Greater Talacauvery project may displace 2.20 lakh people
A “billion-dollar scheme” conceived at the behest of capitalists and supported by UNESCO
"The promises of rehabilitation could not be trusted as the people did not enjoy land rights on their present holdings. The tribal people who were displaced from the Kudremukh forests had not been rehabilitated properly even today,...."
Nov 25, 2011
WWF fears backlash on Rufiji Delta mangrove forest initiative
"WWF has never advocated the eviction of communities from the delta. The recent evictions were carried out by government agencies,”
“At the centre of our critique of the REDD-readiness programme is the framing of the environmental problem in project documents in which the Warufiji are depicted by foresters, environmentalists, and donors as poor stewards of the mangrove forests,....”
Nov 18, 2011
Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for Caura rainforest
Caura Futures is trying to change this by taking a non-conventional approach to conservation.
Unlike adjacent parts of the Amazon where the chief dangers to the forest ecosystem are conversion to industrial agriculture and cattle pasture, infrastructure projects, and fire, one of the most immediate threats to the Caura Basin is more subtle: cultural loss among the people who have traditionally served as its protector.
Nov 16, 2011
Video - 'The Endorois Case - Litigating the Right to Development'
This clip was edited by Zoe Young from two earlier films, and screened at the United Nations OHCHR Social Forum, marking 25 Years of the Right to Development.
In the 1970s, the Endorois people of Kenya's Rift Valley were forced from their land to make way for the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. In 2010, they won their case before the African Commission on Peoples' and Human Rights, creating a major legal precedent for the Right to Development and recognising indigenous people's rights over traditional lands and resources.
Nov 11, 2011
Kenya: Rights Groups Threaten to Sue KWS Over Samburu Perennial Land Disputes
The emerging struggle for the Laikipia East farm purportedly purchased by conservation NGOs
"KWS purchase of the land was illegal because the Samburu have acquired rights to this land under the Kenyan Constitution and international law by residing on the land continuously for over 90 years."
Nov 07, 2011
Indian tribe secures unprecedented rights to tiger reserve
In 1974 members of the Soliga tribe were evicted from their homes in the Biligirirangan Hills, Karnataka state, by a local government intent on protecting the state’s wildlife.
As recently as January, 1,500 Soliga thought they would lose their homes when the Sanctuary was re-classified as a tiger reserve in order to ‘protect’ 30 of the big cats.
Nov 05, 2011
Landless Batwa Long for Return to Forests
They live destitute lives as squatters on other people's land and their hopes for government help remain just a pipedream.
The ethnic group had for centuries lived in the jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga with wildlife as hunters and fruit gatherers until 1991 when the government evicted them from their ancestral dwelling to pave way for the wild life conservation.
Nov 01, 2011
Rift in Paradise
A desperate competition for land and resources—and between people and wildlife—has erupted here with unspeakable violence.
"The average family of six has little more than half an acre here,......And of course those children will have children. Where will they grow crops? That small piece of land has been overworked and is no longer fertile. I'm afraid another war could be around the corner."
Oct 19, 2011