Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples
Mark Dowie, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009, 336 pages.
Over the last century, millions of indigenous people around the world have been evicted from their traditional lands in the interests of conservation. Many have been reduced to poaching and trespassing on their ancestral land, or “assimilated” into chronic poverty. The good news is that native people are beginning to shift the global conservation agenda to one that treats them fairly. In Conservation Refugees, investigative journalist Mark Dowie makes a compelling argument for people-centred conservation that recognizes native people as central to protecting biological diversity. Rich in rarely published details from every corner of the Earth, this is an important book for students of conservation, international development and native cultures.
Originally published in Alternatives Journal’s New Eco Books: Issue 36.3
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