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Ethiopian Government Slashes Karuturi Global Land Concession by Two-Thirds

Karuturi Chief Executive Officer Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi said reports claiming the government reduced the concession “are completely baseless".

"The amendment, which reduced the concession by two-thirds to 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres), was made in consultation with Bangalore-based Karuturi six months ago, Esayas Kebede, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s land investment support directorate, said.."

More… May 17, 2011

Government U-turn halts tribal eviction from India’s national parks

The Indian government has scrapped its controversial policy of expelling tribal people from wildlife-rich areas to turn them into national parks.

Tensions have been growing between those advocating for the rights of India's 84 million tribal people, and those fighting for wildlife reserves to be people-free 'wildernesses'.

More… May 17, 2011

Nothing to show for tourism billions

Communities around the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve still wallow in poverty.

"We are still waiting for the day when we will reap benefits from tourism. The situation is bad and it calls for urgent intervention,..."

More… May 02, 2011

Rise in wildlife tourism in India comes with challenges

Increased revenue from the rise in tourism is skipping local communities

"..at one of India's best parks it was estimated that 95% of revenue goes to private hands while the park gets less than 5% and local residents get less than 0.5%."

More… Apr 27, 2011

Zimbabwe: Illegal Settlers Blamed for Poaching At Conservancies

"When the powers that be speak in tongues it is difficult for us to implement."

The high price paid by both people and the environment for the political upheavals in Zimbabwe

More… Apr 07, 2011

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."

More… 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."

More… Mar 07, 2011

South Sudan's choice: resource curse or wild wonder?

In 2007, following two decades of brutal civil war, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) surveyed South Sudan

"But wealth could come from more than tourism and should be measured as more than GDP. Protecting watersheds and forests will greatly benefit the people of South Sudan,..."

More… Feb 11, 2011