Category Archives: Militarisation of Nature

Sorting fact from fiction

Former British Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon William Hague, will chair the launch of a joint publication by the Marjan Centre with the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) called ‘Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities’ which … Continue reading

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The nature of militarization (3/final)

Does militarisation within conservation work? Clausewitz’s famous dictum of war being an extension of politics by other means applies equally to the ‘militarization’ of counter-poaching. Firstly, the increasing privatisation of counter-poaching inevitably means there is a loosening of controls by … Continue reading

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The nature of ‘militarization’ (1)

There is a unique strategic conundrum at the heart of the protection of wildlife and the interdiction of illegal wildlife trafficking (IWT): to survive wildlife needs the altruistic engagement of humans to combat the actions of other human beings for … Continue reading

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Militarised conservation

THE rapid rise in militarized approaches towards conservation, as part of a new ‘war for biodiversity’ is a defining moment in the international politics of conservation and needs further examination. The claims that rhinos and elephants are under threat from … Continue reading

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‘Rhinofication’ of South Africa

The rhino-poaching crisis in South Africa poses a question about whether it should be tackled through judicial processes or by the application of more hard power methods? From the earliest ages, the poaching of wildlife has been met with a … 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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If you have a goose that lays a golden egg, why would you destroy demand for golden eggs? A defence of the legalisation of the wildlife trade

The recent meeting at Lancaster house to discuss the illegal wildlife trade, which brought together world leaders, conservationists and two future British Monarchs, has once again focused attention on the plight of many endangered species and the methods that should … 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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From COIN to ‘soft power’

The increased militarization of the means and response to poaching in the recent past is contrasted by several grassroots initiatives worth examining. Indeed, technology previously hard to obtain is now accessible and making its way as a key tool from … Continue reading

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