Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People
This article is the second in a two-part series on the challenges faced by the Democratic Republic of Congo's indigenous Bambuti people around Virunga National Park in North Kivu.
Virunga National Park is considered a sensitive zone for the government because of potential oil exploration, mining and rebel groups.
Sep 17, 2016
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
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
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
May 20, 2016
US and EU conservation funds failing to protect trees or people, claims report
Up to $500m spent by donors on protecting rainforest in the Congo basin has failed to prevent destructive developments, says the Rainforest Foundation
Up to $500m (£346m) spent by the US, EU and other donors to protect the world’s second largest swath of rainforest has failed – for the trees, the animals and the people who live among them – a major study has found.
Apr 22, 2016
The legacy of Cecil the Lion
The mixed emotions surrounding sport hunting may be failing to take into account the views of local communities whose livelihoods may be affected by a proposed EU ban on trophies.
British MEP Neena Gill has tabled a Written Declaration in the European Parliament calling for a ban on trophy hunting imports into the European Union.
Apr 20, 2016