Guest Post by Survival International: “If the indigenous people haven’t given their consent, then WWF has no business being there”

For decades, alarm bells have been ringing over the human rights abuses that WWF is contributing to in the Congo Basin. In its attempt to defend itself (14 October), WWF shows that it is still deaf to these concerns, and prepared to mislead the public.

Wildlife Conservation Society partners with loggers in the Republic of Congo. Indigenous Bayaka dispossessed

In 1993, the Wildlife Conservation Society convinced the government of the Republic of Congo to create the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. It covers an area of 4,238.7 square kilometres. The park was set up without the consent of the indigenous Bayaka people, who lost a large part of their ancestral forests…

WWF responds to Survival International’s criticisms: “Protecting our planet is as much about respecting the rights of the people that depend on it as it is about protecting wildlife”

Recently, Survival International published a report titled, “How will we Survive?” It documents in detail the impact on indigenous communities of the national parks, logging concessions and trophy hunting zones that have been imposed on vast areas of land in the Congo Basin. The report is critical of the roles…

WWF and the loggers in the Congo Basin

“For WWF, partnering with Indigenous Peoples is an essential part of our conservation work.” This sentence comes from WWF’s latest newsletter from its international forest and climate team. The article is written by Jolly Sassa Kiuka and Flory Botamba who work for WWF in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rainforest Parks and People: Monitoring the human impacts of conservation in the Congo Basin

Rainforest Parks and People is a new interactive website focussing on the impact of protected areas in Africa’s Congo Basin on forest communities. Launched this week by Rainforest Foundation UK, the website aims to increase the transparency and accountability of conservation projects in the Congo Basin.

Rainforest Foundation UK’s community mapping project wins prestigious UN award

“What we’ve been seeing in the past has been that the rainforests of Central Africa, and other regions around the world actually, have been treated as wildernesses which are free from human occupation, and to be preserved in some kind of natural state primarily for their wildlife.”