To conserve tropical forests and wildlife, protect the rights of people who rely on them.
Many of our planet’s most beautiful areas are also sites of intense conflicts. In a recent example, traditional herdsmen in February took over the land around Mount Kenya, which is a World Heritage Site and biodiversity hotspot, burning down the tourist lodge and bringing in thousands of cattle to graze.
Apr 08, 2017
More evictions of the Sengwer in the Embobut Forest, Kenya.
On 2 April 2017, Kenya Forest Service guards violently attacked Elias Kimaiyo, a Sengwer community leader. The Forest Guards were burning houses belonging to the Sengwer. Kimaiyo was taking photographs.
Apr 08, 2017
Respecting human rights: the key to elephant conservation
"It’s time for a new model of conservation: one that holds human rights at its core."
Apr 04, 2017
As drought sweeps Kenya, herders invade farms and old wounds are reopened.
Threatened by famine, pastoralists have turned to violence.
Mar 22, 2017
India’s Kaziranga national park and the Streisand effect.
Chris Lang from Conservation Watch reviews the debate surrounding Kaziranga's shoot on sight policy.
The controversy over Kaziranga National Park’s brutal anti-poaching policy continues. Over the past 20 years, 106 people have been killed in the park in north-east India. Shockingly, almost half of those people were killed in the past five years.
Mar 11, 2017
First Nations call for more say in park system at national conference
'Indigenous protected areas reach their full potential when there are people in them, taking care of them'
Giving Indigenous people a greater say in the operation of national parks and the creation of new protected areas is on the agenda at a major conference in Alberta this week.
First Nations leaders and officials from the federal and provincial governments will review proposals that could give more legal weight to protected areas designated by bands, said Steve Nitah, a delegate to the Canadian Parks Conference being held over four days starting Wednesday in Banff.
Mar 08, 2017
India’s militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works.
In Kaziranga, a national park in north-eastern India, rangers shoot people to protect rhinos.
Feb 12, 2017
View from the Termite Mound.
Susanna Nordlund's blog about threats against Maasai land in Loliondo - Thomson Safaris, OBC and ruthless hypocrisy.
Minister Maghembe Declares War on the Maasai of Loliondo - The dry season became catastrophic. There were more meetings by the RC’s committee.
Herders were shot by Senapa rangers. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism made a declaration that the land had to be taken - flanked by OBC’s journalists. The councillors protested the minister’s declaration. The situation is terrifying.
Jan 30, 2017