This Human Rights Day, Stand With the Maasai to End Fortress Conservation
The colonization of Indigenous lands in the name of conservation has devastated far too many lives and must immediately end.
An Opinion piece by Andy Currier, Research Associate at the Oakland Institute and co-author of Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land”.
Dec 12, 2022
The steady decline of Ladakh’s nomadic herders
Military tensions, ecological concerns and a tourism boom, all threaten to wipe out the Changpa tribe’s traditional occupation.
Oct 21, 2022
Regional court dismisses Maasai eviction case against Tanzania
Rights groups said Friday’s ruling sends a dangerous message that Indigenous peoples can be evicted from their land in the name of conservation.
Photo - Maasai rights activists from the Maa Unity Agenda group march to protest outside the Tanzanian high commission in Nairobi, Kenya [File: Ben Curtis/AP]
Oct 02, 2022
Bedouin community fear Galilee conservation plan is part of a bid to ‘uproot’ them.
Nature and Parks Authority faces opposition to planned wildlife corridor near Haifa, which environmentalists say is an important part of efforts to protect endangered animals
Sep 09, 2022
Dubai royal family driving out thousands of Maasai to oblige rich foreign hunters
Maasai are being evicted from a Tanzanian wildlife paradise to make way for neocolonial land grabs by the Dubai royal family. The reason? The right to hunt unhindered for the next 30 years.
Aug 25, 2022
In Tanzania, the Maasai may lose their land – Again.
In Tanzania, a way of life hangs in the balance
Jul 11, 2022
East Africa must reject its colonial model of conserving wildlife
‘Fortress’ game reserves displaced the Maasai but ignore the pastoralists’ role in maintaining wildlife and biodiversity
The recent violent evictions of Maasai in Loliondo, Tanzania, to make way for a luxury game reserve is the latest in a long list of examples of community owners of land suffering under a “fortress conservation” model adopted in the heyday of colonialism. And what for? So that others, be they wealthy tourists or royalty, can use swathes of land as their playgrounds.
Jun 25, 2022
Loliondo - Tanzania charges 20 Maasai with murder after police officer dies during protests
Lawyers say government is attempting to intimidate pastoralists as thousands flee to Kenya amid escalating row over evictions
Jun 25, 2022