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Kichwa Community in Puerto Franco demand rights-based conservation from PNCAZ

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La comunidad indígena Kichwa de Puerto Franco se reunió con representantes del Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul (PNCAZ) reclamando el respeto de sus derechos y una conservación más inclusiva con los pueblos indígenas, que incluya la titulación de sus territorios ancestrales con efectivo acceso al mismo, la participación plena y efectiva en la gestión del área natural protegida y en la distribución de los beneficios producidos por las acciones de conservación de sus propios bosques.

More… Nov 23, 2021

Advocates call for a new human rights-based approach to conservation

Advocates say that a new approach to conservation based in human rights and legal recognition of Indigenous and other community land tenure is needed.

Delegates to COP15 began meeting this week to discuss a draft framework that will guide the world’s response to a worsening biodiversity crisis. Advocates say that a new approach to conservation based in human rights and legal recognition of Indigenous and other community land tenure is needed. Some have criticized the most recent draft of the world’s biodiversity plan for going easy on industry and failing to include language that would protect vulnerable people from dispossession and abuse.

More… Nov 19, 2021

Press Conference by Ngorongoro Representatives to Respond to the Imposter Lekisongo,

There was a Press Conference by Ngorongoro Representatives to Respond to the Imposter Lekisongo, It’s Over a Year Since the Election Murder that Killed Salula Ngorisiolo, and the DED Works Hard for the Loliondo Police State

The press conference protesting the behaviour of the imposter Lekisongo is old news, maybe a diversion, and I haven’t been able to get much of a background on this individual, or much information what he’s done after being told off. I should have published on 28th October about last year’s election murder, but keep getting delayed and am un-focused. Then there were worries that NCAA were trying to influence the by-election, but now there is a candidate who is a lesser evil (I hope …) and will become MP, since a real by-election won’t be held anyway. When I finally was about to publish this blog post, more worrying information reached me that the new DED (not that the old one was any better …) isn’t lazy at all in his contribution to the Loliondo police state at the service of unethical “investors”, this time the horrible Thomson Safaris.

More… Nov 19, 2021

Deprived of their forests, Uganda’s Batwa adapt their sustainable practices.

Three decades since the Batwa people in Uganda were evicted from their ancestral lands to create national parks, members of the group live in poverty and marginalization at the fringes of society.

Lack of land rights and access to natural resources has eroded traditional knowledge in the hunter-gatherer community, especially concerning herbal medicine and endemic plant species. Despite these circumstances, some Batwa groups are adopting new conservation practices involving regenerative agriculture on small plots of land donated to them by the United Organisation of Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU).

More… Oct 30, 2021

State of protected areas in Central Africa: 2020

Report provides key recommendations for improving Central African protected areas

Dozens of experts explain the current state of the critical biodiversity hot spot, from management to mining

More… Aug 30, 2021

Ndumbaro Makes a Criminally Clueless and Dangerous Statement Urging Hunting Investors to Commit More Crime Against Rural People

On 5th August, the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Damas Ndumbaro, made a most inflammatory statement totally ignoring rule of law, human rights, land rights and common sense.

More… Aug 23, 2021

The Failure of the Manongi Regime of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.

And the Maasai as Natural Conservationists

By Tubulu Lerug Sokoine Nebasi (Diwani Nje ya Halmashauri/Councillor outside the District Council). (Tubulu is the first guest blogger here at View from the Termite Mound, but any serious voice for Ngorongoro land rights – not least including Loliondo, if anyone would be brave enough - is more than welcome. Susanna)

More… Aug 02, 2021

UN experts warn against heritage status for Kaeng Krachan national park

UN human rights* experts urged the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to defer Thailand’s bid to get a prized heritage listing for the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex, saying the indigenous Karen are being subjected to rights violations in the park.

More… Jul 24, 2021