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Why Russia’s Indigenous People Are Wary of National Parks.

Russia’s northern Indigenous people have reason to view their national parks system with suspicion. Park boundaries are sometimes rolled back to make way for resource development, while protected areas often pose an impediment to traditional hunting and fishing activities.

More… May 14, 2017

Don’t confer forest rights to tribals in critical tiger habitats: NTCA.

National Tiger Conservation Authority’s decision on tribals and forest dwellers draws criticism from CPM leader Brinda Karat.

India’s nodal tiger authority has asked tiger range states not to confer forest rights to any tribal or forest dwelling communities in critical tiger habitats.

More… Apr 19, 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.

More… Mar 11, 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.

More… Feb 12, 2017

Conservationists clash over India's landmark forest rights law

"No rights can be championed, nor wildlife saved, if the forests at the centre of the tussle vanish"

More… Nov 19, 2016

Open Letter - India's Forest Rights Act

Open letter requesting that India’s Forest Rights Act is implemented and its integrity upheld

More… Nov 10, 2016

‘We are revolutionaries’: Villagers fight to protect Myanmar’s forests

A community-run conservation initiative in southern Myanmar is using local knowledge to preserve both the environment and their ways of life.

* Deforestation has been trending upward in the Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar, with the area losing 6 percent of its tree cover in 14 years. Mines and new roads are among the threats to its forest. * A committee formed by a community in Tanintharyi is working to preserve the remaining forest of the Kamoethway river valley. * The organization – Rays of Kamoethway Indigenous People and Nature – has established nine different conservation zones in the region. * But members say another conservation project established by Myanmar's government and funded by oil and gas companies is threatening the community and its conservation efforts.

More… Sep 25, 2016

Police kill two villagers during evictions at Kaziranga national park in India

Two villagers were killed and about 40 injured (plus 18 police) during an eviction this week from India’s Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The Gauhati High Court ordered the eviction of 300 families who were living in three villages in the buffer zone of the national park.

More… Sep 21, 2016