The biggest land grab in history is being proposed, and all in the name of "conservation".


Next year, I stand down as Director of Survival. I started with your charity, as a volunteer, 49 years earlier.
Tribal woman with child in rainforest. Dear friend,

Next year, I stand down as Director of Survival. I started with your charity, as a volunteer, 49 years earlier.

This means that I won’t have the same relationship with you, our supporters. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you so much for the magnificent help you’ve provided to tribal peoples – many of you for decades. Survival International is you, and I’d be delighted if we could carry on being in contact through Twitter (@StephenCorrySvl) or correspondence.

I hope that my leaving the Director’s role will not mean I’ll stop fighting for tribal peoples’ rights. Freedom from CEO responsibilities will hopefully give more time to battle against those who seek to eradicate the precious human diversity on which biodiversity and humanity depends. As Noam Chomsky told me recently, Survival has never been needed more.


One of our most controversial campaigns is to expose the big conservation NGOs trampling on tribal people’s rights and kicking them off their land. This is criminal on so many levels: The environment’s best guardians are being destroyed by such NGOs which often partner with the world’s most polluting and destructive industries.
Things are now set to get even worse. The biggest land grab in history is being proposed, and all in the name of “conservation.” The plan is to make 30% of the globe “protected”, with the entirely false claim this will help protect biodiversity and reduce both climate change and pandemics. As I’ve pointed out many times, it’s far more likely to make all of those worse. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If it’s allowed to happen, it’ll bring a massive assault on human diversity everywhere. The conservation NGOs simply don’t want people living self-sufficiently from hunting, herding or growing their own food. They want people out of the forests, off the countryside, and into cities, living off factory-farmed or factory-produced food. I’m afraid that’s no exaggeration: “Nature” is to be reserved for a privileged few who can afford to visit contrived “untouched wilderness,” which was once home to many tribal peoples.
Khadia men thrown off their land after it was turned into a tiger reserve, living under plastic sheets. These Khadia men were thrown off their land after it was turned into a tiger reserve. They lived for months under plastic sheets. Millions more face this fate if the 30% plan goes ahead. © Survival A challenge with our campaign is that the public assumes “Protected Areas” are automatically good, and doesn’t always grasp our objections. And of course national parks can be great – in some places – at halting the march of industry. But people don’t hear the real story – from the Bushmen in Botswana, the Baka in the Congo Basin, or the Adivasis (tribal peoples) in India. Those who are evicted for “conservation” today can be reduced to begging and prostitution, beset by the same problems with alcohol and imprisonment which now blight many dispossessed Native American and Australian Aboriginal peoples.

The history of how national parks were started in the U.S. by some of the worst eugenicists, racists and ecofascists, and then exported to Africa and Asia, has been whitewashed, and the new attempt to grab 30% of the world for “Protected Areas” (which are often bad at conservation) has the support of billions of taxpayers’ dollars from governments and the UN. It will go ahead and threaten the lands of millions of people unless there’s a worldwide outcry against it. I do hope our supporters will join me in opposing it. If you want to help, please click the button below:

Yours,


Stephen Corry
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Subject: Stop the push for 30%

Dear Elizabeth Mrema, Stefan Leiner and Elif Skinner,

I'm very concerned at the proposal to set aside 30% of the Earth as Protected Areas, which is likely to be agreed at the next Convention on Biological Diversity summit.

For local and indigenous peoples in Africa and Asia, the creation of Protected Areas on their lands has brought violence, hunger and plummeting health.

It's rarely been done with the consent of indigenous communities. There is no sign that it will be any different now. This will potentially be the biggest land grab in history, and it will dispossess hundreds of millions of people, all in the name of conservation. And it won’t help the environment.

We urge you to drop the 30% target unless and until there are cast-iron safeguards for indigenous peoples and other local communities that will apply to all new and existing Protected Areas. Land ownership rights of tribal and indigenous peoples must be respected.

Tribal peoples are the best conservationists. Guaranteeing the protection of indigenous lands must be the principal mechanism for biodiversity conservation.

Yours,
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