Vicky Tauli-Corpuz is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She recently produced a report on “The Rights of Indigenous Peoples“, that she will present to the UN General Assembly later this year.
Two villagers were killed and about 40 injured (plus 18 police) during an eviction this week from India’s Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The Gauhati High Court ordered the eviction of 300 families who were living in three villages in the buffer zone of the national park.
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.
Conservation is crucially important. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List includes more than 22,000 species threatened with extinction. For 85% of these species, habitat loss is the main problem.