Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, launched ‘Gaj Yatra’ today, a nationwide campaign to protect elephants on the occasion of World Elephant Day. The campaign is planned to cover 12 elephant range states. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Dr Vardhan urged the people to prepare a strategy for a more even distribution of the elephant population in all the states of the country. The Minister emphasised that an attempt must be made to bring to an end the chapter of man-animal conflict. He added that a war must be waged against poachers and hunters who harm elephants and other wildlife. Calling for proactive, innovative and out-of-the-box ideas, Dr Vardhan said that efforts for elephant conservation must bring about a qualitative improvement by the next World Elephant Day. Besides this, Actor and wildlife enthusiast, Dia Mirza, participated in the walk and run event organised on the occasion along with the children.