The long running conflict of Loliondo in Tanzania
Resolving the Land Use Conflict in Loliondo
"..burned homesteads, reported human rights abuses, 50,000 cattle displaced and considerable economic loss to local communities...What it will take to bring peace to the area is still up for debate."
Mar 13, 2011
Is war good for conservation?
The dilemma facing the Colombian jungle
"The armed conflict left thousands dead and the numbers of 'compulsory displacement' surpass four million people. However, some experts believe that, paradoxically, it was precisely the conflict that has helped conserve the forest."
Mar 07, 2011
Victory for Kalahari Bushmen as court grants right to water (and more from Wikileaks)
In a momentous decision, Botswana’s Court of Appeal today quashed a ruling that denied the Kalahari Bushmen access to water on their ancestral lands.
Botswana government guilty of ‘degrading treatment’ - Case described as ‘a harrowing story of human suffering and despair’ - The Botswana Gazette. Thursday 27th January 2011.
Jan 27, 2011
In the name of the Tiger
"Over the past four decades, India has blindly copied the Western model of exclusionary conservation...and has led to increased human-wildlife conflicts."
By Sreetama Gupta Bhaya and Ashish Kothari
Jan 23, 2011
Bolivia - Madidi National Park and the Curse of Petroleum.
Environmental organisations in Bolivia are waging a crusade to protect Madidi National Park against bids to tap into its petroleum reserves, build hydroelectric dams and promote human settlement in the country's largest nature preserve.
"Fernández suggested that effective alternatives are needed to fight poverty in the area.."
Dec 15, 2010
Sarawak: Corruption Scandal Breaks Over Malaysian UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmund found to be a shareholder of the Royal Mulu Resort – UNESCO urged to launch an investigation on alleged breaches of the UN Convention against Corruption
"...large sums of public money straight into his own pocket..."
Dec 08, 2010
227 families to be evicted for the expansion of the Dampa Tiger Reserve in India
Their second eviction since 1989.
Forest officials had already imposed restrictions on jhum cultivation that are the community’s main source of livelihood.
Nov 25, 2010
Congo Leaves Locals Out of Conservation Plans
"Today, I'm ashamed to have signed the documents creating this park, because I didn't know that we would die of hunger in the middle of the forest."
"The law strips forest-dwelling people of all usage rights within the core conservation zones..."
Nov 22, 2010