Outrage over ‘unethical’ Botswana elephant hunt.
There’s outrage in Botswana over the shooting of a collared elephant and four others on San communal land.
When President Mokgweetsi Masisi opened up Botswana’s rich wildlands to hunting, it helped gain him the essential rural votes he needed to get re-elected. But the ‘unethical’ hunting of a collared elephant has the local San community, and supporters of hunting, up in arms.
Dec 12, 2019
A crisis of too many, not too few.
Reflections on elephants, trees, conservation and the future by Dr Brian Child.
From a series of articles published in Botswana's Mmegionline between April and July 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Conservation hysteria or Conservation fact?
Botswana re-introduces hunting to a chorus of criticism.
After Ian Khama stepped down as President of Botswana to be replaced by Mokgweetsi Masisi some of the corner stone "environmental" policies of Ian Khama were immediately up for review. Political gamesmanship or sound conservation strategy?
May 27, 2019
Forest Rights Lost.
Evictions Loom Over a Million Adivasis.
How can the competing issues of conservation and indigenous rights work in harmony to ensure both forests and the livelihoods of their inhabitants are protected?
Mar 09, 2019
Botswana has found her voice about elephants – but will we listen?
Botswana elephants – to trophy hunt and cull, or not? The current international furore over a Botswana government White Paper (discussion document) regarding elephant management necessitates an understanding of the entire picture. This is one of a series of opinion pieces on the subject published by Africa Geographic
Feb 28, 2019
Millions of forest-dwelling indigenous people in India to be evicted
Critics say supreme court ruling constitutes ‘mass eviction in name of conservation’
Millions of Indians face eviction after the country’s supreme court ruled that indigenous people illegally living on forest land should move.
Campaigners for the rights of tribal and forest-dwelling people have called the court’s decision on Wednesday “an unprecedented disaster” and “the biggest mass eviction in the name of conservation, ever”.
Feb 22, 2019
The future of forest conservation.
History is being made in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Local communities have participated in redrawing the borders of a nature reserve. They now seek effective participation in the management of the reserve. If successful, this experience could become a model for future conservation projects.
Aug 03, 2018
Cornered by Protected Areas.
Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (UN Special rapporteur) and RRI launch an RRI brief derived from the upcoming Indigenous Peoples and Protected Areas report.
Indigenous Peoples and local communities have been conserving their lands and forests for centuries. But the rise of “fortress conservation” is forcing them from their homes, hurting people and forests alike.
Jun 27, 2018