Decolonizing Conservation: Two lectures by John Aini and Paige West

Paige West is the Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University. Since the 1990s she has worked with indigenous peoples in Papua New Guinea. John Aini is a marine environment advocate. In 1993, he set up the conservation group Ailan Awareness in Papua New Guinea’s New…

Guest Post by Ellie Williams: “I am honey at the top”

The Sengwer are indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest, in the Cherangani Hills, in western Kenya. Since British colonial rule they have faced violent eviction from their traditional lands. In recent years the evictions have intensified. The Kenya Forest Service has carried out repeated evictions – in the…

“If the national park comes, how will we survive?” Karen indigenous peoples make formal complaint to the Global Environment Facility about the Ridge to Reef conservation project in Myanmar

The Ridge to Reef Project is a massive conservation project in Tanintharyi Region in the south of Myanmar. The US$21 million project covers a total area of 1.4 million hectares, with funding coming from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).