Planet at the crossroads: Where are indigenous peoples in IUCN’s Congress theme?

Held once every four years, the 2016 World Conservation Congress closes tomorrow in Hawai’i. IUCN’s website describes it as bringing together “several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.”

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz at the World Conservation Congress: “Violence still exists, burning of houses, arrests, beatings, destruction and also killings of indigenous peoples”

There is no accurate figure for the total number of people evicted worldwide to make way for conservation. Governments tend not to keep records of how many people forest guards booted out of their homes during the establishment of protected areas.

Tumba Lediima Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A lesson in how not to do a protected area

Straddling Equateur and Bandundu provinces on the eastern flank of the Congo River, the 741,000 hectare Tumba Lediima Reserve is an area of undoubted biodiversity value. It harbours important populations of bonobos and some of the most important swamp forest on the planet. But conservation measures are having serious impacts…