Fortress conservation in Kahuzi-Biéga National Park: Evictions and extrajudicial killing

The Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver. In creating the park, almost 6,000 Batwa indigenous people were violently evicted from the area. In 1980, Kahuzi-Biéga became a World Heritage Site. Since 1997, it has been…

Why were British soldiers deployed to train rangers in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi?

The Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi was set up as a protected area in 1955. Since 2003, the 70,000 hectare has been managed by African Parks, a South African non-profit conservation organisation that runs 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries. In total, African Parks’ operations cover…

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).

Najib Balala, Kenya’s Wildlife Minister, wants the death penalty for convicted poachers. That’s a really bad idea

On 11 May 2018, Xinhua reported that Najib Balala, Kenya’s Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, had announced that Kenya plans to fast-track laws to make wildlife crimes punishable by the death penalty. Balala made the announcement during the launch of the northern white rhino commemorative stamps at Ol Pejeta Conservancy…