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 …

74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in full swing

74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in full swing Introduction The Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is currently gathering for its 74th meeting ('SC74) in Lyon, France. The committee paves the way for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP), which …

Armed conflict and the military in international environmental law 

This article will be published in the first issue of the forthcoming publication series The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest at the end of March 2022. But due to the actuality of events, this pre-publication is now made available. The article is also available as an automated podcast. Introduction The recent Russian invasion of the Ukraine …

Die AG Nachhaltigkeit der Gemeinde Hambühren nimmt ihre Arbeit auf

Am 15.02.2022 fand die Kick-off-Veranstaltung des Projektes "Kommunale Nachhaltigkeit in kleinen und mittleren Kommunen in Niedersachsen" (KommN Niedersachsen) unter der Leitung der Kommunalen UmweltAktioN (UAN) via Zoom statt. Ziel der Veranstaltung war es, die Arbeitsgruppe Nachhaltigkeit (AG Nachhaltigkeit) zu gründen und eine erste Bestandsaufnahme durchzuführen. Die AG Nachhaltigkeit hat nach ihrer Gründung bisher 13 Teilnehmende, …

Iceland to phase out whaling. What does this mean for the International Whaling Commission?

Introduction On 4 February 2022, Icelandic Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, of the Left Green Party announced that she would not renew Icelandic quotas for minke whales and fin whales beyond 2024. Along with Norway, Iceland is the only remaining member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that has been engaging in commercial …

Nyama – An impressive short movie about the conflict between livelihoods, conservation and tourism 

Introduction On 28 January I had the honour of being invited to an online screening of the short movie Nyama. The event was organised by Survival International and was followed by a Q&A session with the directors and the actors. Nyama is somewhat of a teaser of a larger film project called Small Gods, both …