09 May '11, 5am
Conserving biodiversity, respecting rights ~ ~ ~ #wildlife #conservation #biodiversity
David says there’s a danger that conservation activities implemented without effective safeguards can harm human rights. Conservation frequently involves bringing about changes in the way natural resources are used and managed. Strict environmental protection can exclude people and deprive them of the resources they depend on, without providing viable alternatives. Adopting a project process which respects people’s rights can help to identify and avoid or resolve such situations. The process should allow people to have a say in the decisions that are made, and give them an opportunity for genuine participation.