Video - 'Conservation Refugees - Expelled from Paradise.'
By Steffen Keulig, Marketfilm. Posted by Zoe Young.
Synopsis: It is no secret that millions of native people around the world have been forced off their homelands to make way for oil, mines, timber, and agriculture. But few people realize that the same thing has happened for a cause which is considered by many as much nobler: land and wildlife conservation. Indigenous peoples evicted from their ancestral homelands, for conservation initiatives, have never been counted; they are not even officially recognised as refugees. The number of people displaced from their traditional homelands is estimated to be close to 20 million. These expelled native peoples have been living sustainable for generations on what can only be reasonably regarded as their ancestral land.
Jan 10, 2012
Evictions in Tanzania
There have been evictions starting on 12 November at Makao Wildlife Management Area in Meatu District south of Serengeti NP and near Maswa Game Reserve and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The alleged “invaders” are blamed for severely degrading the land because of overgrazing, farming and other human induced activities as well as failing to comply with the WMAs requirements to live far from the protected areas.
Dec 01, 2011
Conservation and the Violation of the Rights of the Samburu
Three perspectives on the Controversy.
1) Kenya: the curse of the wildlife conservation industry to the Samburu Community. 2) Governments of Kenya sized their Land and now their Animals, and destroy their homes to give room for creation of Monster called Laikipia National Park. 3) Samburu Evicted for “Conservation” in Kenya
Nov 27, 2011
Greater Talacauvery project may displace 2.20 lakh people
A “billion-dollar scheme” conceived at the behest of capitalists and supported by UNESCO
"The promises of rehabilitation could not be trusted as the people did not enjoy land rights on their present holdings. The tribal people who were displaced from the Kudremukh forests had not been rehabilitated properly even today,...."
Nov 25, 2011
WWF fears backlash on Rufiji Delta mangrove forest initiative
"WWF has never advocated the eviction of communities from the delta. The recent evictions were carried out by government agencies,”
“At the centre of our critique of the REDD-readiness programme is the framing of the environmental problem in project documents in which the Warufiji are depicted by foresters, environmentalists, and donors as poor stewards of the mangrove forests,....”
Nov 18, 2011
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.
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.
Nov 11, 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.
Nov 05, 2011