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Billionaire's elephant-hunting safaris implicated in "Pygmy” abuses

Survival International has learned that an elephant-hunting safari operation jointly owned by a French billionaire has been implicated in human rights abuses against local Baka “Pygmies” and their neighbors, including illegal evictions and torture.

More… Nov 19, 2016

Amazon fishery management provides rare 'win-win' for conservation and poverty alleviation

A study into freshwater lake management along the Amazon's most meandering river has demonstrated astounding benefits to local livelihoods in replenishing vitally important fish stocks -- a source of much-needed food and income.

More… Oct 27, 2016

Sengwer Women’s Experiences of Evictions.

And their involvement in the struggle for Sengwer land rights.

More… Oct 19, 2016

Botswana: Helicopter crashes after shooting at Bushmen

Bushmen have been criminalized for feeding their families under Botswana’s hunting ban.

A group of Bushmen who were hunting antelope to feed their families have been shot at from a police helicopter – which later crashed injuring six officers – while it was enforcing Botswana’s hunting ban. Nine Bushmen were arrested and subsequently stripped naked and beaten while in custody.

More… Aug 14, 2016

Is carbon funding hurting forest peoples?

Evidence from Madagascar

The Paris Agreement of December 2015 encourages countries “…to take action to implement and support, including through results-based payments…activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation” (Article 5) as a key policy instrument for climate change mitigation. The Agreement also acknowledges the need to respect human rights in all climate actions.

More… Mar 01, 2016

Harsh treatment for indigenous Botswanans ousted from Kalahari wildlife reserve

In 1997, the government of Botswana began evicting indigenous San and Bakgalagadi people from their homelands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Since then, local and international advocacy groups have been fighting to enable the groups to return. Domestic activists face harsh consequences from the state, including arrest, beating, and alleged torture, while foreign activists on their behalf face arrest, visa restriction, and expulsion from the country.

More… Aug 24, 2015

India's indigenous evictions

The dark side of the Jungle Book

While the world gears up for Jungle Book fever, something sinister is afoot in the forests of India, writes Tom Linton. No, not Shere Khan, but zealous officials illegally evicting indigenous communities from their ancestral forests in the name of 'conservation' - and to make way for tiger tourism. And it's happening across India putting millions of people under threat.

More… Feb 07, 2015

Indigenous territories play dual role as homelands and protected areas

Conservation conundrum: indigenous territories or government protected areas

An article by Barbara Fraser, A Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative Fellow - January 22, 2015. This article was produced under Mongabay.org's Special Reporting Initiatives (SRI) program.

More… Jan 28, 2015