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A network for all who care about the conservation of our world and who want to see it achieved with justice, compassion, dignity and honesty.

Could land reform succeed where conservation has failed?

By depriving communities of recognition that they are the lawful owners of forested and rangeland resources, the law removes their greatest incentive to use these assets in sustainable ways

Successfully conserving forests requires a remedy that is both much more straightforward and far more radical.

More… Jul 24, 2011

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.

More… Jul 21, 2011

Video - 'Conservation's Dirty Secrets'. Part 1.

Conservation is crucial. And we need to get it right. The purpose of our film is not to make you throw up your hands and stop supporting conservation - far from it

“This investigative look at big conservation reveals and explores contradictions related to corporate green washing, human rights abuses, and connections between them."

More… Jun 24, 2011

Video - 'Conservation's Dirty Secrets'. Part 2.

We're in a golden age of discovery but a dark age of destruction.

Conservation work is undeniably complex, riddled with contradictions and competition but it fundamentally it is underpinned by our own relationships to nature. We're the cause and we can be the effect.

More… Jun 24, 2011

Uganda: Wildlife Authority Evicts 2,200 From Elgon

2,201 people in Manafwa District have been rendered landless after Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) evicted them from Mt. Elgon National Park

The eviction comes barely a month after the UPDF, Police and the district leadership resolved to co-operate with UWA to ensure that all encroachers living in Sono, Buwabwala, Bumbo and Mukoto areas vacate the park to ensure safety of their lives and conservation of the national park.

More… Jun 08, 2011

Green groups bitterly divided over future of Chagos islanders

Email correspondence seen by the Guardian reveals prominent groups vehemently oppose returning Chagossians home

Chagossian exiles denounced the move as an attempt to pre-empt their hopes of a return – a charge the British government denies.

More… Jun 02, 2011

Second victory for Mendha-Lekha village in Gadchiroli (Maharashtra)

Mendha-Lekh has also been in news for being India’s first village to have been granted recognition of its “right to protect, regenerate or conserve or manage”

The Forest Rights Act, 2006, grants community forest rights to manage, protect, revive the forest and to own and dispose of minor forest products from forests where they had traditional access.

More… May 25, 2011

Ethiopian Government Slashes Karuturi Global Land Concession by Two-Thirds

Karuturi Chief Executive Officer Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi said reports claiming the government reduced the concession “are completely baseless".

"The amendment, which reduced the concession by two-thirds to 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres), was made in consultation with Bangalore-based Karuturi six months ago, Esayas Kebede, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s land investment support directorate, said.."

More… May 17, 2011