East African Court of Justice rules in favour of Maasai villagers and prohibits further evictions – for the time being

In September 2018, the East African Court of Justice awarded a major victory to four Maasai villages in northern Tanzania. The court granted an interim order preventing the government of Tanzania and its agents from evicting villagers from Ololosokwan, Oloirien, Kirtalo, and Arashi in Ngorogoro District, Tanzania.

The strange story of Botswana’s elephant massacre

On 3 September 2018, BBC News reported that “Carcases of nearly 90 elephants have been found near a famous wildlife sanctuary in Botswana, conservationists say.” The story was widely reported on by the world’s media. The source of the story is an organisation called Elephants Without Borders, which is currently…

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…