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Governments, not people, tend to benefit from land conservation

The Washington Post, November 1, 2016

The recent article written by Assistant Professor of Political Science Prakash Kashwan explained that “the international campaigns for nature conservation in countries with higher levels of inequality and less effective democracy tend to get entangled with the vested interests of leaders and officials. This ends up wasting many of the resources directed towards conservation efforts — and has a serious impact on indigenous and other forest-dependent communities.” He said that while the world is constantly adding more ‘protected’ land, this expansion is not what it seems. Ultimately, Kashwan argued, “Instead of chasing ever-larger targets, effectively protecting the lands already under ‘protection’ might be a better option.”

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