Has big conservation gone astray?
The world’s biggest conservation groups have embraced a human-centric approach known as “new conservation.” But is it up to the task of saving life on Earth?
* In Part 1 of Conservation, Divided, veteran Mongabay reporter Jeremy Hance explores how the world’s biggest conservation groups have embraced a human-centric approach known as “new conservation” that has split the field over how best to save life on Earth. * Neither side of the debate disagrees that conservation today is failing to adequately halt mass extinction. But how to proceed is where talks break down, especially when it comes to the importance of protected areas and the efficacy of the biggest, most recognizable groups. * Conservation, Divided is an in-depth four-part series investigating how the field of conservation has changed over the last 30 years — and the challenges it faces moving into an uncertain future. Hance completed the series over the course of eight months. Stories will run weekly through May 17.
Apr 28, 2016
US and EU conservation funds failing to protect trees or people, claims report
Up to $500m spent by donors on protecting rainforest in the Congo basin has failed to prevent destructive developments, says the Rainforest Foundation
Up to $500m (£346m) spent by the US, EU and other donors to protect the world’s second largest swath of rainforest has failed – for the trees, the animals and the people who live among them – a major study has found.
Apr 22, 2016
The legacy of Cecil the Lion
The mixed emotions surrounding sport hunting may be failing to take into account the views of local communities whose livelihoods may be affected by a proposed EU ban on trophies.
British MEP Neena Gill has tabled a Written Declaration in the European Parliament calling for a ban on trophy hunting imports into the European Union.
Apr 20, 2016
Tanzanian land rights victory earns Masaai leader Goldman prize
Edward Loure wins leading environmental award after helping communities in Tanzanian Rift Valley secure legal title to ancestral land
Edward Loure helped to pioneer a new model for conservation and development in Tanzania that gives land titles to indigenous communities rather than individuals.
Apr 19, 2016
Deadly borders ... 30 Namibians killed through Botswana's shoot-to-kill policy
ON A chilly night near Ihaha camp in the Chobe National Park, corporal Joel Mathe of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) sets out on an anti-poaching patrol with his team.
Mar 09, 2016
Is carbon funding hurting forest peoples?
Evidence from Madagascar
The Paris Agreement of December 2015 encourages countries “…to take action to implement and support, including through results-based payments…activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation” (Article 5) as a key policy instrument for climate change mitigation. The Agreement also acknowledges the need to respect human rights in all climate actions.
Mar 01, 2016
Our Eclipsed View of Conservation is Driving Human-Animal Conflicts
The ‘human’ in ‘human-wildlife conflicts’ suggests that many drivers of conflicts are the result of poor management, misguided clearance decisions and apathy.
Feb 28, 2016
Indigenous communities enhance biodiversity
Research findings that traditional methods of farm cultivation of indigenous communities support biodiversity are fuelling calls from conservationists not to relocate them outside Malaysia’s thinning patches of rainforests.
Feb 14, 2016