A personal appeal against tribal evictions in India by Kusum Karnik
"Our country seems to be divided into two blocks having very different views regarding the tribals and their culture. I have visited number of forest areas especially the national parks including all the seven parks taken under the GEF-India Eco Development Project and some others as well; and I am of the opinion that if the forest dwellers are taken into confidence they would prove to be great asset in conserving the forest and wild life."
Jul 01, 2012
Displaced - The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement
Vivid first-hand accounts by the displaced themselves, gathered by Panos London and partners in Africa and Asia.
The six case-studies that form the core of the book feature the voices of men and women displaced by the Tarbela Dam in Pakistan, pastoralists in Kenya displaced by agricultural and conservation initiatives, groups of San in Botswana and Namibia resettled as a result of government schemes and conservation policies, farming families in India who lost their land and livelihoods to coalmining, and mountain villagers in Lesotho, resettled by the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
By bringing together these individual experiences, the book reveals the loss of cultural continuity and identity, shifts in family responsibilities and gender roles, and fractured relationships between generations that are just some of the complex challenges people face as they attempt to rebuild lives and communities. Although these narratives are suffused with regret and a sense of loss, they also demonstrate resourcefulness and resilience in the face of profound change. Development's social cost continues to be under-reported; these stories are a crucial reminder of its often devastating consequences.
May 16, 2012
Honduras - World Bank REDD Project Not Consulting Indigenous Peoples
Support from the Ford Foundation for The Indigenous Peoples Confederation of Honduras's right to consultation.
The statement calls on the Government of Honduras to withdraw the draft REDD Readiness Proposal it submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
Mar 05, 2012
Waking from a dream in Bolivia
The TIPNIS victory that never was
"The peoples’ cry to defend TIPNIS had been heard; “Evo Pueblo” had lived up to his moniker, even if only under extreme pressure, and had listened to his constituents. He even said so himself: “The TIPNIS issue is resolved,” he declared. “This is governing by obeying the people.”...Or so we thought."
Feb 20, 2012
There's More to Conservation Than Tigers and Pandas
"Despite the millions donated to multi-national conservation NGOs, they continue to fail to even save those species that undoubtedly pull in most of their funds."
From Sophie Pritchard "Little plug for Just Conservation in this blog:-.."
Feb 08, 2012
Revisiting Loliondo - a Safari Report
More from Susanna's blog 'View from the Termite Mound'.
"I don’t know what to do except to ask those reading this blog but please do not travel with operators like Thomson Safaris that participate in the Tanzanian government's war against pastoralists."
Jan 26, 2012
The Corridor - Loliondo
Maasai pastoralists in Loliondo are under the threat of having a massive 1,500-km2 piece of dry season grazing land taken away from them by the Tanzanian government.
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism admitted that there had been “excesses” during a hunt by the Brigadier (Deputy Minister for Defence) and the Minister for Defence of UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai, Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE), shortly before taking possession of the hunting block.
Jul 21, 2011