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January 2011 Archives

Victory for Kalahari Bushmen as court grants right to water (and more from Wikileaks)

In a momentous decision, Botswana’s Court of Appeal today quashed a ruling that denied the Kalahari Bushmen access to water on their ancestral lands.

Botswana government guilty of ‘degrading treatment’ - Case described as ‘a harrowing story of human suffering and despair’ - The Botswana Gazette. Thursday 27th January 2011.

More… Jan 27, 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

Video - 'My Island Home - The Chagos Islands'

40 years of military displacement to be camouflaged by the fig leaf of conservation. Wikileaks exposes loss of Chagos islanders´ right of return.

More… Jan 25, 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

In the name of the Tiger

"Over the past four decades, India has blindly copied the Western model of exclusionary conservation...and has led to increased human-wildlife conflicts."

By Sreetama Gupta Bhaya and Ashish Kothari

More… Jan 23, 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

Uganda: Securing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights In Conservation: A Review Of South West Uganda

"Mainstream conservation still marginalises and ignores indigenous peoples,..."

United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda and Forest Peoples Programme. Media Briefing, Uganda. 11th January 2011.

More… Jan 12, 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