Video - The customary bylaws of the Ogiek of Mount Elgon
Chepkitale Ogiek community document their customary bylaws for the first time in order to ensure the continued conservation of their ancestral lands and natural resources
“The Ogiek have lived in their ancestral lands, Chepkitale, governed and bound by their traditions being the unwritten law. This is what is captured in this document in the simplest language possible. This is a product of the community, by the community. It has been written with all input coming from the community and agreed on and endorsed by the community. It brings a governance structure relevant to the community today as it has been for centuries.”
Dec 04, 2013
Good News, Strange News, Worrying Developments.
Idiotic Comments and Inexplicable Silences about Loliondo Land Threats - A new blog post from Susanna Nordlund.
After some months of silence central government reappeared and disappeared in Loliondo. Then the Prime Minister appeared and declared that the 1.500km2 belong to the Maasai and their coming generations thereby reversing the threats and lies by the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism. Long term FZS head comes out in support of the Government and OBC.
The court case against Thomson Safaris is ongoing, there’s still unity, but sinister old manager is back. This dry season turned bad and grazing in Serengeti NP was needed. Cows and people were arrested with strange charge sheets.
Nov 28, 2013
Land grabbing: is conservation part of the problem or the solution?
An IIED briefing paper on land acquisition and rights prepared by Tom Blomley, Dilys Roe, Fred Nelson, Fiona Flintan
Large-scale land acquisitions are increasing in pace and scale, in particular across parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Weak governance and poor land use planning mean that commercial ‘land grabs’ often damage biodiversity as well as dispossessing people from customary rights and livelihoods. Land can also be ‘grabbed’ for ‘green’ purposes, triggering conflicts that undermine potential synergies. Expanded state protected areas, land for carbon offset markets and REDD, and for private conservation projects all potentially conflict with community rights. Such conflict is counterproductive because secure customary and communal land tenure helps enable sustainable natural resource management by local communities. This briefing presents the experience of international development, wildlife and human rights practitioners, shared at a symposium on land grabbing and conservation in March 2013.
Nov 04, 2013
The Van Gujjar Migration - A traditional cultures project
The Van Gujjar people's annual migration challenges conservation to build more flexible strategies guaranteeing the sustainability of ancient traditions; especially when these can be better partners than settled agriculture in the challenge to maintain sustainable levels of biodiversity. This project showcases an innovative use of Google Earth and Google Maps to highlight the Van Gujjar's ancient migratory tradition now imperilled by, amongst many pressures, the establishment of protected areas. The challenge to conservation of including not just established and settled communities but also migratory ones in their attempt to ensure an inclusive and participatory solution to conservation are vividly portrayed.
Oct 17, 2013
Tanzania: PM Ends Loliondo Long-Running Land Conflict
PRIME Minister Mizengo Pinda has ordered to put on hold plans to carve off 1,500 square kilometres from the former Loliondo Game Controlled Area, in a bid to solve the long-existing land conflict in the area.
Sep 25, 2013
New Initiative Aims to Integrate Agriculture and Conservation
Prestigious scientists and leaders of organisations devoted to biodiversity conservation have launched an initiative to promote a new approach to agriculture.
Sep 07, 2013
In memory of Moringe Parkipuny by Susanna Nordlund
Another Loliondo Visit - A Kind of Safari Report
In July 2013 I managed to return to Loliondo and meet some people affected by Thomson Safaris’ occupation of 12,617 acres of Maasai land.
This report is maybe too personal, but not of the kind written in another time. It focuses on the land threats (and me seeking information about them) and not my inadequacies as a tourist, weird and wonderful people and animals I've met, or efforts to wash my hair without running water. The report may contain some whining and ranting.
Aug 30, 2013
Conservation evangelism will not save elephants from everlasting poaching
* Although most KWS rangers are honest people who risk their lives protecting wild animals, the evangelists rarely acknowledge them.
* More and more cash being donated to save Africa’s remaining populations of wildlife. Yet much of the cash is devoted to wildlife research projects.
* Rather than work with KWS in dealing with well-heeled, gun-toting gangs of poachers, evangelists are walking all over the place “sensitizing” Kenyans.
Aug 25, 2013