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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

More… 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.

More… 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."

More… Jul 21, 2016

Guards shoot indigenous boy in India's 'shoot-to-kill' national park

A 7-year old boy has been shot by park guards in Kaziranga national park, India, visited in April by Prince William and Kate, which operates a strict 'shoot first' policy. The incident highlights the government's wider efforts to evict tribal peoples from their forests in the name of conservation.

More… Jul 21, 2016

Communities lead the way in rainforest conservation in Guatemala

In the Maya Biosphere Reserve concessions where local communities sustainably harvest forest products have proved a boon for people and the forest alike — but their future is uncertain. Mongabay correspondent Sandra Cuffe investigates the complex forces at play in her series exploring challenges in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

More… Jun 11, 2016

Epilogue: Conservation still divided, looking for a way forward

In this commentary, veteran Mongabay reporter Jeremy Hance shares his thoughts after completing his four part series 'Conservation Divided'.

Thirty years is not a long time in the history of the world, but a lot can change in 30 years. Thirty years ago the Soviet Union was still a thing, the human population was 2 billion smaller than it is today, and Pluto was still a planet. The Earth was also significantly cooler and it was still home to golden toads, baijis, and dusky seaside sparrows.

More… Jun 10, 2016

Locked out of their forests, Kenya's Sengwer people fight back

The hunter gatherers have played cat-and-mouse with authorities since British colonists evicted them in the late 19th century

More… May 20, 2016

Conservation’s people problem

The field of conservation has faced down an internal crisis over is its treatment of indigenous peoples and local communities living in ecosystems targeted for protection. Conservationists now often engage these groups in a spirit of partnership, asking and listening instead of telling and demanding. But still there is much work to do. Part 4 of Conservation, Divided: Mongabay’s four-part series investigating how the field of conservation has changed over the last 30 years.

More… May 19, 2016