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South Sudan's choice: resource curse or wild wonder?

In 2007, following two decades of brutal civil war, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) surveyed South Sudan

"But wealth could come from more than tourism and should be measured as more than GDP. Protecting watersheds and forests will greatly benefit the people of South Sudan,..."

More… Feb 11, 2011

Basarwa of the CKGR have a case

"Every one of us must exercise an independent and critical mind when addressing the issue of forced relocation of Basarwa. We should not allow government to indoctrinate us and turn us into conformists."

Two opinion pieces from the Botswana nwspaper Mmegi

More… Feb 05, 2011

Victory for Kalahari Bushmen as court grants right to water (and more from Wikileaks)

In a momentous decision, Botswana’s Court of Appeal today quashed a ruling that denied the Kalahari Bushmen access to water on their ancestral lands.

Botswana government guilty of ‘degrading treatment’ - Case described as ‘a harrowing story of human suffering and despair’ - The Botswana Gazette. Thursday 27th January 2011.

More… Jan 27, 2011

NGOs and WMAs in Tanzania

"Let us challenge the Elspeth Huxleys of today. Let us insist that here there is no such thing as a ‘no man’s land’ or ‘no woman’s land.’ Let us reclaim our land rights."

Fatal Wildlife Attraction. Posted by Jim Igoe for discussion.

More… Jan 25, 2011

Uganda: Securing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights In Conservation: A Review Of South West Uganda

"Mainstream conservation still marginalises and ignores indigenous peoples,..."

United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda and Forest Peoples Programme. Media Briefing, Uganda. 11th January 2011.

More… Jan 12, 2011

Whither Botswana ?

Bushmen less insulting than Basarwa - Corry

"The government seems to be reluctant to accept the reality that the Bushmen of the CKGR challenged and defeated it in court over its controversial policy to relocate them."

More… Dec 01, 2010

Congo Leaves Locals Out of Conservation Plans

"Today, I'm ashamed to have signed the documents creating this park, because I didn't know that we would die of hunger in the middle of the forest."

"The law strips forest-dwelling people of all usage rights within the core conservation zones..."

More… Nov 22, 2010

Video - Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks out in support of the Bushmen

"The Botswana Government has always been for us a showcase democracy"

“The Botswana Government has always been for us a showcase democracy in the way that it cares for its people. I appeal to them, and the world, to find new ways to help solve these issues in a manner that respects the lovely, spiritual culture of the San Bushmen and that truly cares for all of the people of Africa, especially its oldest inhabitants.”

More… Nov 22, 2010