India's National Tiger Conservation Authority rides roughshod over the Forest Rights Act.
An order passed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority on March 27, 2017 categorically states that the Forest Rights Act (FRA) will not apply in Tiger Reserves. By doing this, the order not only invalidates the rights of communities who live within Tiger Reserves, but also confuses the provisions of the two laws: the Forest Rights Act and the Wildlife Protection Act.
Feb 02, 2018
"Too scared to go into the forest.”
Complaint abandoned, but systematic human rights violations continue for indigenous Baka communities in Cameroon.
Jan 31, 2018
Legal recognition in the works for communities occupying Indonesia’s conservation areas.
The Indonesian government plans to formally recognize the occupation and use of land inside conservation areas, including national parks, by local and indigenous communities. The program will grant these communities access to clearly defined areas within these conservation zones, in exchange for managing these areas responsibly and sustainably, and not expanding their encroachment. However, the program could clash with a 2017 presidential regulation that emphasizes resettlement as a solution to human encroachment in conservation areas.
Jan 24, 2018
A call to action by Rain Forest UK.
Call to action for a “zero tolerance” policy concerning human rights abuses in conservation programmes.
This is an important campaign for justice but we ask whether all the potential parties to the injustices claimed are represented here. For example the letter fails to mention the French company Rougier or the French Government which ought to be concerned about the behaviour of an important French company whose interests the eco-guards were protecting.
Dec 09, 2017
Kenya: Conservation and Indigenous peoples’ rights – not a zero sum game.
The preamble of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sets out that “…respect for indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contributes to sustainable and equitable development and proper management of the environment”. Despite this emphatic international human rights standard, and the global leadership and commitment demonstrated by Indigenous Peoples throughout the world, some Indigenous communities in some parts of world continue to have their rights denied in the name of conservation.
Oct 25, 2017
“Pygmy” man pleads with Bronx Zoo organization after son is killed for conservation.
A Batwa “Pygmy” man has issued a desperate plea to the organization which runs New York’s Bronx zoo, after his 17-year-old son was shot dead by a park guard.
Oct 12, 2017
A young Batwa boy has been killed in a national park while trying to access traditional medicine.
On Saturday 26 August, the boy and his father were shot at by eco-guards. The father was badly wounded but escaped but his son was killed.
Sep 15, 2017
Protests in Bolivia Against Renewed Road Plans for TIPNIS Rainforest.
Community leaders and environmentalists rally to protect Isiboro Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory, cause of massive 2011 protests.
Aug 15, 2017