Guwahati, Aug. 12 -- With the objective to pave the way for sustained inter-state coordination in the efforts for mitigation of Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) and coexistence, forest departments of Assam and Meghalaya have for the first time celebrated World Elephant Day at Thakurbilla in North Garo Hills in Meghalaya.

The celebration with the theme Safeguarding Elephant Habitats for a Sustainable Tomorrow was held on Friday in collaboration of the Assam Forest Department, Meghalaya Forest Department, Aaranyak, British Asian Trust with support of the Darwin Initiative.

The programme was graced by a number of dignitaries from both the states and over 300 people from both states including about 180 village women.

The noted dignitaries who...