Are big conservation groups like IUCN still relevant?
One cursory glance at the agenda for the Hawaii conference suggests that World Conservation Congress is still out of touch with real world conservation issues.
A big conservation jamboree is on in Hawaii over 1-10 September. Some 9,000 delegates from 190 countries, including heads of state, government officials, scientists, indigenous people and business leaders, will share, debate and act on the latest issues in conservation and sustainable development, and define a global path for nature conservation for the future.
Sep 09, 2016
Karkamoru is Threatened Again
The DC has visited Karkamoru in Kirtalo together with journalists. Media has spread misinformation.
Jan 13, 2016
OBC - Hunters from Dubai and the Threat against 1,500 km2 of Maasai Land in Loliondo
A year end review of the history of the conflict between conservation, hunting and the Maasai of Loliondo
OBC have been hunting in Loliondo since 1993. There were extrajudicial evictions in 2009 from the sought-after 1,500 km2 next to Serengeti National Park. People eventually moved back. In 2011 a draft district land use plan – funded by OBC – proposed turning the 1,500 km2 into a protected area. This was strongly rejected by the district council. In 2013 Minister Kagasheki made statements threatening to take the 1,500 km2. The threat was revoked by the PM, who said the land belonged to the Maasai that should continue their lives as before. This promise has not been put in writing. After 2013 there haven’t been any open official statements from the Tanzanian government announcing any interest in grabbing land in Loliondo. There have however been alleged threats in closed meetings, and a media campaign against the Maasai of Loliondo. A written declaration from the government is needed, and so is continued vigilance.
Dec 31, 2015
Maasai fight eviction from Tanzanian community land by US-based ecotourism company
Pastoralist land in Tanzania is under threat because of commercial agriculture and conservation. In some places 'philanthropic' ecotourism companies also add to the problem. This article focuses on a case in Loliondo.
Nov 30, 2015
Respect basic human rights in Masoala, Madagascar!
An important petition designed to call attention to and stop the continuing encroachment of the Masoala National Park onto community lands.
Nov 08, 2015
Land Grabbers join forces
Grabbers of Pastoralist Land Join Forces and Loliondo is Misused in the Election Campaign.
View from the Termite Mound - An Update.A partnership between AWF and Thomson Safaris has been loudly announced. Sheikh Mohammed visited and this was used in a dishonest way in the election campaign.
Oct 16, 2015
Betrayal and Abuse Continue in Loliondo
Update from Susanna's blog The View from the Termite Mound. "The people whose houses were burned 10th-14th February did not, according to reports I've got, get any help."
Nothing was done about the human rights abuse of February - The RC came - Kidupo kept getting worse - A surveying team came and left - Channel 10 attacked again - Then Kenyans and those “helping Kenyans” were attacked.
Apr 14, 2015
Indigenous Peoples destroyed for misguided 'conservation'
A pesentation by Gordon Bennett and colleagues at the 'Beyond Enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime' conference, 26-28th February at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift, South Africa.
As we celebrate 'World Wildlife Day' today, there's little for nature's best defenders to be glad of, says human rights lawyer Gordon Bennett. Indigenous Peoples around the world are routinely attacked, starved and cut off from the lands and wildlife they have protected for millennia under a flawed and brutal model of 'conservation'.
Mar 03, 2015