About Conservation Watch

Conservation Watch aims to facilitate discussion about the real impacts of protected area policy and practice in the Global South.

The current model of conservation is too often flawed and unfair. Conservation Watch aims to shed light on how indigenous peoples and local communities continue to pay the price for conservation. Posts will highlight evictions and human rights abuses in the name of conservation, and document the impact of national parks on the livelihoods of local communities.

Since the 2003 World Parks Congress in Durban, the rights of indigenous peoples are increasingly reflected in international conservation policy and discourse. But these rights still need to be translated into meaningful action on the ground.

There is a growing consensus that securing the rights of indigenous people and other local communities and genuinely engaging them is one of the most effective and sustainable ways of conserving biologically-rich habitats.

The website will also showcase positive examples of community-based conservation.

How can I subscribe to Conservation Watch?

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How can I contribute to Conservation Watch?

Conservation Watch welcomes your contribution – whether you work in academia or for a big conservation agency, if you’re a human rights practitioner or member of a civil society organisation.

If you wish to contribute, you can pitch or send a guest post to Chris Lang: (conserwatch@gmail.com)

Who runs Conservation Watch and how is it funded?

Conservation Watch is run by Chris Lang (conserwatch@gmail.com). The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the formal positions of any organisations or individuals, except when this is clearly stated.

Conservation Watch is funded by the Rainforest Foundation UK.

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