SP 6 - Conflicts of human land-use, conservation areas, and rubber cultivation

The objective is to highlight the importance of ecosystem services and functions arising from wildlife biodiversity and tourism in areas adjacent to rubber plantations. Human-wildlife conflict zones will be spatially confined and damage and threats to rubber plantations and local villages addressed. In particular, this study will assess possibilities to improve buffer zones and the attractiveness of corridors for mega-herbivores such as the Asian elephant and will help to construct a sound management plan for corridors and buffer zones concerning elephant and other large wildlife species. Additionally, the ecosystem services and functions with respect to tourism (economic benefit) and biodiversity (ecological benefit) that the last remaining elephants and other endangered large mammals provide to humans in southern Yunnan will be quantified.