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Ethiopian Government Slashes Karuturi Global Land Concession by Two-Thirds

Karuturi Chief Executive Officer Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi said reports claiming the government reduced the concession “are completely baseless".

"The amendment, which reduced the concession by two-thirds to 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres), was made in consultation with Bangalore-based Karuturi six months ago, Esayas Kebede, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s land investment support directorate, said.."

More… May 17, 2011

Government U-turn halts tribal eviction from India’s national parks

The Indian government has scrapped its controversial policy of expelling tribal people from wildlife-rich areas to turn them into national parks.

Tensions have been growing between those advocating for the rights of India's 84 million tribal people, and those fighting for wildlife reserves to be people-free 'wildernesses'.

More… May 17, 2011

Video - 'Undercover with Conservation International.'

Conservation International stands accused of corporate 'greenwashing' after a senior employee was secretly filmed by undercover reporters discussing ways in which the organisation could help an arms company boost its green credentials.

Environmental charity under fire for close links with controversial companies, including Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto and Shell

More… May 13, 2011

Statutory Recognition Of Customary Land Rights In Africa

An Investigation Into Best Practices For Law Making And Implementation

This study examines the statutory recognition of customary land tenure in Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania, which were chosen as case studies because of the diverse approaches to the issue they represent.

More… May 09, 2011

The International Conference on Global Land Grabbing

Held in Brighton, UK on the 6-8th April 2011

This conference brought together an impressive array of analysis and experiences of land being lost to institutional economic pressures. A good number of the cases presented are linked to conservation – summaries of some examples below.

More… May 02, 2011

Nothing to show for tourism billions

Communities around the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve still wallow in poverty.

"We are still waiting for the day when we will reap benefits from tourism. The situation is bad and it calls for urgent intervention,..."

More… May 02, 2011

Rise in wildlife tourism in India comes with challenges

Increased revenue from the rise in tourism is skipping local communities

"..at one of India's best parks it was estimated that 95% of revenue goes to private hands while the park gets less than 5% and local residents get less than 0.5%."

More… Apr 27, 2011

Kenya’s High Hills honey gatherers need urgent help

The Ogiek of Mount Elgon and the Sengwer of the Chepkitale hills

"Relief assistance through the Kenya Red Cross .... prevented from reaching the Ogiek. Since then, the roads to Chepkitale have been blocked by KFS officers..."

More… Apr 18, 2011