Renowned Swiss documentary filmmaker Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky said for mitigating man-elephant conflicts in Assam the people needs to be educated.
“Only through proper education we can mitigate the rising man-elephant conflict in a state like Assam,” she said.
The filmmaker, who is in Golaghat district to shoot for her upcoming project, was speaking to the media on Thursday.
“Educating the people on the issue is the first thing to do,” Kornetzky said whose documentaries like ‘Where The Elephant Sleeps’ and ‘Imagine’ have been loved worldwide.
“Chasing elephants has become a new sport and youths especially love doing it,” she said.
“We need to understand one thing that since their natural habitat has shrunk over the years and the forests have to degrade, the elephants are forced to travel miles in search of food,” she added.
“It’s very unfortunate to see these gentle giants being chased away,” the noted filmmaker added.
“These are the issues that we need to address holistically and the awareness programmes must be conducted for educating the youths,” Kornetzky reiterated.