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Who then are WWF accountable to?

An opinion piece contributed by Dale Stiller, secretary of Property Rights Australia.

"...The issue of accountability is thorny for NGOs. The expectation that an environmental NGO should provide a vaguely described “public good” often results in their clients being loosely defined as sectors of society or the society as a whole. Unless, an NGO has a very specific and defined mandate with a target population, its client base will be so broad that it’s almost impossible to judge whether it is being responsive to its intended clients. In effect, there are often no specific clients to hold an NGO accountable”

More… May 15, 2012

Racism and Conservation

Towards a better understanding human-wildlife conflict: Re-visiting common assumptions. A contribution for discussion from Clare Gupta

This article stands as a critique of the neo-colonial attitudes of many conservation scientists, but it also serves as a call for members of the conservation community to recognize that those who care about conservation need to pay as close attention to the intricacies of social life as to the complexities of wildlife ecology in places where humans and wildlife co-exist.

More… Aug 15, 2011

New threats to both conservation and indigenous groups in Southwest Ethiopia.

From Gambella Zone to South Omo Zone, Indian, Italian, Malaysian, Saudi and Korean companies are clearing land and pushing aside indigenous farmers and pastoralists

The Omo National Park will lose more than 80,000 hectares of land and the Mago National Park 33,000 hectares to the plantations. The Lower Omo Valley was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.

More… Aug 02, 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

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

Ensuring ‘Just’ Conservation?

Do conservation organisations need a code of conduct? A contributed discussion from Jo Woodman and Gordon Bennett

"The big conservation organizations have committed themselves to respect indigenous rights in a multitude of policies and statements. None of these are binding...."

More… Jan 12, 2011

Ndumo – An avoidable failure

Many thanks to Angela Impey of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for providing this background to the Ndumo conflict.

Ndumo – “An avoidable failure .............. has put both people and conservation on a collision course."

More… Oct 31, 2010