Does anyone know what the Nature Conservancy has done since the 2007 (2010 for the USA) adoption of the “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”? The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups have a history of purchasing government-owned land, then preventing the indigenous people who live there from continuing to practice their traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyles.
I found out about this from a video clip by Jerry Mander: http://fora.tv/2006/11/28/Paradigm_Wars (2006).
It is also discussed here: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/161/ , posted in 2005.
“Itâ€™s no secret that millions of native peoples around the world have been pushed off their land to make room for big oil, big metal, big timber, and big agriculture. But few people realize that the same thing has happened for a much nobler cause: land and wildlife conservation. Today the list of culture-wrecking institutions put forth by tribal leaders on almost every continent includes not only Shell, Texaco, Freeport, and Bechtel, but also more surprising names like Conservation International (CI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Even the more culturally sensitive World Conservation Union (IUCN) might get a mention.”
‘â€œ…activities of conservation organizations now represent the single biggest threat to the integrity of indigenous lands.â€’