Is war good for conservation?
The dilemma facing the Colombian jungle
"The armed conflict left thousands dead and the numbers of 'compulsory displacement' surpass four million people. However, some experts believe that, paradoxically, it was precisely the conflict that has helped conserve the forest."
Mar 07, 2011
IUCN to review and advance implementation of the ‘new conservation paradigm’
Press Release: International Union for the Conservation of Nature to review and advance implementation of the ‘new conservation paradigm’, focusing on rights of indigenous peoples.
Indigenous peoples’ representatives met with Chairs of Commissions of (IUCN) during the Sharing Power conference, in Whakatane, New Zealand, on January 13th, 2011.
Feb 18, 2011
South Sudan's choice: resource curse or wild wonder?
In 2007, following two decades of brutal civil war, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) surveyed South Sudan
"But wealth could come from more than tourism and should be measured as more than GDP. Protecting watersheds and forests will greatly benefit the people of South Sudan,..."
Feb 11, 2011
African Union backs Mauritius against UK in dispute over Chagos.
16th Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 30 to 31 January 2011.
"Decides to support fully the action of the Government of the Republic of Mauritius at the United Nations General Assembly with a view to enabling Mauritius to exercise its sovereignty over the Archipelago."
Feb 11, 2011
Basarwa of the CKGR have a case
"Every one of us must exercise an independent and critical mind when addressing the issue of forced relocation of Basarwa. We should not allow government to indoctrinate us and turn us into conformists."
Two opinion pieces from the Botswana nwspaper Mmegi
Feb 05, 2011
Victory for Kalahari Bushmen as court grants right to water (and more from Wikileaks)
In a momentous decision, Botswana’s Court of Appeal today quashed a ruling that denied the Kalahari Bushmen access to water on their ancestral lands.
Botswana government guilty of ‘degrading treatment’ - Case described as ‘a harrowing story of human suffering and despair’ - The Botswana Gazette. Thursday 27th January 2011.
Jan 27, 2011
Mauritius sues the UK Government over the imposition of world’s largest Marine Protected Area
Full documentation including classified Foreign Office statement (annex 1) and Wikileaks disclosure of UK government’s lack of regret over expulsion of Chagos Islanders (annex 2)
"We do not doubt the current government’s resolve to prevent the resettlement of the islands’ former inhabitants..."
Jan 27, 2011
Video - 'My Island Home - The Chagos Islands'
40 years of military displacement to be camouflaged by the fig leaf of conservation. Wikileaks exposes loss of Chagos islanders´ right of return.
Jan 25, 2011