The Corridor - Loliondo
Maasai pastoralists in Loliondo are under the threat of having a massive 1,500-km2 piece of dry season grazing land taken away from them by the Tanzanian government.
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism admitted that there had been “excesses” during a hunt by the Brigadier (Deputy Minister for Defence) and the Minister for Defence of UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai, Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE), shortly before taking possession of the hunting block.
Jul 21, 2011
Uganda: Wildlife Authority Evicts 2,200 From Elgon
2,201 people in Manafwa District have been rendered landless after Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) evicted them from Mt. Elgon National Park
The eviction comes barely a month after the UPDF, Police and the district leadership resolved to co-operate with UWA to ensure that all encroachers living in Sono, Buwabwala, Bumbo and Mukoto areas vacate the park to ensure safety of their lives and conservation of the national park.
Jun 08, 2011
Second victory for Mendha-Lekha village in Gadchiroli (Maharashtra)
Mendha-Lekh has also been in news for being India’s ﬁrst village to have been granted recognition of its “right to protect, regenerate or conserve or manage”
The Forest Rights Act, 2006, grants community forest rights to manage, protect, revive the forest and to own and dispose of minor forest products from forests where they had traditional access.
May 25, 2011
Ethiopian Government Slashes Karuturi Global Land Concession by Two-Thirds
Karuturi Chief Executive Officer Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi said reports claiming the government reduced the concession “are completely baseless".
"The amendment, which reduced the concession by two-thirds to 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres), was made in consultation with Bangalore-based Karuturi six months ago, Esayas Kebede, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s land investment support directorate, said.."
May 17, 2011
The International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Held in Brighton, UK on the 6-8th April 2011
This conference brought together an impressive array of analysis and experiences of land being lost to institutional economic pressures. A good number of the cases presented are linked to conservation – summaries of some examples below.
May 02, 2011
Nothing to show for tourism billions
Communities around the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve still wallow in poverty.
"We are still waiting for the day when we will reap benefits from tourism. The situation is bad and it calls for urgent intervention,..."
May 02, 2011
Rise in wildlife tourism in India comes with challenges
Increased revenue from the rise in tourism is skipping local communities
"..at one of India's best parks it was estimated that 95% of revenue goes to private hands while the park gets less than 5% and local residents get less than 0.5%."
Apr 27, 2011
Kenya’s High Hills honey gatherers need urgent help
The Ogiek of Mount Elgon and the Sengwer of the Chepkitale hills
"Relief assistance through the Kenya Red Cross .... prevented from reaching the Ogiek. Since then, the roads to Chepkitale have been blocked by KFS officers..."
Apr 18, 2011