Conservation Refugees

Prominent Indian conservationist Valmik Thapar insists that tigers can only be saved “in large undisturbed, inviolate landscapes” unoccupied by human beings. “As far as I am concerned,” he wrote, “tigers and forest dwellers cannot ...

Conservation Refugees

How native people—from the Miwoks of Yosemite to the Maasai of eastern Africa—have been displaced from their lands in the name of conservation. Since 1900, more than 108,000 officially protected conservation areas have been established worldwide, largely at the urging of five international conservation organizations. About half of these areas were occupied or regularly used by indigenous peoples. Millions who had been living sustainably on their land for generations were displaced in the interests of conservation. In Conservation Refugees, Mark Dowie tells this story. This is a “good guy vs. good guy” story, Dowie writes; the indigenous peoples' movement and conservation organizations have a vital common goal—to protect biological diversity—and could work effectively and powerfully together to protect the planet and preserve biological diversity. Yet for more than a hundred years, these two forces have been at odds. The result: thousands of unmanageable protected areas and native peoples reduced to poaching and trespassing on their ancestral lands or “assimilated” but permanently indentured on the lowest rungs of the money economy. Dowie begins with the story of Yosemite National Park, which by the turn of the twentieth century established a template for bitter encounters between native peoples and conservation. He then describes the experiences of other groups, ranging from the Ogiek and Maasai of eastern Africa and the Pygmies of Central Africa to the Karen of Thailand and the Adevasis of India. He also discusses such issues as differing definitions of “nature” and “wilderness,” the influence of the “BINGOs” (Big International NGOs, including the Worldwide Fund for Nature, Conservation International, and The Nature Conservancy), the need for Western scientists to respect and honor traditional lifeways, and the need for native peoples to blend their traditional knowledge with the knowledge of modern ecology. When conservationists and native peoples acknowledge the interdependence of biodiversity conservation and cultural survival, Dowie writes, they can together create a new and much more effective paradigm for conservation.

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Saving Wild Tigers 1900-2000
Language: en
Pages: 411
Authors: Valmik Thapar
Categories: Endangered species
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-02 - Publisher: Orient Blackswan

Books about Saving Wild Tigers 1900-2000
Conservation Refugees
Language: en
Pages: 376
Authors: Mark Dowie
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-25 - Publisher: MIT Press

How native people—from the Miwoks of Yosemite to the Maasai of eastern Africa—have been displaced from their lands in the name of conservation. Since 1900, more than 108,000 officially protected conservation areas have been established worldwide, largely at the urging of five international conservation organizations. About half of these areas
Tiger Warrior
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Soonoo Taraporewala
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-15 - Publisher: Penguin UK

Fateh Singh Rathore devoted the better part of his life to making Ranthambhore National Park a safe haven for the tiger population to live and grow in. He was intolerant of red tape and led a tireless crusade against poachers. Globally respected for his work, he was unpopular with Indian
Tiger
Language: en
Pages: 339
Authors: Valmik Thapar
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-07-06 - Publisher: Da Capo Press

A passionate first-person narrative by Valmik Thapar, who has spent most of the last thirty years observing tigers in the wild and fighting to ensure their survival, is supplemented by the latest scientific findings and essays by twenty of the world's most renowned experts. This stunning book explores every aspect
Land of the Tiger
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Valmik Thapar
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997-01-01 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

Showcases the diversity and beauty of the animals sharing the tiger's domain and documents the strain that modern and urban values place on India's ecosystems