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Fortress Conservation has a strong advocate in India

‘Relocation of people needs to be done because people are the root cause of loss to bio-diversity today’

Jhala wanted to become a zookeeper as a child. He pursued that interest by studying zoology and now heads the Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology department at the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun. Jhala is known for his extensive research on tigers, Asiatic lions, wolves, striped hyenas and Indian fox. He tells Prakhar Jain that poaching of animals as well as their prey are the biggest challenges facing conservationists

More… Jun 08, 2012

India - Half-way to autonomy

Decisions by Maharashtra’s top forest official can empower gram sabhas to prepare plans to revive their forests, but a policy is awaited.

At a meeting with gram sabha representatives and civil society members on March 9, Maharashtra’s principal secretary of forests agreed to allow gram sabhas to initiate working plans for community-owned forests in coordination with the forest department. The decision could be a shot in the arm for the CFR process in Maharashtra and also set a precedent for the country.

More… May 07, 2012

India – “The State of the Forest Rights Act: Undoing of historical injustice withered”

Press Release from the The Asian Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Network claiming that the Forest Rights Act has not been properly implemented with 54% of claims made under it having been rejected.

"....The claims under the FRA are not being recognised in the protected areas such as National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries...." In many cases, more than one person/family has been granted title over the same plot of land

More… May 07, 2012

Video - Natural Resource Management in Northern Thailand

From IMPECT a group focusing on the populations of ten indigenous groups in the highlands of northern Thailand

Thailand has a population of more than 2 million indigenous people. It is estimated that 1.2 million live in the highlands in the north of the country. During the last four decades, most of these areas have been declared by the Thai government as protected areas, meaning that local communities don't have the right to manage their natural resources and to farm in their own areas. As a solution to this problem, FPP partner IMPECT began its natural resource management programme in the North of Thailand.

More… Apr 30, 2012

India - The relocation conundrum

How does one ensure the fundamental non-negotiables of equity, justice and sustainability? What values do we want to uphold and what will be the process to make that happen?

"For a while it appeared that the relocation issue had gone onto the back burner because we were not hearing about it a lot. It never disappeared for sure, because it was central in many of the discussions around the declaration of Critical Tiger Habitats, Critical Wildlife Habitats and the Scheduled Tribes and Other....."

More… Mar 27, 2012

Karen People forcibly expelled from the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand

Many of the villagers’ houses and rice stores were burned and money, jewellery, fishing and agricultural tools were stolen by a group comprising National Park wardens and military forces

The letter to the Thai Prime Minister is signed by the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), a network of organisations representing indigenous peoples and local communities from across the world

More… Jan 31, 2012

Indigenous Rights Versus Wildlife Rights?

In Southern India, tribes-people and wildlife defenders are locked in a battle of indigenous peoples’ rights versus wildlife rights.

Last month the tribe secured access to 60 percent of the forest that they claim is their ‘birthright’ and rejected a relocation package outside the tiger reserve, which is situated at the confluence of the Eastern and Western Ghats in Chamrajnagar district in India’s southern state of Karnataka.

More… Jan 20, 2012

Greater Talacauvery project may displace 2.20 lakh people

A “billion-dollar scheme” conceived at the behest of capitalists and supported by UNESCO

"The promises of rehabilitation could not be trusted as the people did not enjoy land rights on their present holdings. The tribal people who were displaced from the Kudremukh forests had not been rehabilitated properly even today,...."

More… Nov 25, 2011