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New Government Inherits Conflict over Biggest Mine in Peru

Saturday, September 17, 2016

LIMA/CHALLHUAHUACHO, Sep 17 (IPS) - Of the 150 socioeconomic conflicts related to the extractive industries that Peru's new government inherited, one of the highest-profile is the protest by the people living near the biggest mining project in the history of the country: Las Bambas.

Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People – Part 2

Thursday, September 15, 2016

MUDJA/BIGANIRO, Sep 15 (IPS) - The Bambuti people were the original inhabitants of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the oldest national park in Africa whose boundaries date back to 1925 when it was first carved out by King Albert of Belgium. But forbidden from living or hunting inside, the Bambuti now face repression from both park rangers and armed groups.

New Public Website Offers Detailed View of Industrial Fishing

Thursday, September 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 (IPS) - In a giant step for transparency at sea, environmentalists on Thursday unveiled a website that allows anyone with an Internet connection to see for free exactly where and when most of the world's industrial fishing boats actually fish.

Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking: the Elephant in the Room

Thursday, September 15, 2016

GENEVA / Bergen, NORWAY, Sep 15 (IPS) - Wildlife trafficking is high on conservation and political agendas. It is also increasingly high on the global crime agenda. Rightly so: corruption was identified recently by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime as the main enabler of wildlife trafficking – one of the largest transnational criminal activities in the world.

Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People - Part 1

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MUDJA/BIGANIRO, Sep 14 (IPS) - It is late afternoon when a light drizzle begins to fall over a group of young men seated together in Mudja, a village about 20 kilometres north of Goma on the outskirts of the Virunga National Park. Mudja is home to a community of around 40 families of indigenous Bambuti, also known as ‘pygmies.'*

Making African Palm Oil Production Sustainable

Monday, September 12, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA, Sep 12 (IPS) - "In San Lorenzo they cut down the jungle to plant African oil palms. The only reason they didn't expand more was that indigenous people managed to curb the spread," Ecuadorean activist Santiago Levy said during the World Conservation Congress.

Conservation Congress Votes to Ban All Domestic Trade in Elephant Ivory

Sunday, September 11, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 11 (IPS) - The international conservation community has taken an important step towards saving African elephants from mass slaughter by voting at a major congress to call on all governments to ban their domestic trade in ivory.

Conservation Congress Sets Ambitious Target to Protect Oceans

Saturday, September 10, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 10 (IPS) - A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 percent of the world's oceans as "highly protected" areas by 2030, but delegates said opposition from China, Japan and South Africa had seriously undermined chances of success.

Japan and South Africa Try to Block Proposed Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade

Thursday, September 08, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 08 (IPS) - Japan and South Africa have ignited a furore at a major conservation congress by coming out against a proposed appeal to all governments to ban domestic trade in elephant ivory.

When It Comes to Conservation, Size Matters

Thursday, September 08, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA, Sep 08 (IPS) - When the communities living in the Tatamá y Serranía de los Paraguas Natural National Park in the west of Colombia organised in 1996 to defend their land and preserve the ecosystem, they were fighting deforestation, soil degradation and poaching.

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