What do you know about conservation and human rights?
Thursday May 12, 2022
Under what circumstances do you think it is morally acceptable to stop local communities from hunting for food inside a protected area? Or from gathering honey and wild herbs? Or practising traditional shifting agriculture? Is it acceptable to create a protected area on community lands without consultation or consent? What about forced displacement of local communities? Shoot-to-kill policies? All of these actions are reported to have been carried out in the name of conservation in recent years (e.g. Tauli-Corpuz, Reference Tauli-Corpuz2016, 18–22; Mogomotzi & Kefilwe, Reference Mogomotsi and Kefilwe2017). But how much is this simply a matter of moral discretion and how much is it governed by international human rights obligations?
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