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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

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

For Some Bushmen, a Homeland Worth the Fight

“The government says we are bad for the animals, but I was born here and the animals were born here, and we have lived together very well,”

By BARRY BEARAK, November 4, 2010. The New York Times. Central Kalahari Game Rserve, Botswana.

More… Nov 08, 2010

Ndumo – An avoidable failure

Many thanks to Angela Impey of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for providing this background to the Ndumo conflict.

Ndumo – “An avoidable failure .............. has put both people and conservation on a collision course."

More… Oct 31, 2010

Ndumo: a debate that just won’t go away.

A selection of South African media articles.

"The threat to Ndumo grabbed both local and international attention when the local community cut 11km of game fence on the eastern and southern boundaries and invaded the park."

More… Oct 28, 2010

Bushmen launch appeal over right to water. Survival International. 1st September 2010.

Appeal against Justice Walia's refusal to allow the Bushmen’s application for permission to use a well on their lands.

"The Bushmen launched legal proceedings in a bid to gain access to the well, which the government sealed and capped during the 2002 evictions. Even though the Bushmen have said they will raise the funds required to operate the well, the government claims that they need permission to do so and has refused to give it."

More… Sep 28, 2010

Conservation, Human Rights and Poverty Reduction

A progress report of an ongoing debate

Abstract In the context of the World Parks Congress and the World Conservation Conference much has been written about conservation, human rights and poverty reduction. While the debate has been productive, it has paid remarkably little attention to the problems of eviction from protected areas. Many protected areas in poor countries still contain people and a challenge facing conservationists is how to deal with future moves to displace people from existing protected areas as legislation tightens. We suggest three principles which will be useful as these developments unfold; 1) that the social impacts of protected areas need to be carefully monitored; 2) broadening our concerns to address the needs of all local communities, not just indigenous peoples; and 3) understanding the ecologies and social impacts of co-existence could win more land for conservation purposes than currently found in protected areas.

More… Sep 18, 2010