Leaked WWF report on the Baka in Cameroon: “Many cases of abuse and human rights violations are reported by the communities”

Earlier this week, Survival International announced that it has received a leaked copy of a 2015 WWF report into the impact of its conservation activities in Cameroon on the Baka indigenous peoples. WWF had previously denied the existence of the report.

“When people are ignored and conservation measures are put in, we see opposition, conflict and often failure”

“We really need to think about people as we’re creating conservation initiatives. Forgetting about humans in the conservation recipe is like forgetting yeast in a loaf of bread,” says Nathan Bennett, a researcher at the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia and Stanford University.

Open letter requesting that India’s Forest Rights Act is implemented and its integrity upheld

When India’s Forest Rights Act was passed in 2006, it was intended support the rights of communities to live in and from their forests. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 legally recognised the right of communities to manage forests and their land.