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Conservationists clash over India's landmark forest rights law

"No rights can be championed, nor wildlife saved, if the forests at the centre of the tussle vanish"

More… Nov 19, 2016

‘We are revolutionaries’: Villagers fight to protect Myanmar’s forests

A community-run conservation initiative in southern Myanmar is using local knowledge to preserve both the environment and their ways of life.

* Deforestation has been trending upward in the Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar, with the area losing 6 percent of its tree cover in 14 years. Mines and new roads are among the threats to its forest. * A committee formed by a community in Tanintharyi is working to preserve the remaining forest of the Kamoethway river valley. * The organization – Rays of Kamoethway Indigenous People and Nature – has established nine different conservation zones in the region. * But members say another conservation project established by Myanmar's government and funded by oil and gas companies is threatening the community and its conservation efforts.

More… Sep 25, 2016

A total ban on ivory would be disastrous for elephants. Better to legalise it.

Illegal wildlife trade - From First thoughts By Simon Jenkins in The Guardian

Simon Jenkins proposes that "Allowing African farmers to profit from ivory in a carefully controlled market would give them an incentive to conserve wildlife." We ask: Is this either reasonable or realizable?

More… Sep 23, 2016

Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People

This article is the second in a two-part series on the challenges faced by the Democratic Republic of Congo's indigenous Bambuti people around Virunga National Park in North Kivu.

Virunga National Park is considered a sensitive zone for the government because of potential oil exploration, mining and rebel groups.

More… Sep 17, 2016

The Bakas, National Forests, and the Conservation Conundrum.

Dispute between WWF and Survival International highlights how some conservation efforts continue to displace Indigenous peoples.

Complaints about deforestation and human rights abuses in an African nation are so common that, sadly, they hardly make headlines anymore. But when the complaints are leveled at one of the biggest environmental groups in the world – that’s unusual enough to draw attention.

More… Sep 09, 2016

Clashing over conservation: saving Congo’s forest and its Pygmies.

In the DRC, the indigenous Mbuti people rejected a nature reserve that banned them from their ancestral lands. Now, working with conservationists, they are exploring ways to protect the Itombwe forest together.

More… Aug 31, 2016

'We have nothing but our reindeer': conservation threatens ruination for Mongolia's Dukha

One of the world’s smallest ethnic groups is finding its cultural traditions on the wrong side of Mongolian law, putting its very existence in peril

In the Mongolian taiga, or snow forest, a few kilometres from the Russian border, a group of 250 reindeer herders preserve their traditions with care. They dwell, as their ancestors did, in the forest, where they live by hunting, gathering and drinking the milk of their animals. But the creation of a protected area to preserve the wild environment may threaten their survival.

More… Aug 29, 2016

The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation.

Across the world, governments are protecting habitats. But indigenous peoples are being evicted.

More… Aug 28, 2016