The UN recognises the right to a clean environment as a human right

The UN recognises the right to a clean environment as a human right (Disclaimer: A more in-depth analysis of the resolution will appear in the forthcoming September issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest). During its 76th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has recognised the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment …

Mining in Western Australia – A Pit for Sexual Harassment

Mining in Western Australia - A Pit for Sexual Harassment Background Mining for minerals, oil and gas constitutes one of the major sources of income for Western Australia with some of the largest industries, such as BHP, generating billions of dollars each year. Of a population of around 2.7 million, more than 156.000 people were …

A new book!

A new book! Together with Dr Dwayne Ryan Menezes of the Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI), Dr Nikolas Sellheim edited a book entitled Non-state Actors in the Arctic Region. The book is the first of its kind to address the multitude of non-state actors that exert their influence in the Arctic, in Arctic governance, …

Book Review: Kathrin Yusoff’s ‘A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None’

Book Review: Kathryn Yusoff’s ‘A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None’ Originally published in The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest, Vol. 1, Iss. 2, pp. 20-22 (here). The Anthropocene — a term that has been coined to describe the new geological epoch. The epoch of humankind, altering the planet as never before in world history. Even though …

The second issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest has been released

The second issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest has been released The second issue of The Digest can now be downloaded here. The contest of this issue are: EDITORIALA forceful reshaping of the worldARTICLEHow does the war in Ukraine affect environmental cooperation in the Arctic and in the Barents region?REPORTA humanitarian mission to the …

A deadly brew for the world: The effects of COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine on the livelihoods of the poor

A deadly brew for the world: The effects of COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine on the livelihoods of the poor Introduction The ruthless attack on Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin is now in its fourth month. More than 7 million Ukrainians - mostly women, children, the sick and elderly - have left the …

Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions Shortly, the second issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest will be released through this platform. Since The Digest should serve as a forum for discussion and exchange of views, contributions from scholars, practitioners, activists or decision-makers - to name a few - are more than welcome. If you are interested in …

Violence against the Batwa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Violence against the Batwa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Introduction In April 2022 a report by the Minority Rights Group International (MRG) on violence against the indigenous Batwa of the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was released. The report is entitled "To Purge the Forest by Force: Organized violence against Batwa …

A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities?

A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities? CITES listings, indigenous peoples and local communities In a contribution to the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Cooney et al. (2021) argue for the consideration of socio-economic factors when Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild …

The effects of the war in Ukraine on Arctic environmental cooperation

The effects of the war in Ukraine on Arctic environmental cooperation Introduction On 24 February 2022 Russia's president Vladimir Putin launched an unprecedented attack on its neighbour Ukraine. Justifying this attack, Putin claimed the need to demilitarise and to de-nazify the country. But in his statement in the early morning of this historic and sad …