Free
Land Body Ecologies: Understanding the Traumas of Fortress Conservation

Land Body Ecologies: Understanding the Traumas of Fortress Conservation

Actions and Detail Panel

Free

Event Information

Share this event

Date and time

Location

Location

The Hub

5th Floor

183 Euston Road, Wellcome Collection

London

NW1 2BE

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description
Global health research communities and contributions to the improvement of indigenous peoples’ health and wellbeing.

About this event

The creation of protected areas such as national parks, game reserves and nature sanctuaries are often seen as environmental solutions to protecting biodiversity and mitigating the impacts of climate change around the world. Their creation often follows the ‘fortress conservation’ model, a prevailing way of protecting biodiversity that separates ecosystems from their original human inhabitants.

Yet the creation and management of these protected areas are often centred on violence against indigenous peoples and local communities dependent on the land. A recent investigation by Minority Rights Group revealed harrowing human rights violations committed against the indigenous Batwa living in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The atrocities were part of a campaign of violence carried out by guards of the national park and members of the Congolese army, all in the name of conservation.

Focusing on central and eastern Africa, this event will shed light on how the practice of fortress conservation is based on colonial ideologies. Speakers will discuss how the practice is perpetuating violence against both the land and the indigenous communities who rely on the land, forcing them to endure unspeakable trauma.

Panellists:

Sylvia Kokunda, Executive Director of Action for Batwa Empowerment Group (ABEG) and member of Land Body Ecologies research group

Colin Luoma, Lecturer in Law at Brunel University and Researcher at Minority Rights Group

Yannick Ndoinyo, Executive Director of Traditional Ecosystems Survival Tanzania

Samrawit Gougsa, Head of Communications at Minority Rights Group and member of Land Body Ecologies research group

Please note this event will have a strict limited capacity, and spaces are reserved.

If you can no longer attend, please do let us know by cancelling your order on Eventbrite (or, alternatively, emailing hello@landbodyecologies.com), so we can offer the place to someone else.

Share with friends

Date and time

Location

The Hub

5th Floor

183 Euston Road, Wellcome Collection

London

NW1 2BE

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved