A Batwa boy has been shot dead by eco-guards at the Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was with his father gathering medicinal herbs on ancestral lands. His father was shot in the arm, but managed to escape.
How do protected areas affect indigenous peoples’ rights to access traditional food? A recent study looks into this question in La Amistad Biosphere Reserve in Costa Rica. The researchers found that the protected area has had multiple negative impacts for the indigenous Bribri people.
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.