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A network for all who care about the conservation of our world and who want to see it achieved with justice, compassion, dignity and honesty.

Is war good for conservation?

The dilemma facing the Colombian jungle

"The armed conflict left thousands dead and the numbers of 'compulsory displacement' surpass four million people. However, some experts believe that, paradoxically, it was precisely the conflict that has helped conserve the forest."

More… Mar 07, 2011

IUCN to review and advance implementation of the ‘new conservation paradigm’

Press Release: International Union for the Conservation of Nature to review and advance implementation of the ‘new conservation paradigm’, focusing on rights of indigenous peoples.

Indigenous peoples’ representatives met with Chairs of Commissions of (IUCN) during the Sharing Power conference, in Whakatane, New Zealand, on January 13th, 2011.

More… Feb 18, 2011

South Sudan's choice: resource curse or wild wonder?

In 2007, following two decades of brutal civil war, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) surveyed South Sudan

"But wealth could come from more than tourism and should be measured as more than GDP. Protecting watersheds and forests will greatly benefit the people of South Sudan,..."

More… Feb 11, 2011

Victory for Kalahari Bushmen as court grants right to water (and more from Wikileaks)

In a momentous decision, Botswana’s Court of Appeal today quashed a ruling that denied the Kalahari Bushmen access to water on their ancestral lands.

Botswana government guilty of ‘degrading treatment’ - Case described as ‘a harrowing story of human suffering and despair’ - The Botswana Gazette. Thursday 27th January 2011.

More… Jan 27, 2011

Mauritius sues the UK Government over the imposition of world’s largest Marine Protected Area

Full documentation including classified Foreign Office statement (annex 1) and Wikileaks disclosure of UK government’s lack of regret over expulsion of Chagos Islanders (annex 2)

"We do not doubt the current government’s resolve to prevent the resettlement of the islands’ former inhabitants..."

More… Jan 27, 2011

Video - 'My Island Home - The Chagos Islands'

40 years of military displacement to be camouflaged by the fig leaf of conservation. Wikileaks exposes loss of Chagos islanders´ right of return.

More… Jan 25, 2011

NGOs and WMAs in Tanzania

"Let us challenge the Elspeth Huxleys of today. Let us insist that here there is no such thing as a ‘no man’s land’ or ‘no woman’s land.’ Let us reclaim our land rights."

Fatal Wildlife Attraction. Posted by Jim Igoe for discussion.

More… Jan 25, 2011

In the name of the Tiger

"Over the past four decades, India has blindly copied the Western model of exclusionary conservation...and has led to increased human-wildlife conflicts."

By Sreetama Gupta Bhaya and Ashish Kothari

More… Jan 23, 2011