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A network for all who care about the conservation of our world and who want to see it achieved with justice, compassion, dignity and honesty.

In the name of the Tiger

"Over the past four decades, India has blindly copied the Western model of exclusionary conservation...and has led to increased human-wildlife conflicts."

By Sreetama Gupta Bhaya and Ashish Kothari

More… Jan 23, 2011

Rights Based Approach to Conservation

The aim is for this platform to become a central point for collecting and sharing information and experiences about worldwide initiatives which promote the integration of human rights considerations within conservation practices.

"Failure to conserve biodiversity can undermine the rights of the individuals and local communities.."

More… Jan 14, 2011

Uganda: Securing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights In Conservation: A Review Of South West Uganda

"Mainstream conservation still marginalises and ignores indigenous peoples,..."

United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda and Forest Peoples Programme. Media Briefing, Uganda. 11th January 2011.

More… Jan 12, 2011

Ensuring ‘Just’ Conservation?

Do conservation organisations need a code of conduct? A contributed discussion from Jo Woodman and Gordon Bennett

"The big conservation organizations have committed themselves to respect indigenous rights in a multitude of policies and statements. None of these are binding...."

More… Jan 12, 2011

The Andaman Jarawa - Is conflict brewing?

"How will the administration control people living within the buffer from moving around?"...

"The Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lt. General (Retd) Bhopinder Singh today assured people ..... there is no need for the public to panic."

More… Dec 18, 2010

Video - 'Paraguayan govt raids offices of NGO opposing Chaco research.'

Amnesty International admonishes the Paraguayan government.

Human rights group Amnesty International has strongly admonished the Paraguayan government for raiding the offices of a local NGO that had questioned the impact on indigenous people of a British Natural History Museum expedition to Paraguay's remote Chaco forest.

More… Dec 17, 2010

Bolivia - Madidi National Park and the Curse of Petroleum.

Environmental organisations in Bolivia are waging a crusade to protect Madidi National Park against bids to tap into its petroleum reserves, build hydroelectric dams and promote human settlement in the country's largest nature preserve.

"Fernández suggested that effective alternatives are needed to fight poverty in the area.."

More… Dec 15, 2010

Seeking New Paths to Conservation

Draft background paper - Seeking New Paths to Conservation Workshop, "SHARING POWER" Conference (January 2011)

This paper is intended to provoke discussion and generate better, shared understanding of the problems, the opportunities, and the options for nurturing concrete actions toward more socially-just and ecologically-sustainable conservation and development in significantly-large, geographically-defined places. The aim is to brainstorm ways to re-vision conservation as an integrated principle of "development", not conservation as set-asides nor partnerships with development plans and agents responsible for environmental damages and human rights violations. Please send comments, corrections, suggestions and additional information to janisalcorn@yahoo.com DRAFT 10 DECEMBER 2010

More… Dec 11, 2010