The readers of this blog will know that I am critical of current approaches to conservation. This because most current approaches don’t work. Conservationists never seem to be able to conserve anything. There are a few local success stories, but conservation needs to succeed on a much grander scale than is currently the case. My … Continue reading Pie In The Sky: Conservation and REDD+
It’s been a sad week for African wildlife. One branch of the The Church of Modern Conservation has been very busy with burning and banning. They continue to believe in the same failed strategies informed by their doctrine and dogma. They persuaded the South African government to reverse a 2013 decision to introduce a legal, regulated trade … Continue reading Burnings, Bannings and the Bereft – The Churches of Modern Conservation
Aldo Leopold was quite simply, the conservationists conservationist. He was a quiet, considered man, a hunter, forester and a pioneering ecologist. The story of his environmental awakening from the 1920s through to the 1940s could teach modern African conservationists, as well as those animal rights advocates who oppose hunting, some important lessons. In my opinion, … Continue reading Aldo Leopold and Lessons for African Conservation
Conservation in Africa isn’t working. Elephant, rhinoceros, lion and many other species are declining. The overwhelming outcome of the campaign minded, single species, animal rights centred conservation organisations is the failure to conserve wildlife. The outcome of banning the trade in ivory, rhino horn or other wildlife products has been failure. It’s harsh criticism but … Continue reading Pay African Leaders to Conserve Wildlife. Not Conservationists.
The Ebola virus has killed over 5000 people in a small part of West Africa and now needs the maximum response from local and international health care organisations to slow the transmission rate and save lives. Recently there has been some discussion on how Ebola was transmitted to humans with speculation that the trade in venison or game … Continue reading One man’s Ebola is another man’s Swine Flu. ‘Bushmeat’ vs Venison.
We all need figures to support our statements. The decrease in African elephants has been in the news recently, and to the reader of these articles the counting of elephants must seem a trivial exercise. Reports of elephant declines always ignore the methods used to count the animals and always assume that it’s just a matter … Continue reading You Can’t Count Wildlife.
When you come from a consumer culture, like (I assume) most of my readers do, it’s difficult to draw the line on when you have enough and what you have enough of. Most of us accumulate possessions constantly. If anything is an indictment of Western society it is the constant, and largely fruitless search for … Continue reading Sustainable Livelihoods in rural Africa: More is not better.
There are few places, even in the Wild West that is the internet, that you can get away with calling for summary execution of other human beings and not attract some censure. When you start describing the parts of their body you would like to cut off and the nature of the slow death which you … Continue reading Kill the Poachers: Death, Drones and Dickheads
If there are any two words more loaded with meaning in a global context – I can’t think of them. Sustainable and Development are two words that encompass the most abused and the most politically charged words in the English language and in this weeks post I’m going to try and pick out some meaning … Continue reading Body Parts, Apartheid and Sustainable Development
Conservation is an industry, and like any industry, it has its problems. For my post this week I’m doing a review of a number of different types of organisation, with a few examples which are not exhaustive, but representative of some of the best and some of the worst of the different organisations I have … Continue reading Conservation Organisations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.