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Elephant and tiger attacks highlight India's wildlife conflict.

Members of the Paharia tribe living in the upper hill regions of India's Jharkhand state have been spending sleepless nights.

More… Aug 12, 2017

Of human-wildlife interactions.

Human-wildlife conflict management still remains a grey area for conservation practitioners.

More… Jul 07, 2017

Taiwan aborigines can now legally hunt for food.

Taiwan's indigenous people finally granted the legal right to hunt wild game for food and tradition.

More… Jun 11, 2017

Criminalising Forest-Dwellers Has Not Helped India’s Forests or Wildlife.

It’s Time for a New Deal.

Instead of evicting forest-dwelling communities for engaging in traditional activities in protected areas and reserved forests, the government should use them for co-management.

More… May 31, 2017

An Inquiry into the Status of Implementation of the Forest Rights Act.

World over, the territories of indigenous people overlap with the rich bio-diverse areas. Their identity, traditional practices, customary laws, and livelihood are tightly inter-linked to their land and natural resources. Protection and management of natural resources ensure their survival, physically as well as culturally. These forest and nature-dependent communities are increasingly coming in conflict with their respective governments and powerful corporations due to the rise in urbanization, changing economic factors, and push for mega projects across the globe, thereby making it more difficult for them to secure their basic rights and access to land and natural resources. Similar to the global trend, the rights of tribal and other forestdwelling communities in India, who constitute eight per cent (2011 Census) of the country’s population, are also being expropriated leaving them further marginalized.

More… May 28, 2017

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