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OBC - Hunters from Dubai and the Threat against 1,500 km2 of Maasai Land in Loliondo

A year end review of the history of the conflict between conservation, hunting and the Maasai of Loliondo

OBC have been hunting in Loliondo since 1993. There were extrajudicial evictions in 2009 from the sought-after 1,500 km2 next to Serengeti National Park. People eventually moved back. In 2011 a draft district land use plan – funded by OBC – proposed turning the 1,500 km2 into a protected area. This was strongly rejected by the district council. In 2013 Minister Kagasheki made statements threatening to take the 1,500 km2. The threat was revoked by the PM, who said the land belonged to the Maasai that should continue their lives as before. This promise has not been put in writing. After 2013 there haven’t been any open official statements from the Tanzanian government announcing any interest in grabbing land in Loliondo. There have however been alleged threats in closed meetings, and a media campaign against the Maasai of Loliondo. A written declaration from the government is needed, and so is continued vigilance.

More… Dec 31, 2015

Elephant Engagements and Indigenous Peoples

Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers in Southern Africa

Elephants figure prominently in indigenous peoples’ stories, myths, and memory. Most people in southern Africa do not want to see elephants destroyed; rather, they would prefer to see effective practices and policies put in place that reduce human-elephant conflict.

More… Dec 19, 2015

Maasai fight eviction from Tanzanian community land by US-based ecotourism company

Pastoralist land in Tanzania is under threat because of commercial agriculture and conservation. In some places 'philanthropic' ecotourism companies also add to the problem. This article focuses on a case in Loliondo.

More… Nov 30, 2015

Respect basic human rights in Masoala, Madagascar!

An important petition designed to call attention to and stop the continuing encroachment of the Masoala National Park onto community lands.

More… Nov 08, 2015

Land Grabbers join forces

Grabbers of Pastoralist Land Join Forces and Loliondo is Misused in the Election Campaign.

View from the Termite Mound - An Update.A partnership between AWF and Thomson Safaris has been loudly announced. Sheikh Mohammed visited and this was used in a dishonest way in the election campaign.

More… Oct 16, 2015

A Hunting Ban Saps a Village’s Livelihood

This village was one of many supported by USAID's Natural Resources Management Project and by its successor projects. An enormous investment in building sustainable relationships between communities and wildlife has been dramatically undone by legislation that favours the rich and further marginalizes Botswana’s rural poor.

More… Sep 13, 2015

Harsh treatment for indigenous Botswanans ousted from Kalahari wildlife reserve

In 1997, the government of Botswana began evicting indigenous San and Bakgalagadi people from their homelands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Since then, local and international advocacy groups have been fighting to enable the groups to return. Domestic activists face harsh consequences from the state, including arrest, beating, and alleged torture, while foreign activists on their behalf face arrest, visa restriction, and expulsion from the country.

More… Aug 24, 2015

Basarwa said to be starving due to hunting ban

While the larger debate continues over trophy hunting and the recent illegal poaching of an emblematic lion in Zimbabwe for inclusion in a "canned" hunt takes up headline news space the voices of those that have lived by hunting since time immemorial are rarely consulted or heard especially in Botswana.

More… Aug 02, 2015