Category Archives: War and conservation

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 bleeding heart of Africa: blood ivory

‘Blood ivory’ – ivory sold to fund militia insurgency and terrorism – is widely debated but often misunderstood as elephant populations in central Africa face obliteration (as opposed to extinction by natural processes) within the next decade if not five … Continue reading

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A brave Colombian

While Colombia’s ‘peace process’ moves slowly forward, the damage caused by the decades of conflict to the country’s environment and ecology will take equally long to repair. During those years of conflict, not just involving the Leftist FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed … Continue reading

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Thresholds of ‘acceptability’

Background: ‘mega-poaching’ relates to ivory and rhino-horn and the Central African Republic (CAR) is the ‘frontline’. Dispatch No.3 from the CAR outlines how text-book ideas of conflict and poaching are thrown ‘out of the window’ and moral relativity is the … Continue reading

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Laws of the jungle (1)

It’s a surprisingly cool morning in Bangui. The Harmattan blows in dust from Chad and Sudan. United Nations MI-17 Hinds, World Food Program and Red Cross aircraft lay idle by the Antonov transport and Tiger Attack helicopters. There is no … Continue reading

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