The Bakas, National Forests, and the Conservation Conundrum.
Dispute between WWF and Survival International highlights how some conservation efforts continue to displace Indigenous peoples.
Complaints about deforestation and human rights abuses in an African nation are so common that, sadly, they hardly make headlines anymore. But when the complaints are leveled at one of the biggest environmental groups in the world – that’s unusual enough to draw attention.
Sep 09, 2016
Clashing over conservation: saving Congo’s forest and its Pygmies.
In the DRC, the indigenous Mbuti people rejected a nature reserve that banned them from their ancestral lands. Now, working with conservationists, they are exploring ways to protect the Itombwe forest together.
Aug 31, 2016
'We have nothing but our reindeer': conservation threatens ruination for Mongolia's Dukha
One of the world’s smallest ethnic groups is finding its cultural traditions on the wrong side of Mongolian law, putting its very existence in peril
In the Mongolian taiga, or snow forest, a few kilometres from the Russian border, a group of 250 reindeer herders preserve their traditions with care. They dwell, as their ancestors did, in the forest, where they live by hunting, gathering and drinking the milk of their animals. But the creation of a protected area to preserve the wild environment may threaten their survival.
Aug 29, 2016
The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation.
Across the world, governments are protecting habitats. But indigenous peoples are being evicted.
Aug 28, 2016
A thematic analysis of conservation measures and their impact on indigenous peoples' rights
Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz
"Protected areas have the potential of safeguarding the biodiversity for the benefit of all humanity; however, these have also been associated with human rights violations against indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. The complex violations that have been faced by indigenous peoples in the wake of evermore expanding protected areas have been raised by respective special rapporteurs during numerous country visits and communications to governments."
Aug 26, 2016
Kenya's Ogiek people forced from homes amid 'colonial approach to conservation'
Indigenous hunter-gatherers are being violently evicted from what they claim are their ancestral lands as unrest takes hold over land rights in Kenya’s forests
Aug 18, 2016
Botswana: Helicopter crashes after shooting at Bushmen
Bushmen have been criminalized for feeding their families under Botswana’s hunting ban.
A group of Bushmen who were hunting antelope to feed their families have been shot at from a police helicopter – which later crashed injuring six officers – while it was enforcing Botswana’s hunting ban. Nine Bushmen were arrested and subsequently stripped naked and beaten while in custody.
Aug 14, 2016
Endangered: A Bird and a Tribe
The fate of a mysterious hummingbird — and that of the indigenous population that shares its territory — hangs by a thread.
"I would not find easy answers, but rather lessons both unexpected and essential in the complex ethics of conservation."
Jul 21, 2016