Displaced villagers in Myanmar at odds with UK charity over land conservation.
Karen people in Tanintharyi region fear project to protect 800,000-acre area will cut them off from ancestral lands.
A British conservation charity has become embroiled in a row with villagers displaced by civil war in Myanmar over plans to protect pristine forests housing wild Asian elephants, tigers and sun bears.
Nov 02, 2018
“If the national park comes, how will we survive?”
Karen indigenous peoples make formal complaint to the Global Environment Facility about the Ridge to Reef conservation project in Myanmar.
Jul 22, 2018
Illegal evictions of Baiga indigenous people from India’s Kanha National Park.
In March 2017, India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority issued a notice asking 17 states to suspend the rights of indigenous peoples and other forest dwellers in critical tiger habitats.
Mar 20, 2018
India: Almost 40,000 people were evicted in the name of conservation in 2017.
In 2017, government authorities in India destroyed almost 8,000 homes and forcefully evicted nearly 40,000 people, in the name of conservation. That’s more than 20 homes destroyed and 109 people evicted every day.
Mar 09, 2018
India's National Tiger Conservation Authority rides roughshod over the Forest Rights Act.
An order passed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority on March 27, 2017 categorically states that the Forest Rights Act (FRA) will not apply in Tiger Reserves. By doing this, the order not only invalidates the rights of communities who live within Tiger Reserves, but also confuses the provisions of the two laws: the Forest Rights Act and the Wildlife Protection Act.
Feb 02, 2018
Legal recognition in the works for communities occupying Indonesia’s conservation areas.
The Indonesian government plans to formally recognize the occupation and use of land inside conservation areas, including national parks, by local and indigenous communities. The program will grant these communities access to clearly defined areas within these conservation zones, in exchange for managing these areas responsibly and sustainably, and not expanding their encroachment. However, the program could clash with a 2017 presidential regulation that emphasizes resettlement as a solution to human encroachment in conservation areas.
Jan 24, 2018
Why ruthless eviction drive in Assam's wildlife sanctuary raises questions about rights of indigenous people.
The state should stop giving away forest land to big business establishments.
Nov 30, 2017