Financialisation, Biodiversity Conservation and Equity: Some Currents and Concerns
"The current biodiversity crisis is giving rise to calls for a massive mobilisation of financial resources to conserve biodiversity and to reduce the drivers of biodiversity loss."
"How does the marketing and financialising of conserved nonhuman nature connect with a historical trajectory that consolidates capital, including 'natural capital', in the hands of a minority of people?... ...it
highlights that when nature aspects are converted into a dollar sign in a capitalist market economy, it may be the dollar that is
valued, not the nature that underlies this."
An important essay from JC member Sian Sullivan.
Feb 18, 2013
Bushmen beaten, suffocated and buried alive for killing an antelope
Kebonyeng Kepese has been arrested and beaten for hunting to feed his family.
Paramilitary police have severely beaten two Bushmen, burying one in a shallow grave, after accusing them of hunting without permits in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).
Dec 17, 2012
Declaration of the Shipobo regarding the Imiria Conservation Area
Shipibo communities in the Peruvian Amazon reject implementation of the Imiria Conservation Area for violation of their rights as indigenous peoples
Representatives of 12 Shipibo indigenous communities and neighbouring villages from the Imiria lake region in Ucayali, Peru have expressed their opposition to the Imiria Regional Conservation Area (RCA-Imiria), a protected area established by the Regional government of Ucayali.The RCA-Imiria was created in 2010 but the communities denounce the fact that it overlaps their traditional territory including the titled lands of seven communities.
Sep 16, 2012
Saving the rainforest: Why human rights is the key
The annual destruction of 13 million hectares of tropical forest is widely recognized as a global disaster. A new report from Rainforest Foundation Norway shows how the rainforest can be saved.
Recognizing the rights of forest people to manage their land is critical to reducing deforestation rates and safeguarding global forests, argues a new report published by Rainforest Foundation Norway.
Sep 06, 2012
Progress Report of the Whakatane Mechanism
The Mechanism's progress and future will be discussed at a meeting within the WCC in South Korea in September 2012
The Whakatane Mechanism assesses the respect
of human rights in protected areas, provides
recommendations to address human rights
violations and facilitates a dialogue between the management authorities and indigenous peoples in order to reach joint solutions. It also celebrates and promotes best practices in conservation and successful partnerships between indigenous peoples and protected areas authorities.
Aug 08, 2012
Human Rights Court Sets New Standard on Consultation of Indigenous Peoples
Continent-wide Implications as Inter-American Court Finds Ecuador Government Guilty of Rights Violations in the Sarayaku Case
Two articles on this important decision that should significantly strengthen the right of indigenous people in Central and South America to Free Prior Informed Consent. The first is from Amazon Watch and the second from The Economist.
Jul 27, 2012
Kugapakori, Nahua and Nanti reserve and Manú National Park in Peru under threat
Peruvian government on brink of expanding oil and gas development in reserve for isolated peoples and UNESCO world heritage site
The Peruvian government has recently approved expansion plans for the Camisea gas project in the heart of a Reserve for isolated indigenous peoples and is considering gazetting a further concession that could overlay Manu National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. These decisions threaten the lives and rights of its inhabitants and represent an infringement of both international law and Peruvian domestic legislation.
Jul 24, 2012
Help the Ogiek to regain their ancestral lands at Chepkitale, Mount Elgon in Kenya - Request for Donations
The Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, are on the verge of reaching a legal agreement that will have their ancestral lands returned to them. However, they urgently need financial help (around £5,000) in order to make these last steps possible.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for them to regain their land and continue their sustainable livelihoods, an extraordinary opportunity for them to gain legal recognition so that they are no longer threatened with eviction. This cash is needed to support them in what we hope will be the final push to ensure their right to their land is legally recognised.
Jun 20, 2012