Monthly Archives: March 2013

Bird strike

This will be the first ‘post’ in an ongoing series on the topic of the ‘Militarisation of Nature’: this will explore how the military has harnessed or manipulated Nature. In 1956 a military radar engineer working on the Sussex Downs … Continue reading

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Rethinking forest managememt

In the light of ongoing conservation efforts in natural resource hot-spots in sub-Saharan Africa, community forest management is often advanced as a remedy for failing top-down approaches to nature conservation. Contingent on the property rights theory, it assumes that local … Continue reading

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New Philosophy for Conservation (2)

Most African governments lack the political will to preserve their natural functioning eco-systems. Even if they had the will, they lack the money, the capacity and the technology to protect their heritage. Yes, involving local tribesman is important. Yes, every … Continue reading

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New Philosophy For Conservation (1)

With the CITES meeting in Bangkok, seen as an historic ‘last chance’ given the dire predicament of much megafauna and how these issues are entwined with insecurity, it seemed appropriate for the ‘blog’ to focus on some relevant aspects of … Continue reading

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Green Criminology and Timber and Wildlife Trafficking

The second instalment of the ESRC Green Criminology Research Seminar Series took place last week in Cardiff, discussing the dual issues of illegal timber trafficking, discussed by Professor Tim Boekhout Van Solinge of Utrecht University and focused primarily on the … Continue reading

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CITES and ivory: some facts (2)

Were China and Japan to be considered as having continuing permission for ‘trading partner’ status there are a number of legal options to definitively end any perceived permission. 1.1 The annotations to Appendix II of the Convention provide two triggers … Continue reading

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CITES and ivory: some facts (1)

Between March 3-14 the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP) to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) will meet in Bangkok. While the meeting coincides with the 40th anniversary of CITES … Continue reading

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