First Nations call for more say in park system at national conference
'Indigenous protected areas reach their full potential when there are people in them, taking care of them'
Giving Indigenous people a greater say in the operation of national parks and the creation of new protected areas is on the agenda at a major conference in Alberta this week.
First Nations leaders and officials from the federal and provincial governments will review proposals that could give more legal weight to protected areas designated by bands, said Steve Nitah, a delegate to the Canadian Parks Conference being held over four days starting Wednesday in Banff.
Mar 08, 2017
India’s militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works.
In Kaziranga, a national park in north-eastern India, rangers shoot people to protect rhinos.
Feb 12, 2017
Amazon Indigenous REDD+: an innovative approach to conserve Colombian forests?
An authority that represents indigenous organizations of the nine Amazonian countries proposes a conservation initiative in which cultural traditions and ancestral knowledge form the basis for development.
The Amazon Indigenous REDD+ (RIA) initiative led in Colombia by the indigenous organization OPIAC is being implemented in the departments of Amazonas and Guainia, territories made up of 169 indigenous reservations of 56 different villages, not counting the populations that are in voluntary isolation. In 2012, the reservation of the Upper Basin of the Inírida River (CMARI), inside the Puinawai Nature Reserve, was chosen as the location of the first pilot implementation project of RIA in Colombia, which had its official presentation at COP18, the 18th meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference. For indigenous communities in the Amazon, it is important that their ancestral traditions are recognized as the basis for the implementation of RIA and used as a mechanism to safeguard Amazonian biodiversity.
Jan 06, 2017
Human rights abuses complaint against WWF to be investigated by OECD.
In unprecedented move, OECD will look into allegations that world’s largest conservation organisation facilitated abuse of Baka people of Cameroon.
Jan 05, 2017
Top Guatemalan beauty spot mired in indigenous rights conflict.
Dispute over major tourist attraction and conservation area is tearing local communities apart.
Dec 18, 2016
Hunting must be regarded as a human right for indigenous and tribal peoples.
Hunting remains a vital means of subsistence and is central to many communities’ identities, so why should they require permission to hunt?
Dec 16, 2016
Developmentalism and Conservation Clash Out at Sea.
Representatives of native peoples all over the world are taking part in a meeting during the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity in the resort city of Cancún, Mexico. Indigenous delegates in the summit are defending their rights and their natural resources, which are threatened by climate change, the extractive industries and biopiracy.
Dec 14, 2016
Conservation zones exclude indigenous people, drive deforestation.
Without their traditional land managers, reserves in Central America are left vulnerable to corporate interests, report finds.
Dec 09, 2016