APAC

The first Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) must put community land rights at the centre of its agenda.

To conserve Africa’s biodiversity, its leaders must rethink protected areas The first Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC), scheduled for July 18-23, must put community land rights at the centre of its agenda By Dr Kendi Borona Rights and Resources Group As the date for the first Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC), July 18-23, draws near, conservation professional Kendi Borona suggests...
hunting trophies

‘It’s neocolonialism’: campaign to ban UK imports of hunting trophies condemned by African delegation

‘It’s neocolonialism’: campaign to ban UK imports of hunting trophies condemned by African delegation Former colonial powers seeking to pass laws that threaten the rights and livelihoods of rural African communities and their wildlife, need to consider this impact and hear what Africans have to say about it first.That’s the message that a delegation from the Community Leaders Network of...

Calls for compensation intensify as elephant-wildlife conflict increases in Zimbabwe

Villagers in lethal fights with elephants as HWC deaths reach terrible new milestone Calls for compensation intensify as human-wildlife conflict increases in Zimbabwe Local communities in Zimbabwe are counting the costs of living with a burgeoning elephant population, raising calls for innovation to protect villagers as well as for countries to be allowed to sell ivory stockpiles to fund...
ivory ban

Is ethical ivory trade possible? A debate on Al Jazeera.

Is ethical trophy hunting possible? International television news channel Al Jazeera aired a video debate entitled 'Is an ethical ivory trade possible?" on May 28 following The African Elephant Conference which was held ifrom the 23rd to the 26th of May 2022 at the Hwange Safari Lodge Hwange, Zimbabwe. The African Elephant Conference was hosted under the theme a “New and Better Deal for...
human wildlife conflict

MEDIA RELEASE ‘Anti-hunting laws threaten our livelihoods and our wildlife’

MEDIA RELEASE “Anti-hunting laws threaten our livelihoods and our wildlife” 23 May 2022 For Immediate Release: Representatives of African rural communities lead a mission to explain to the UK and European lawmakers how proposed legislation undermines their rights, livelihoods, and wildlife conservation efforts   African community leaders are traveling to meet British and European government...
the elephant in the room

Size is the Elephant in the Room – Beyond the Headlines

Size is the Elephant in the Room - Beyond the Headlines Unfortunately, non-factual opinions, especially persecutory ones, seem to have a critical mass. Once attained, facts are readily dismissed and become insignificant in comparison to the size of hate and the fiction that is generated by it. Karen Seginak Tweet The introduction to Karen Seginak's blog column Fresh Tracks reads:"Conservation...
trophy hunters

Trophy hunters in Tajikistan are the unlikely saviours of the snow leopard – The Guardian

Trophy hunters in Tajikistan are the unlikely saviours of the snow leopard - The Guardian UK “We have very few other sources of income here – the benefits to the community are enormous. People value our wildlife now." Village Headman, Tajikistan In Tajikistan, a well-managed trophy-hunting programme has proved that this community conservation model generates incentives and revenue to...

Celebrating Resolution 489 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Celebrating Resolution 489 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AHCR) called on African states and non-state actors to recognise and support these communities as they exercise these rights in Resolution 489.Resource Africa and the Community Leaders Network of Southern Africa (CLN) are celebrating the adoption of Resolution...
Op Ed

Can a global conservation fund bridge the gap between global finance and the realities for indigenous communities? Daily Maverick Op Ed

Can a global conservation fund bridge the gap between global finance and the realities for indigenous communities? A Daily Maverick Hunting OP-ED responds to the proposition that foreign aid can be a viable alternative to sustainable use An Op-Ed response in The Daily Maverick seeks to draw attention to the many problems with the assumptions contained the opinion piece (31 January 2022)...

UK trophy hunting import ban not supported by rural Africans – Mongabay Commentary

UK trophy hunting import ban not supported by rural Africans - Mongabay While a UK bill to ban the import of hunting trophies enjoys popular support there, rural Africans directly affected by such decisions are voicing opposition. In an article submitted as a Commentary piece by community conservation practitioners and professionals in Namibia and published in Mongabay on February 11, 2022, the...
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