Conservation Refugees

Here is an excellent article on the issue of indigenous peoples being removed from their lands in the name of conservation. As a conservation biologist I realize that indigeneous and local traditional livelihoods must be respected and maintained just as surely as any other force of nature. But I will not go so far as to say if indigenous people want to whack down all their forests and destroy their ecosystems it is acceptable. Where you draw the line between ecology and human rights is tricky — as without the former you can forget about the latter.

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2 Responses

  1. I wrote about this same article on the Grist blog. Your thoughts?

  2. Robin Bouricius says:

    why is the line between ecology and human rights tricky?

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