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Is ‘human rights’ the right approach for protecting the interests of forest-dependent people?
Mongabay.Com (2014)
  • Prakash Kashwan, University of Connecticut - Storrs
Abstract

Nature conservation is often promoted in the name of the greater good of humanity. However, in a large number of cases, nature conservation is associated with increased militarization of resource control (see the select bibliography below). International conservation organizations have responded to such concerns by developing proposals for what they refer to as ‘rights-based approaches to conservation’. Some of the biggest conservation organizations have also come together to form the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights (CIHR), which is a consortium of international conservation NGOs that seek to improve the practice of conservation by promoting integration of human rights in conservation policy and practice. This editorial is intended to shed light on the effectiveness of the proposals and initiatives intended to protect the rights of indigenous and other forest-dependent people affected adversely by national and international programs for nature conservation.

Keywords
  • Human rights,
  • Nature Conservation,
  • Rights-based approaches,
  • Property Rights
Publication Date
Spring February 23, 2014
Citation Information
Prakash Kashwan. "Is ‘human rights’ the right approach for protecting the interests of forest-dependent people?" Mongabay.Com (2014)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/kashwan/6/