Conflict “Human-Wildlife”: electric barriers lasting solution (Gabon)


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Flora Mistoul, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, officially presented on August 12 current, electric fences, a new technique used by the government to solve the “human-wildlife conflict.”

Called  “Project Wildlife Wire” electric barriers, newly adopted by the government to fight against the devastation of agricultural fields by wildlife including elephants, were officially presented during a press conference by the Minister of Water and Forests, and Lee White, Executive Secretary of the National Agency of the National Park (ANPN).

Adopted to permanently control the wildlife conflict, the barriers consist of posts 90 cm high; 2 rows of electrified wire at a voltage of 8000 volts and wires connected to the spikes and pointing towards the outside of the zone under protection. Taken from Kenyan experience, these techniques follow the cartridge firing tests (rubber gas pepper) and the installation of barriers in Malouama villages. They have recently been set up by the “Conflict and Fauna Unit” created in April 2014 by the ANPN.

“The new barriers we have just put in are to address the concerns of the head of state, Ali Bongo Ondimba, in responding to the rural populations,” said Flore Mistoul. Lee White, the executive secretary of the ANPN, said, “these barriers will make it possible to curb the conflict between man and fauna in a lasting and viable way. All the more so until now, no elephant has yet managed to thwart this technique.”

In the experimental phase, the sites of Masseglani, Kazamabika Etakanyabe, Nzevatican in the Ogoué-Ivindo; Moupia in Haut Ogooué and Panga, Pongara and Mourinindi in Nyanga will receive this new technique. It will be installed by technicians from the Kenyan government at the invitation of Gabon, said Flora Mistoul.