The state of West Bengal in India is home to a significant population of wild Asian elephants. However, human-elephant conflict (HEC) incidents in the state are on the rise, posing a significant threat to both human life and elephant conservation efforts. The conflict is driven by several factors, including habitat loss, human encroachment, and changing land use patterns. Elephants often stray from their natural habitats in search of food, water, and shelter, which brings them into contact with human settlements and agricultural lands. This frequently leads to conflict situations where elephants damage crops, property, and even attack humans, resulting in fatalities. In 2021-2022 alone, the state saw 77 lives lost, 190 individuals injured, and crop damage surpassing 40 million hectares in aggregate.
Call for Innovation
The situation demands innovative solutions that can prevent the conflict and ensure the safety of both humans and elephants through a rapid response. In collaboration with the West Bengal Forest Department (WBFD), JICA is actively seeking a visionary digital partner as we launch a Proof-of-concept (PoC) to test technologies and inform WBFD's data strategy. The selected digital partner will be entrusted with implementing their advanced technology solution, complemented by an integrated database of HEC information. This collaboration will not only enhance the efficiency of the HEC mitigation efforts but also inform future data management strategies, ensuring sustainable wildlife conservation in the long run.
Jhargram, West Bengal, India. For further details about the animal habitat, people’s perception of elephants, and community involvement in the area, visit the RFP on our project page.
Primary scope of work
USD 70,000 including all taxes and expenses, however negotiable. Additional in-kind support will be provided by WBFD.
Selection Timeline (Tentative)
How to apply
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an implementing agency for Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA), believes that cooperation with developing countries in the digital age needs to change fundamentally. JICA DXLab is JICA’s open-source mechanism to facilitate co-creation with Digital Partners to transform ODA projects with digital technology and innovation.