Category Archives: DRCongo

Financing Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century

This blog considers a major problem facing wildlife conservation, how it might be solved, and how the Marjan Centre is contributing to that solution. The problem is the massive economic asymmetry in wildlife conservation: underfunded conservation organisations paying for expensive, … Continue reading

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Wildlife Conservation Game Theory

This post considers how board games can be used as enjoyable, interactive educational tools to teach key themes in topics such as wildlife conservation. Board games, war games and online games have been around for some time. While many of … Continue reading

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Bio-security and the illegal wildlife trade (1)

The New Yorker magazine described Nathan Wolfe as ‘the world’s most prominent virus hunter’, and showed how Wolfe spent much of his time in central Africa tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turned into deadly pandemics. Though the article was written … Continue reading

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DRC: ‘green’ development

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is endowed with an abundance of natural resources, and the presence of high-value resources such as coltan and diamonds is well known. The country is also endowed with a wealth of biodiversity, although the … Continue reading

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Another Casualty in the Battle to Protect Mountain Gorillas

News has emerged that the director of Virunga National Park, Emmanuel De Merode has been shot and is currently in a critical but stable condition in hospital. It is reported (BBC news and Yahoo News) that his vehicle was ambushed … Continue reading

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Poaching ‘militarisation’

The exponential militarization of the ivory trade is adding another dimension to what is already a major conservation matter. In a recent talk, “Insurgency, the Ivory Trade and Porous Borders”, Dr. Keith Somerville, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth … Continue reading

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Conservation’s ‘just war’

Militarism as an ideology that privileges military culture and values – including violence as an appropriate response to conflict – and that justifies the expansion of these values and culture into nominally civilian spheres. Militarization, on the other hand, is … Continue reading

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Supplying answers in DRC

The Marjan Centre’s recent (December 2012) article “The Congo Connection” highlighted how issues of conflict, conservation and biodiversity interact. The Centre has also, inter alia, identified such interaction in Colombia whose vastly diverse biosphere has been adversely affected by the … Continue reading

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Congo connection

The eastern part of the DR Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) offers a ‘case-book’ examination of the matrix between conflict and post-conflict rebuilding against a background of biodiversity destruction. Whether it is from fighting or the mass dispersal of … Continue reading

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Price of gold in DRC

Gold miners in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no longer fear homicidal warlords and militias but they are still being ruthlessly exploited – by a plague of corrupt government officials, bureaucrats and security personnel, who all … Continue reading

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