Abuse of human rights in conservation initiatives, such as REDD+, wildlife conservation, etc., has raised concern in many project reviews. Few studies have, however, examined the human rights dimensions of conservation and climate change. In this chapter the authors address this gap by showing how outsiders, with the assistance of the state, attempted to control areas historically governed by local residents in the name of conservation and climate change policy initiatives in the Mafia Island and Rufiji Delta, Southern Tanzania. The interventions were implemented with the old-fashioned premise that the villagers were destructive and extravagant resource users. The authors also try to illustrate how the international linkages to worldwide conservation narratives and to development aid by rich countries promoting climate measures in poor countries to try to absolve their carbon emissions revealed the ways in which such vested interests attempted “to misuse their money, power, and influence.”.
|Title of host publication||Springer Climate|
|Number of pages||34|
|State||Published - 2019|
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The research team also provided an opportunity for elected village leaders from the villages in the MIMP to gather and learn about their human rights and how to respond to human rights violations by inviting them to a workshop on “Science Outreach” in Zanzibar in December 2010. The workshop was organized by the International Science Foundation of Sweden, ISF, and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
For support in arranging numerous workshops and seminars, we are very grateful to the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), and the International Foundation for Science (IFS). For research funding, we thank the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU), the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). We also thank Thomas Bassett and Rod Smolla as well as the University of Kentucky, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and the University of Dar es Salaam for support in our research.
10The panel was titled “Biodiversity, Livelihoods, and Conservation: Emerging Trends, Challenges, and Responses” with influential panelists from the policy and academic arena including top officials from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Tom Dillon, a key representative from USAID, a representative from the Department of State, Alan Thornhill, as well as representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Global and Planetary Change
- Atmospheric Science
- Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law