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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

Statutory Recognition Of Customary Land Rights In Africa

An Investigation Into Best Practices For Law Making And Implementation

This study examines the statutory recognition of customary land tenure in Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania, which were chosen as case studies because of the diverse approaches to the issue they represent.

More… May 09, 2011

The International Conference on Global Land Grabbing

Held in Brighton, UK on the 6-8th April 2011

This conference brought together an impressive array of analysis and experiences of land being lost to institutional economic pressures. A good number of the cases presented are linked to conservation – summaries of some examples below.

More… May 02, 2011

Kenya’s High Hills honey gatherers need urgent help

The Ogiek of Mount Elgon and the Sengwer of the Chepkitale hills

"Relief assistance through the Kenya Red Cross .... prevented from reaching the Ogiek. Since then, the roads to Chepkitale have been blocked by KFS officers..."

More… Apr 18, 2011

Protected Areas and Migration

The current edition of Conservation and Society has a special section on Protected Areas and Migration. A summary of three of them are presented here with their links.

Conservation and Society is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary open access journal dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of conservation.

More… Apr 09, 2011

Zimbabwe: Illegal Settlers Blamed for Poaching At Conservancies

"When the powers that be speak in tongues it is difficult for us to implement."

The high price paid by both people and the environment for the political upheavals in Zimbabwe

More… Apr 07, 2011

Video - 'People have spoken: voices from Loliondo.'

Resolving Loliondo Land Use Conflict

See the March 13th post "The long running conflict of Loliondo in Tanzania" for more background.

More… Mar 15, 2011

The long running conflict of Loliondo in Tanzania

Resolving the Land Use Conflict in Loliondo

"..burned homesteads, reported human rights abuses, 50,000 cattle displaced and considerable economic loss to local communities...What it will take to bring peace to the area is still up for debate."

More… Mar 13, 2011