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Conservation and colonialism – A Statement from the Southern Africa Community Leaders Network

Conservation and colonialism - A Statement from the Southern Africa Community Leaders Network Our Resources Our Rights The Community Leaders Network (CLN) challenges  those in the Global North who are condemning conservation hunting as a colonial relic. For every complex problem there is an answer that seems clear and simple but is often wrong. Peoples who were colonised across the world have...
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Let Africans Decide: Dr. Moreangels Mbizah and her journey in wildlife conservation

VIDEO: "Let Africans Decide" - Dr. Moreangels Mbizah and her journey in wildlife conservation In the latest of Resource Africa's series Let Africans Decide video series, Dr. Moreangels Mbizah, a member of the Community Leaders Network, reflects on her journey in wildlife conservation - from Zimbabwe's Lowveld to Oxford University and back - and emphasises the need for diverse approaches to...
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Linking Conversation and Conservation in Africa by Sauleja Rajak

Linking Conversation and Conservation in Africa by Sauleha Rajak Conservation comes with deep interconnections between human rights and nature preservation. The rights of animals over the rights of humans or the rights of humans overs the rights of animals? How do we strike a balance? What does it mean to act fairly and morally? Conservation aims to protect our ecosystems, our planet - but at...

Statement on behalf of the African Region to be presented by the Chair of the African Group on 15th December 2020 for the virtual session of the SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3

Statement on behalf of the African Region to be presented by the Chair of the African Group on 15th December 2020 for the virtual session of the SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3 On behalf of the African Region, a statement was presented by the Chair of the African Group on 15th December 2020 for the virtual session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) 24 and...
CBD virtual session under the theme "Biodiversity, One Health and responses to COVID19

CLN AND RA Statement presented at CBD Virtual Session on Biodiversity, One Health and COVID-19

Statement by Community Leaders Network and Resource Africa The statement was submitted at the CBD Virtual Session: Biodiversity, One Health and responses to COVID19 15-16 December 2O2O Community Leaders Network members and Resource Africa who are participating in the  15-16 December CBD virtual session under the theme "Biodiversity, One Health and responses to COVID19" will today present the...
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Conservation must begin with respecting human rights

Conservation must begin with respecting human rights Human Rights Day exposes long road ahead for local community rights. On International Human Rights Day, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. At long last the world is increasingly hearing their voices, acknowledging their rights to sustainably manage their resources, and respecting their ecological knowledge. But despite...
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Letter to The Times from The Community Leaders Network

Letter to The Times from The Community Leaders Network As leaders and representatives of local communities and local community institutions in Southern Africa, we have an unprecedented opportunity to challenge entrenched ideas about who is a legitimate champion of conservation and whose views matter. For example, a recent editorial in The Times takes a spectacularly uninformed position on...
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Letter to The Times from Resource Africa

Letter to The Times from Resource Africa In response to The Times editorial (“Blood Money”, 7 December), Resource Africa has submitted a response to the Letters Page which, amongst other observations, states:"You correctly warn that insidious misinformation can influence vital upcoming policy decisions. In this case, those decisions will have important consequences for the lives of millions...
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UN World Wildlife Day 2021 (3 March) as “Forests and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet” 

“Forests and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet” announced as theme of World Wildlife Day 2021 Geneva, 23 November 2020 - The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced today the theme of United Nations World Wildlife Day 2021: “Forests and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet”. Covering nearly a third...
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CBNRM: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

CBNRM: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone by Dr Shylock Muyengwa​ Do community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) programmes help rural communities in southern Africa? There is a long-running disagreement over just how much CBNRM contributes towards the welfare of communities, in terms of health, jobs, poverty alleviation, etc. Working in rural communities throughout...
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