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In the News in November

In the News - November 2020

A roundup of recommended recent articles, papers, podcasts and more

  • The Mongabay Newscast: Indigenous land rights and the global push for land privatization

    A discussion about the importance of securing Indigenous land rights within the context of a global push for land privatization took place in November on the Mongabay Newscast. A study published in Nature Sustainability in 2018 found that Indigenous Peoples manage or have tenure rights over about 38 million square kilometers of land in 87 countries, more than a quarter of the world’s land surface, and that those lands intersect about 40% of all terrestrial protected areas and ecologically intact landscapes. By Mike Gaworecki on 25 November 2020.

  • Rights-based conservation, viable path to achieve the global biodiversity agenda according to new study

    Historically snubbed by exclusionary conservation, Indigenous and local communities’ role is integral to achieving the UN’s ambitious 2030 global biodiversity agenda. – Over 1.65 billion Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendants hold the key to preventing a global biodiversity collapse. – Recognizing tenure rights of Indigenous and local communities is estimated at less than 1 percent of the cost of resettling the populations in biodiverse areas. The study was published on 1 December 2020.

  • Diseases transmitted by wildlife: what can be done?

    Diseases transmitted by wildlife: what can be done? How do diseases spread from wildlife to humans? What can be done to limit the risks and the impact on society? A white paper suggests ways of preventing and detecting diseases, and taking rapid action if necessary. The white paper also stresses the need to take account of and involve local people, including indigenous groups, who depend on wildlife for their food, income and cultural identity. The aim is to build a global approach based on the risks. 20 November 2020

  • New biodiversity knowledge hub launched for Eastern and Southern Africa

    A new Regional Resource Hub on biodiversity and protected areas has been launched to support 24 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. This knowledge hub facilitates better decision-making for fair and effective management and governance of the region’s protected areas and natural resources.The knowledge hub compiles and analyses data and provides information to support field interventions, policy dialogues and decision-making processes at local, national and regional levels. The knowledge hub aims to catalyse synergies among information systems in the region. EU Science Hub 25 November 2020

  • Noteworthy Publications:Does money “buy” tolerance toward damage‐causing wildlife?

    Published by Conservation Science and Practice by Kansky, Kidd and Fischer. Extract: Human–Wildlife Conflict is a key challenge and understanding the drivers of communities' willingness to coexist with wildlife is thus critical. Community based natural resource management (CBNRM) is a widely used economic approach to foster human‐wildlife coexistence with the assumption that monetary benefits can “buy” tolerance by offsetting the disservices of living with wildlife. We tested this assumption and hypothesized that Namibians would be more tolerant towards wildlife than Zambians because they received higher monetary benefits from wildlife. We used the Wildlife Tolerance Model (WTM) as the framework to define tolerance and identify tolerance drivers.

  • Noteworthy Publications:Local communities and wildlife consumption bans

    Throughout the years, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have been seen as either culprits of biodiversity decline or as ‘unseen sentinels’ effectively managing and monitoring their territories, which are often highly biodiverse3. This polarized view of IPLCs signals a prevailing lack of understanding of their way of life, where most of their dependence on nature is on a subsistence level. Wildlife consumption is often an essential part of their diets. A blanket ban on wildlife consumption may, therefore, exacerbate food insecurity in these communities. In other cases, IPLC wildlife consumption is more than just for subsistence. It may also have cultural roots and should be respected in that regard. Co-authored by: Denise Margaret S. Matias Eufemia Felisa Pinto, Madhu Ramnath & Diana San Jose Published in Nature Sustainability 2020

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