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Uganda: Securing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights In Conservation: A Review Of South West Uganda

"Mainstream conservation still marginalises and ignores indigenous peoples,..."

United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda and Forest Peoples Programme. Media Briefing, Uganda. 11th January 2011.

More… Jan 12, 2011

Whither Botswana ?

Bushmen less insulting than Basarwa - Corry

"The government seems to be reluctant to accept the reality that the Bushmen of the CKGR challenged and defeated it in court over its controversial policy to relocate them."

More… Dec 01, 2010

Congo Leaves Locals Out of Conservation Plans

"Today, I'm ashamed to have signed the documents creating this park, because I didn't know that we would die of hunger in the middle of the forest."

"The law strips forest-dwelling people of all usage rights within the core conservation zones..."

More… Nov 22, 2010

Video - Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks out in support of the Bushmen

"The Botswana Government has always been for us a showcase democracy"

“The Botswana Government has always been for us a showcase democracy in the way that it cares for its people. I appeal to them, and the world, to find new ways to help solve these issues in a manner that respects the lovely, spiritual culture of the San Bushmen and that truly cares for all of the people of Africa, especially its oldest inhabitants.”

More… Nov 22, 2010

For Some Bushmen, a Homeland Worth the Fight

“The government says we are bad for the animals, but I was born here and the animals were born here, and we have lived together very well,”

By BARRY BEARAK, November 4, 2010. The New York Times. Central Kalahari Game Rserve, Botswana.

More… Nov 08, 2010

Ndumo – An avoidable failure

Many thanks to Angela Impey of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for providing this background to the Ndumo conflict.

Ndumo – “An avoidable failure .............. has put both people and conservation on a collision course."

More… Oct 31, 2010

Ndumo: a debate that just won’t go away.

A selection of South African media articles.

"The threat to Ndumo grabbed both local and international attention when the local community cut 11km of game fence on the eastern and southern boundaries and invaded the park."

More… Oct 28, 2010

Bushmen launch appeal over right to water. Survival International. 1st September 2010.

Appeal against Justice Walia's refusal to allow the Bushmen’s application for permission to use a well on their lands.

"The Bushmen launched legal proceedings in a bid to gain access to the well, which the government sealed and capped during the 2002 evictions. Even though the Bushmen have said they will raise the funds required to operate the well, the government claims that they need permission to do so and has refused to give it."

More… Sep 28, 2010