In our February 2012 newsletter, we introduced Aswin Bangun, an Indonesian Forestry Department employee. As part of AES’s goal to provide financial assistance for the education of deserving individuals working for elephant conservation in Asian range countries, we provided a scholarship grant for Aswin to complete his Master’s degree in Forest Conservation.
We are pleased to announce that in early June, Aswin completed his degree. The title of his thesis is the 'Relationship between level of encroachment and human elephant conflict in the Seblat forest.'
This degree will assist him in his future work to improve elephant conservation in Bengkulu province and throughout Sumatra. Congratulations to Aswin and we looking forward to working with him in the future.