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Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for Caura rainforest

Caura Futures is trying to change this by taking a non-conventional approach to conservation.

Unlike adjacent parts of the Amazon where the chief dangers to the forest ecosystem are conversion to industrial agriculture and cattle pasture, infrastructure projects, and fire, one of the most immediate threats to the Caura Basin is more subtle: cultural loss among the people who have traditionally served as its protector.

More… Nov 16, 2011

Video - 'The Endorois Case - Litigating the Right to Development'

This clip was edited by Zoe Young from two earlier films, and screened at the United Nations OHCHR Social Forum, marking 25 Years of the Right to Development.

In the 1970s, the Endorois people of Kenya's Rift Valley were forced from their land to make way for the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. In 2010, they won their case before the African Commission on Peoples' and Human Rights, creating a major legal precedent for the Right to Development and recognising indigenous people's rights over traditional lands and resources.

More… Nov 11, 2011

Kenya: Rights Groups Threaten to Sue KWS Over Samburu Perennial Land Disputes

The emerging struggle for the Laikipia East farm purportedly purchased by conservation NGOs

"KWS purchase of the land was illegal because the Samburu have acquired rights to this land under the Kenyan Constitution and international law by residing on the land continuously for over 90 years."

More… Nov 07, 2011

Indian tribe secures unprecedented rights to tiger reserve

In 1974 members of the Soliga tribe were evicted from their homes in the Biligirirangan Hills, Karnataka state, by a local government intent on protecting the state’s wildlife.

As recently as January, 1,500 Soliga thought they would lose their homes when the Sanctuary was re-classified as a tiger reserve in order to ‘protect’ 30 of the big cats.

More… Nov 05, 2011

Landless Batwa Long for Return to Forests

They live destitute lives as squatters on other people's land and their hopes for government help remain just a pipedream.

The ethnic group had for centuries lived in the jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga with wildlife as hunters and fruit gatherers until 1991 when the government evicted them from their ancestral dwelling to pave way for the wild life conservation.

More… Nov 01, 2011

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

The hunting of bushmeat

Neo-colonial conservation or wise custodianship?

"It is a historical fact that biodiversity is declining not because of subsistence hunting, but from the destruction of ecosystems by extractive industries and industrial agricultural, so called 'development'"

More… Aug 20, 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