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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

Government U-turn halts tribal eviction from India’s national parks

The Indian government has scrapped its controversial policy of expelling tribal people from wildlife-rich areas to turn them into national parks.

Tensions have been growing between those advocating for the rights of India's 84 million tribal people, and those fighting for wildlife reserves to be people-free 'wildernesses'.

More… May 17, 2011

Rise in wildlife tourism in India comes with challenges

Increased revenue from the rise in tourism is skipping local communities

"..at one of India's best parks it was estimated that 95% of revenue goes to private hands while the park gets less than 5% and local residents get less than 0.5%."

More… Apr 27, 2011

In the name of the Tiger

"Over the past four decades, India has blindly copied the Western model of exclusionary conservation...and has led to increased human-wildlife conflicts."

By Sreetama Gupta Bhaya and Ashish Kothari

More… Jan 23, 2011

The Andaman Jarawa - Is conflict brewing?

"How will the administration control people living within the buffer from moving around?"...

"The Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lt. General (Retd) Bhopinder Singh today assured people ..... there is no need for the public to panic."

More… Dec 18, 2010

Sarawak: Corruption Scandal Breaks Over Malaysian UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmund found to be a shareholder of the Royal Mulu Resort – UNESCO urged to launch an investigation on alleged breaches of the UN Convention against Corruption

"...large sums of public money straight into his own pocket..."

More… Dec 08, 2010

227 families to be evicted for the expansion of the Dampa Tiger Reserve in India

Their second eviction since 1989.

Forest officials had already imposed restrictions on jhum cultivation that are the community’s main source of livelihood.

More… Nov 25, 2010