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.
Nov 01, 2011
Rift in Paradise
A desperate competition for land and resources—and between people and wildlife—has erupted here with unspeakable violence.
"The average family of six has little more than half an acre here,......And of course those children will have children. Where will they grow crops? That small piece of land has been overworked and is no longer fertile. I'm afraid another war could be around the corner."
Oct 19, 2011
A very different kind of Walt Disney production
"The survival of the forests and the communities who depend on them in the DRC cannot be allowed to become hostage to the sale of carbon credits under the logic of REDD."
"It is simply unacceptable for local communities.......to be forced to endure even more suffering, in order to allow a U.S. corporation to continue polluting the atmosphere while boosting its image as a protector of the forests through a relatively minor investment."
Oct 05, 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'"
Aug 20, 2011
The Martyrdom of Shehla Masood
IUCN and big business - Statement on the Martyrdom of Shehla Masood
We salute the struggle and martyrdom of Shehla Masood who defended our forests, rivers, land and wildlife in the face of unscrupulous corporate assault in nexus with ruling political regimes.
Shehla Masood used to conclude her messages with a proud “Roarrrrr” that cannot be silenced by the bullets of her assailants.
Aug 18, 2011
Racism and Conservation
Towards a better understanding human-wildlife conflict: Re-visiting common assumptions. A contribution for discussion from Clare Gupta
This article stands as a critique of the neo-colonial attitudes of many conservation scientists, but it also serves as a call for members of the conservation community to recognize that those who care about conservation need to pay as close attention to the intricacies of social life as to the complexities of wildlife ecology in places where humans and wildlife co-exist.
Aug 15, 2011
New threats to both conservation and indigenous groups in Southwest Ethiopia.
From Gambella Zone to South Omo Zone, Indian, Italian, Malaysian, Saudi and Korean companies are clearing land and pushing aside indigenous farmers and pastoralists
The Omo National Park will lose more than 80,000 hectares of land and the Mago National Park 33,000 hectares to the plantations. The Lower Omo Valley was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.
Aug 02, 2011
Could land reform succeed where conservation has failed?
By depriving communities of recognition that they are the lawful owners of forested and rangeland resources, the law removes their greatest incentive to use these assets in sustainable ways
Successfully conserving forests requires a remedy that is both much more straightforward and far more radical.
Jul 24, 2011