival. AsETWG is a joint collaboration of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) and the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group (CCSG) that mobilizes elephant biologists, transportation ecologists, engineers, planners, researchers, and finance experts to better understand and develop measures to explore local and regional solutions that achieve more elephant-friendly development.
Additional information about becoming a member of CCSG and TWG can be found on the Membership page.
The Working Group is led by Co-Chairs each representing the collaborating partners.
Sandeep Tiwari, Co-Chair
Dr. Sandeep Kumar Tiwari is AsETWG Co-Chair and serves as Program Manager of the IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group. He works in the Office of the Chair based at the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), and coordinates activities of a global network of specialists providing technical support to governments and other partners for the conservation of Asian elephants. Sandeep was Deputy Director and Head of Wildlands at WTI for nearly 16 years where he led the National Elephant Corridor Project to identify, ground-truth, and secure vital, high-priority elephant corridors across India. His contributions as co-author to the book Right of Passage documented the first-ever comprehensive list of 1010 elephant corridors across the country with respective conservation plans.
Rob Ament, Co-Chair
Rob Ament serves as Co-Chair of the Asian Elephant Transport Working Group in addition to chairing the overarching CCSG Transport Working Group. He is Senior Conservationist at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) and Road Ecology Program Manager at Western Transportation Institute – Montana State University. He helps lead CLLC’s International Connectivity Program and contributes his 30+ years of experience in road ecology science, policy, and management to apply AsETWG’s innovative expertise across the 13 Asian elephant range states.