Do Forest Rights Threaten Wildlife Conservation?
Recognition of forest rights - and, more importantly, making conservation democratic - is the only way forward. The more power the forest bureaucracy retains, the more it will harm both wildlife and people.
Heard that recognition of forest rights will lead to massive forest destruction and the end of any free space for wildlife? Not true. See our page on "Myths and Facts."
Moreover, leaving conservation to the officials - and allowing them complete control - is only a formula for disaster. The best example is what has happened to tiger conservation since 1972, into which enormous amounts of money have been poured. See our page on tiger conservation.