by helping the people
Indigenous conservation projects
Indigenous communities have sometimes lived on their land for millennia and used it sustainably long before the term sustainability came into being. Most of their interest in protecting their country is far greater than that of any government or conservation organization. However, indigenous communities are not always pursuing conservation concerns, but conflicts with individual species, such as large predators, can persist and sometimes lead to massive persecution. Also, the sale of tribal land for commercial use and settlement is now a problem in many indigenous areas.
Today, there are more and more indigenous projects aiming at preserving one's own culture, preserving the habitat and protecting all the species living there.
The support of such projects is the stated goal of our work. Through solidarity, financial support, on-site support activities, dissemination of messages, linking to their websites, etc., we try to support their work and strengthen their concerns.
We believe that these projects often do better conservation work than external conservation organizations could do, because the people living and rooted in the area have a lot of detailed knowledge, but most of all, they have a deep emotional attachment to theirs Country.
Since the founding of Yellowstone Stone National Park (USA) in 1872, the first national park in the world, indigenous communities (tribes) have been forcibly relocated for conservation reasons and expelled from their land. The idea of creating deserted areas because human habitation and nature are incompatible is part of this philosophy.
In truth, few of the areas designated as National Parks today were deserted and uninhabited, but were guarded and protected by tribal communities. These included interventional measures in the ecosystem, such as extensive grazing or controlled fires. The incoming whites often found park-like landscapes, unaware that this was due to the nurturing interventions of indigenous communities.
We stand up for the right of indigenous societies to live and use their land, even if this has been designated as a national park or is otherwise "protected". This also includes areas where indigenous people have already been evicted and want to return there.
We live in the time of the largest species extinction since the disappearance of dinosaurs. Although hardly indigenous peoples are responsible for this, but our modern society, which is oriented towards greed and overexploitation, has massive consequences for them as well. If conservation and indigenous communities are to come together to jointly protect and extensively exploit ecosystems, indigenous people, who hitherto have used various prey species as hunters, need to be guided by whether or not they are threatened and endangered, even if threatened Be sure not to be responsible. In this way, conservationists and indigenous communities can develop forms of common conservation and standards that can be implemented by tribal communities alone, so that conflicts between nature conservation and indigenous communities can be avoided in their inception.