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…

“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).