Botswana’s hunting ban.
Bushmen starve, trophy hunters carry on.
Botswana’s President Khama has banned all hunting nationwide, even for Bushmen who hunt to feed their families – but an exception is being made for trophy hunters paying up to $8,000 to hunt giraffes and zebras.
Apr 01, 2014
Big oil lobbyist serves on federal marine protected areas panel
Catherine Reheis-Boyd’s role as a “marine guardian” for both the state and federal governments is just one example of the many conflicts of interests that infest environmental politics in California.
Mar 22, 2014
Forced Relocation of Sengwer People proves urgency of canceling REDD
Public Letter from the NO-REDD In Africa Network
We, the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) together with the undersigned organizations and individuals, strongly condemn the massive evictions and forced relocation of the Sengwer Indigenous People, one of the few remaining hunter-gatherers of the world, from their ancestral home in Kenya’s Cherangany Hills. The Kenyan government calls the Sengwer People ‘squatters,’ despite the fact that they and their ancestors have lived in the Cherangany Hills since time immemorial; and that Article (63d) of the Kenyan constitution (2010) grants them inalienable rights to their ancestral lands.
Mar 05, 2014
Are we hearing a 'call to arms' from wildlife conservationists?
A thought provoking contribution from Prof. Rosleen Duffy after 2 days at the London Conference on Wildlife Trafficking.
On 11-12 February I attended the London Conference on Wildlife Trafficking. It was held at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) under the auspices of United for Wildlife. UFW is an initiative of Prince Charles and Prince William under the banner of the Royal Foundation -http://www.unitedforwildlife.org they have brought together some of the biggest wildlife organisations (ZSL, WCS, CI, FFI, WWF, IUCN and TNC) to facilitate responses to the apparent rise in poaching and trafficking. We need to pause for a moment to consider this new direction.
Feb 18, 2014
U.N.-REDD program criticized for negative impact on Indigenous communities
REDD (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is a U.N. program which uses financial incentives to encourage governments and companies in developing countries to offset their CO2 emissions, significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and conserve trees whilst respecting the interests of all stakeholders.
Jan 29, 2014
Lessons Learned From Community Forestry In Latin America And Their Relevance For REDD+
This report is one of four reports on “Lessons Learned from Community Forestry and Their Relevance for REDD+" produced for USAID.
Latin America is unique compared with Africa and Asia for several reasons. The Latin America
region offers multiple advantages for REDD+. South America has 25 percent of the world's forests and 40 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Only 1.4 percent of Latin America’s forests are plantations; 98.6 percent of Latin American forests are natural forests. Large areas of forest are under indigenous and community tenure – a key base for community forestry and REDD+ success. Rural population density is low. In Latin America, it is
very feasible to build on and nurture existing community forestry to achieve REDD+ goals.
Jan 27, 2014
Kenya defies its own courts.
Torching homes and forcefully evicting the Sengwer from their ancestral lands, threatening their cultural survival.
The Kenyan government has sent Kenya Forest Service (KFS) guards, with police support, to Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills to forcibly and illegally evict thousands of Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral forest lands and burn their homes and belongings to the ground.
Jan 23, 2014
People or Parks: The Human Factor in Protecting Wildlife
A Yale Environment 360 report by Richard Conniff.
Recent studies in Asia and Australia found that community-managed areas can sometimes do better than traditional parks at preserving habitat and biodiversity. When it comes to conservation, maybe local people are not the problem, but the solution.
Jan 13, 2014