Mining for Gold – Fairer Taxes for Natural Riches

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High Level Symposium:

Transfer Pricing: Fairness in Taxing Multinationals and Extractive Industries
October 3rd & 4th 2013 – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

With TJN, KEPA, Agenda Participation 2000 and more.

Speakers include Sol Picciotto, Lee Corrick, Moses Kulaba, Joyce Addae Kumi, Krishen Mehta, John Christensen, Pamela Chisanga, Tundu Lissu, Attiya Waris, mine-affected communities

“Silent Spring in the Land of the Eternal Spring – Searching for Rachel Carson in Guatemala”

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When Liza Grandia was young she worked with Conservation International (CI) in Guatemala’s Maya Bioshere Reserve. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s work in the USA, she hoped to build local environmental movements for protection of forests full of ancient archaeology, vibrant indigenous cultures and rare and wild creatures.

But it seemed her employers had other ideas.

Here, she tells a tale of institutional myopia, betrayal and systematic failure in big conservation. Now a cancer survivor, a mother and a clear eyed university professor, her story needs to be heard to be believed..

Read more:

2012. “Imagining a New Wildlife Politics: Conservation Contrarians and Corporate Elephants in the Room.”
A Review Essay of Rosaleen Duffy’s ‘Nature Crime: How We Are Getting Nature Wrong’.
Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy 15(1): 95-114.
tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13880292.2011.650607?journalCode=uwlp20

2009. “Silent Spring in the Land of Eternal Spring: The Germination of a Conservation Conflict.”
Current Conservation 3(3): 10-13.
issuu.com/currentconservation/docs/cc_3.3?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

Liza’s bio: clarku.edu/faculty/facultybio.cfm?id=663

Update from Liza, November 2012:

Without a community base, CI had trouble fundraising in Guatemala and closed their offices in 2011 with a characteristically slick CI report that takes false credit for a lot of things CI had nothing to do with.

ProPeten’s work continues along quite well: propeten.org

This presentation was recorded in May 2008 for the symposium:
“Problematizing Neoliberal Biodiversity Conservation: Displaced and Disobedient Knowledge”
Washington D.C., American University, Department of Anthropology, May 16-19, 2008
Organizers: Jim Igoe (Dartmouth College, Department of Anthropology) & Sian Sullivan (Birkbeck School of Geography, University of London, )

An Executive Summary for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is available here:
pubs.iied.org/pdfs/G02526.pdf

A special issue of Current Conservation also features articles by several of the contributors:
issuu.com/currentconservation/docs/cc_3.3?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

The Endorois Case – Litigating the Right to Development

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In the 1970s, the Endorois people of Kenya’s Rift Valley were forced from their land to make way for the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. In 2010, they won their case before the African Commission on Peoples’ and Human Rights, creating a major legal precedent for the Right to Development and recognising indigenous people’s rights over traditional lands and resources.

More information available from the Minority Rights Group International:minorityrights.org/9587/press-releases/landmark-decision-rules-kenyas-removal-of-indigenous-people-from-ancestral-land-illegal.html

This clip was edited by Zoe Young from two earlier films, and screened at the United Nations OHCHR Social Forum, marking 25 Years of the Right to Development:ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/SForum/Pages/SForum2011.aspx.