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 firstname.lastname@example.org DRAFT 10 DECEMBER 2010
Dec 11, 2010
Sarawak: Corruption Scandal Breaks Over Malaysian UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmund found to be a shareholder of the Royal Mulu Resort – UNESCO urged to launch an investigation on alleged breaches of the UN Convention against Corruption
"...large sums of public money straight into his own pocket..."
Dec 08, 2010
Wikileaks exposes loss of Chagos islanders’ right to return.
Letter to the Guardian newspaper.
"Colin Roberts, the FCO's director of overseas territories, told the US that there would be no "Man Fridays" on the islands and said: "We do not regret the removal of the population."
Dec 08, 2010
A Letter to the Natural History Museum, London.
"It is my duty to impress on you that the expedition carries an extremely severe risk to the integrity and rights of isolated (uncontacted) indigenous groups...."
From the Director of Iniciativa Amotocodie to Dr Sandy Knapp, Paraguay 2010 Expedition Coordinator
Dec 07, 2010
Whither Botswana ?
Bushmen less insulting than Basarwa - Corry
"The government seems to be reluctant to accept the reality that the Bushmen of the CKGR challenged and defeated it in court over its controversial policy to relocate them."
Dec 01, 2010
227 families to be evicted for the expansion of the Dampa Tiger Reserve in India
Their second eviction since 1989.
Forest officials had already imposed restrictions on jhum cultivation that are the community’s main source of livelihood.
Nov 25, 2010
Congo Leaves Locals Out of Conservation Plans
"Today, I'm ashamed to have signed the documents creating this park, because I didn't know that we would die of hunger in the middle of the forest."
"The law strips forest-dwelling people of all usage rights within the core conservation zones..."
Nov 22, 2010
Video - Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks out in support of the Bushmen
"The Botswana Government has always been for us a showcase democracy"
“The Botswana Government has always been for us a showcase democracy in the way that it cares for its people. I appeal to them, and the world, to find new ways to help solve these issues in a manner that respects the lovely, spiritual culture of the San Bushmen and that truly cares for all of the people of Africa, especially its oldest inhabitants.”
Nov 22, 2010