Survival International Accuses WWF of Involvement in Violence and Abuse
Survival International has launched a formal complaint about the activities of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cameroon. This is the first time a conservation organization has been the subject of a complaint to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), using a procedure more normally invoked against multinational corporations.
Feb 10, 2016
Appeal to H.E. The President of Tanzania
With a change of Government in Dar Es Salaam the ICCA is once again pressing for the land rights of the people of Uvinje to be respected
Saadani was initially a game reserve created in the 1960s, partly at the behest of local residents concerned over seeing outsiders come in and indiscriminately kill wildlife. Saadani village contributed land for the reserve. However, when the game reserve became a national park records of the boundaries became scarce. Recent research seems to have done a thorough job of confirming the claims by local residents that the Tanzania National Parks Authority has arbitrarily redrawn park boundaries to snap up additional village land. Now they are ready to evict residents of Uvinje Sub-village.
Jan 19, 2016
Karkamoru is Threatened Again
The DC has visited Karkamoru in Kirtalo together with journalists. Media has spread misinformation.
Jan 13, 2016
Tomgram: David Vine, The Forgotten Costs of War in the Middle East
Perhaps a surprising title for Just Conservation but the tale of how Conservation has been enlisted to further perpetuate the exile of the Chagossians from their island homes continues to reverberate in both political and environmental circles
"Although the European Court of Human Rights ultimately ruled against the Chagossians in 2013, this March, a U.N. tribunal found that the British government had violated international law in creating the Marine Protected Area......Meanwhile, the European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for the Chagossians’ return, the African Union has condemned their deportation as unlawful, three Nobel laureates have spoken out on their behalf, and dozens of members of the British Parliament have joined a group supporting their struggle."
Jan 10, 2016
Dispossession and deforestation in the name of conservation and development
Illegal evictions of adivasi communities from Kanha and Achanakmar National Parks
50 million people are estimated to have been displaced by Modi’s development projects in India, of which about 60% are adivasis. As adivasis account for only 8% of the population of India, this figure is shocking. 50 million people is, as Arundhati Roy points out, ‘almost three times the population of Australia. More than three times the number of refugees that Partition created in India. Ten times the number of Palestinian refugees’.
Jan 04, 2016
OBC - Hunters from Dubai and the Threat against 1,500 km2 of Maasai Land in Loliondo
A year end review of the history of the conflict between conservation, hunting and the Maasai of Loliondo
OBC have been hunting in Loliondo since 1993. There were extrajudicial evictions in 2009 from the sought-after 1,500 km2 next to Serengeti National Park. People eventually moved back. In 2011 a draft district land use plan – funded by OBC – proposed turning the 1,500 km2 into a protected area. This was strongly rejected by the district council. In 2013 Minister Kagasheki made statements threatening to take the 1,500 km2. The threat was revoked by the PM, who said the land belonged to the Maasai that should continue their lives as before. This promise has not been put in writing. After 2013 there haven’t been any open official statements from the Tanzanian government announcing any interest in grabbing land in Loliondo. There have however been alleged threats in closed meetings, and a media campaign against the Maasai of Loliondo. A written declaration from the government is needed, and so is continued vigilance.
Dec 31, 2015
Elephant Engagements and Indigenous Peoples
Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers in Southern Africa
Elephants figure prominently in indigenous peoples’ stories, myths, and memory. Most people in southern Africa do not want to see elephants destroyed; rather, they would prefer to see effective practices and policies put in place that reduce human-elephant conflict.
Dec 19, 2015
Maasai fight eviction from Tanzanian community land by US-based ecotourism company
Pastoralist land in Tanzania is under threat because of commercial agriculture and conservation. In some places 'philanthropic' ecotourism companies also add to the problem. This article focuses on a case in Loliondo.
Nov 30, 2015