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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.

Could land reform succeed where conservation has failed?

By depriving communities of recognition that they are the lawful owners of forested and rangeland resources, the law removes their greatest incentive to use these assets in sustainable ways

Successfully conserving forests requires a remedy that is both much more straightforward and far more radical.

More… Jul 24, 2011

Uganda: Wildlife Authority Evicts 2,200 From Elgon

2,201 people in Manafwa District have been rendered landless after Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) evicted them from Mt. Elgon National Park

The eviction comes barely a month after the UPDF, Police and the district leadership resolved to co-operate with UWA to ensure that all encroachers living in Sono, Buwabwala, Bumbo and Mukoto areas vacate the park to ensure safety of their lives and conservation of the national park.

More… Jun 08, 2011

Second victory for Mendha-Lekha village in Gadchiroli (Maharashtra)

Mendha-Lekh has also been in news for being India’s first village to have been granted recognition of its “right to protect, regenerate or conserve or manage”

The Forest Rights Act, 2006, grants community forest rights to manage, protect, revive the forest and to own and dispose of minor forest products from forests where they had traditional access.

More… May 25, 2011

Statutory Recognition Of Customary Land Rights In Africa

An Investigation Into Best Practices For Law Making And Implementation

This study examines the statutory recognition of customary land tenure in Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania, which were chosen as case studies because of the diverse approaches to the issue they represent.

More… May 09, 2011

Kenya’s High Hills honey gatherers need urgent help

The Ogiek of Mount Elgon and the Sengwer of the Chepkitale hills

"Relief assistance through the Kenya Red Cross .... prevented from reaching the Ogiek. Since then, the roads to Chepkitale have been blocked by KFS officers..."

More… Apr 18, 2011

The long running conflict of Loliondo in Tanzania

Resolving the Land Use Conflict in Loliondo

"..burned homesteads, reported human rights abuses, 50,000 cattle displaced and considerable economic loss to local communities...What it will take to bring peace to the area is still up for debate."

More… Mar 13, 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

Rights Based Approach to Conservation

The aim is for this platform to become a central point for collecting and sharing information and experiences about worldwide initiatives which promote the integration of human rights considerations within conservation practices.

"Failure to conserve biodiversity can undermine the rights of the individuals and local communities.."

More… Jan 14, 2011