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Sri Lanka a flashpoint of Human-Elephant Conflict

Sri Lanka has become the country with the highest number of elephant deaths in the world due to the human-elephant conflict.

It was also revealed that Sri Lanka has the second highest number of reported human deaths in the world as a result of the ongoing human-elephant conflict.

These revelations were made by Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando, a scholar with many years of research experience regarding the human-elephant conflict, at a recent meeting of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA).

A special audit report on the Human Elephant Conflict will be taken up again at the COPA on February 23.

Although the average number of elephant deaths in Sri Lanka due to the ongoing human-elephant conflict is 272 per year, it was mentioned at the COPA Committee that 407 elephants have died during the past year. It was also pointed out that though the average number of human deaths due to the human-elephant conflict is 85 per year, in the year 2019, 122 human lives have been lost.

Accordingly, the recommendations put forward in Sri Lanka pertaining to minimizing the human-elephant conflict will be considered at the COPA.

The COPA will take up the Performance of the Government Schools on February 24 and the performance of the Sri Lanka Department of Customs will be taken up on February 25.