‘We are revolutionaries’: Villagers fight to protect Myanmar’s forests
A community-run conservation initiative in southern Myanmar is using local knowledge to preserve both the environment and their ways of life.
* Deforestation has been trending upward in the Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar, with the area losing 6 percent of its tree cover in 14 years. Mines and new roads are among the threats to its forest. * A committee formed by a community in Tanintharyi is working to preserve the remaining forest of the Kamoethway river valley. * The organization – Rays of Kamoethway Indigenous People and Nature – has established nine different conservation zones in the region. * But members say another conservation project established by Myanmar's government and funded by oil and gas companies is threatening the community and its conservation efforts.
Sep 25, 2016
A total ban on ivory would be disastrous for elephants. Better to legalise it.
Illegal wildlife trade - From First thoughts By Simon Jenkins in The Guardian
Simon Jenkins proposes that "Allowing African farmers to profit from ivory in a carefully controlled market would give them an incentive to conserve wildlife." We ask: Is this either reasonable or realizable?
Sep 23, 2016
Police kill two villagers during evictions at Kaziranga national park in India
Two villagers were killed and about 40 injured (plus 18 police) during an eviction this week from India’s Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The Gauhati High Court ordered the eviction of 300 families who were living in three villages in the buffer zone of the national park.
Sep 21, 2016
Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People
This article is the second in a two-part series on the challenges faced by the Democratic Republic of Congo's indigenous Bambuti people around Virunga National Park in North Kivu.
Virunga National Park is considered a sensitive zone for the government because of potential oil exploration, mining and rebel groups.
Sep 17, 2016
Are big conservation groups like IUCN still relevant?
One cursory glance at the agenda for the Hawaii conference suggests that World Conservation Congress is still out of touch with real world conservation issues.
A big conservation jamboree is on in Hawaii over 1-10 September. Some 9,000 delegates from 190 countries, including heads of state, government officials, scientists, indigenous people and business leaders, will share, debate and act on the latest issues in conservation and sustainable development, and define a global path for nature conservation for the future.
Sep 09, 2016
The Bakas, National Forests, and the Conservation Conundrum.
Dispute between WWF and Survival International highlights how some conservation efforts continue to displace Indigenous peoples.
Complaints about deforestation and human rights abuses in an African nation are so common that, sadly, they hardly make headlines anymore. But when the complaints are leveled at one of the biggest environmental groups in the world – that’s unusual enough to draw attention.
Sep 09, 2016
Clashing over conservation: saving Congo’s forest and its Pygmies.
In the DRC, the indigenous Mbuti people rejected a nature reserve that banned them from their ancestral lands. Now, working with conservationists, they are exploring ways to protect the Itombwe forest together.
Aug 31, 2016
'We have nothing but our reindeer': conservation threatens ruination for Mongolia's Dukha
One of the world’s smallest ethnic groups is finding its cultural traditions on the wrong side of Mongolian law, putting its very existence in peril
In the Mongolian taiga, or snow forest, a few kilometres from the Russian border, a group of 250 reindeer herders preserve their traditions with care. They dwell, as their ancestors did, in the forest, where they live by hunting, gathering and drinking the milk of their animals. But the creation of a protected area to preserve the wild environment may threaten their survival.
Aug 29, 2016