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Evading indigenous consultation in Bolivia

The TIPNIS - the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park - is both a national park and an autonomous territory held in common by the Yuracare, Moxeno and Chiman peoples.

Despite international requirements such as ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, governments often avoid engaging in informed consultations with their indigenous populations.

More… Sep 17, 2011

Tenure and Indigenous Peoples

The Importance Of Self-Determination, Territory, And Rights To Land And Other Natural Resources Property

In Africa, state-led conservation has a history of violating due process rights of local occupants, forced resettlements, destruction of property and farms, and even torture and extrajudicial killings. Estimates have placed the global number of conservation refugees at 130 million

More… Aug 20, 2011

The Martyrdom of Shehla Masood

IUCN and big business - Statement on the Martyrdom of Shehla Masood

We salute the struggle and martyrdom of Shehla Masood who defended our forests, rivers, land and wildlife in the face of unscrupulous corporate assault in nexus with ruling political regimes. Shehla Masood used to conclude her messages with a proud “Roarrrrr” that cannot be silenced by the bullets of her assailants.

More… Aug 18, 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

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