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  • Electric Fence Bardiya

    Electric Fence Bardiya | Vacation and demosite

    Jan 10, 2019

    Friday January 4th, 2019

    Thakurdwara, Bardiya District, Southwest Nepal

     

    Looks like 2019 arrived! We want to wish you the best wishes for the upcoming year!Last time we told you about the demo site we started building and we are happy to say that it is almost finished. During December we collected the remaining materials and spent a week on building the fence.

  • Electric Fence Bardiya

    Electric Fence Bardiya | Update 2

    Dec 9, 2018

    The 5th of December in the Netherlands is obviously “pakjesavond”, the night of St Nicholas. We skipped the national discussion in the Netherlands about “Piet”, but have some other discussions over here. Since the last update a lot has changed. About three weeks ago we spent our days in the NTNC office, we have been in Janaknagar, a small village in the top of the delta called Geruwa, for two weeks now. With the Karnali River in the west and Bardiya National Park in the east is Geruwa also part of the bufferzone. The actual fence that has already been established is around Geruwa, our redesign will also be implemented around that area.

  • Electric Fence Bardiya

    Electric Fence Bardiya | Update 1

    Nov 18, 2018

    After being in Nepal for about two weeks it is time for an update! We arrived safely in
    Bardiya and are getting more and more used to the Nepalese way of living. Last week we
    had some free days, after we first got several days of introduction to our problemowner at
    the office of the NTNC (National Trust for Nature Conservation) and to our workfield in
    Geruwa & Bardiya National Park (BNP). These free days were due to Tihar, the hinduistic
    light festival. The whole country was free from work and everyone was eating, relaxing and
    partying. For us these day meant the perfect opportunity to explore our surrounding area by
    bike and to get used to our lodge. It was also the perfect time to dive into the Nepalese
    culture, with thika, traditional dancing and new habits as a result.
     

Electric Fence Bardiya

For our project in the context of our minor International Entrepreneurship & Development we will be going to Bardiya National Park, in the southwest of Nepal. In the buffer zone around the National Park many farmers settled on the fertile grounds. As these grounds and farms attract elephants, the elephants rage the villages and farms in search of food.

An elephant is a very intelligent and strong animal, that is hard to stop once it smells food. The farmers in Nepal have not been able to keep the elephants at a safe distance, which have led to a lot of damage to the fields and villages. 
When an elephant enters a village in search of food, nothing stops them. The destroy fields and houses to get to the food. The damage that is done by these actions is estimated at up to 80.000 euro’s a year. 

To solve these problems we will redesign the current fences around the villages and farms, an area with an outline of 35km. The Himalayan Tiger Foundation has been dealing with these problems for some years now and asked the TU Delft and us to help them. In the meantime a lot of money is wasted to electric fences, without success. A test site is set up in the middle of the National Park to test the different designs. The request to us is to further research the possibilities of materials and design, and test the new design at the test site. In this way the local people will not waste any more money in huge investments in fences that do not work. As a result they will have the opportunity to invest in their own houses, children and future.