Is all of the criticism REDD receives justified?
'Gold' standard for REDD forest conservation project in Colombia's Choco’
"As families returned to their traditional lands after nearly a decade of displacement, the prospect of new conflict between armed land grabbers and communities loomed."
Feb 17, 2012
Indigenous Rights Versus Wildlife Rights?
In Southern India, tribes-people and wildlife defenders are locked in a battle of indigenous peoples’ rights versus wildlife rights.
Last month the tribe secured access to 60 percent of the forest that they claim is their ‘birthright’ and rejected a relocation package outside the tiger reserve, which is situated at the confluence of the Eastern and Western Ghats in Chamrajnagar district in India’s southern state of Karnataka.
Jan 20, 2012
Conservation and the Violation of the Rights of the Samburu
Three perspectives on the Controversy.
1) Kenya: the curse of the wildlife conservation industry to the Samburu Community. 2) Governments of Kenya sized their Land and now their Animals, and destroy their homes to give room for creation of Monster called Laikipia National Park. 3) Samburu Evicted for “Conservation” in Kenya
Nov 27, 2011
Greater Talacauvery project may displace 2.20 lakh people
A “billion-dollar scheme” conceived at the behest of capitalists and supported by UNESCO
"The promises of rehabilitation could not be trusted as the people did not enjoy land rights on their present holdings. The tribal people who were displaced from the Kudremukh forests had not been rehabilitated properly even today,...."
Nov 25, 2011
WWF fears backlash on Rufiji Delta mangrove forest initiative
"WWF has never advocated the eviction of communities from the delta. The recent evictions were carried out by government agencies,”
“At the centre of our critique of the REDD-readiness programme is the framing of the environmental problem in project documents in which the Warufiji are depicted by foresters, environmentalists, and donors as poor stewards of the mangrove forests,....”
Nov 18, 2011
Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for Caura rainforest
Caura Futures is trying to change this by taking a non-conventional approach to conservation.
Unlike adjacent parts of the Amazon where the chief dangers to the forest ecosystem are conversion to industrial agriculture and cattle pasture, infrastructure projects, and fire, one of the most immediate threats to the Caura Basin is more subtle: cultural loss among the people who have traditionally served as its protector.
Nov 16, 2011
Kenya: Rights Groups Threaten to Sue KWS Over Samburu Perennial Land Disputes
The emerging struggle for the Laikipia East farm purportedly purchased by conservation NGOs
"KWS purchase of the land was illegal because the Samburu have acquired rights to this land under the Kenyan Constitution and international law by residing on the land continuously for over 90 years."
Nov 07, 2011
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