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Island in a Storm

A conflict between the government and indigenous people threatens one of Brazil’s most unique national parks.

Every year, the forest becomes a veritable inferno as it is set ablaze to facilitate dragging nets along lake bottoms and to make room for illegal cattle pastures. Over the last 10 years, satellites have recorded 3,611 fires inside the park, according to the National Institute for Space Research.

More… Jun 08, 2015

Conservation and Conflict: People, State Policies, and Protected Areas In Southern Africa

A paper presented by Robert K. Hitchcock at the conference in Seville, Spain on Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Studies. May 29th 2015.

This paper by Robert K. Hitchcock, Maria Sapignoli and Wayne A. Babchuk (1) explores questions of the ethics of wildlife conservation, (2) examines human rights, animal rights, and community based conflict management approaches, and (3) assesses who has the power to determine policies and practices related to land and natural resources.

More… Jun 07, 2015

The Ecotourism Industry Is Saving Tanzania’s Animals and Threatening Its Indigenous People

Before he was shot, on July 9, 2014, Olunjai Timan slaughtered a cow and his wife made stew. Not wanting to miss the fresh meal, the wiry Maasai herder sent two of his sons to graze the family's cattle on their own. But before Timan could finish eating, the boys came racing back. They had mistakenly wandered onto the adjacent property, a 12,000-acre tract operated by the Boston-based ecotourism outfitter Thomson Safaris.

More… May 12, 2015

Legally Protected, Proliferating and Losing Habitat, Elephants Step Up Deadly Struggle With Sri Lankan Villagers

Global Press Institute by Chathuri Dissanayake Monday 27th April, 2015. MORAGODA, SRI LANKA

On the morning of Jan. 22, 2015, Shalika Karunaratne watched helplessly as an enraged elephant chased her father, picked him up and dashed him to the ground like a toy.

More… Apr 28, 2015

Betrayal and Abuse Continue in Loliondo

Update from Susanna's blog The View from the Termite Mound. "The people whose houses were burned 10th-14th February did not, according to reports I've got, get any help."

Nothing was done about the human rights abuse of February - The RC came - Kidupo kept getting worse - A surveying team came and left - Channel 10 attacked again - Then Kenyans and those “helping Kenyans” were attacked.

More… Apr 14, 2015

Scientists map human-wildlife conflict based on elephant study

Researchers have claimed to have established a "reliable" approach to predict the likely occurrence of human-wildlife conflict which will help conservation scientists to pre-emptively mitigate them and foster co-existence between people and animals.

More… Mar 20, 2015

Partnering for Conservation benefits Tacana people

"People asked who it was going to benefit, and how," he said. "They worried that we would lose our traditions."

The idea of a tourism venture first arose in 1998, three years after the park was created. It took another five years to bring it to fruition with assistance from several international non-profit groups, says Constantino Nay, general manager of the tourism operation.

More… Mar 05, 2015

Can Indigenous and Wildlife Conservationists Work Together?

Indigenous and wildlife conservationists have common goals and common adversaries, but seem to be struggling to find common ground in the fight for sustainable forests.

The forest lifestyle of the Baka people of Cameroon helps provide improved habitats for wild animals. When the Baka clear a patch for a camp, the clearing later turns into secondary forest that gorillas prefer, Mike Hurran, Survival International Africa campaigner, told IPS.

More… Mar 05, 2015