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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."

More… 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.

More… Nov 01, 2011

Rift in Paradise

A desperate competition for land and resources—and between people and wildlife—has erupted here with unspeakable violence.

"The average family of six has little more than half an acre here,......And of course those children will have children. Where will they grow crops? That small piece of land has been overworked and is no longer fertile. I'm afraid another war could be around the corner."

More… Oct 19, 2011

Evading indigenous consultation in Bolivia

The TIPNIS - the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park - is both a national park and an autonomous territory held in common by the Yuracare, Moxeno and Chiman peoples.

Despite international requirements such as ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, governments often avoid engaging in informed consultations with their indigenous populations.

More… Sep 17, 2011

The Martyrdom of Shehla Masood

IUCN and big business - Statement on the Martyrdom of Shehla Masood

We salute the struggle and martyrdom of Shehla Masood who defended our forests, rivers, land and wildlife in the face of unscrupulous corporate assault in nexus with ruling political regimes. Shehla Masood used to conclude her messages with a proud “Roarrrrr” that cannot be silenced by the bullets of her assailants.

More… Aug 18, 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.

More… Jun 08, 2011

Green groups bitterly divided over future of Chagos islanders

Email correspondence seen by the Guardian reveals prominent groups vehemently oppose returning Chagossians home

Chagossian exiles denounced the move as an attempt to pre-empt their hopes of a return – a charge the British government denies.

More… Jun 02, 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.

More… May 25, 2011