Environmental Colonialism: “Saving” Africa from Africans

 

Environmental Colonialism: “Saving” Africa from Africans


By Robert H. Nelson

Under the banner of saving the African environment, Africans in the last half century have been subjected to colonialism from an overlooked source: the conservation movement. Local populations have been displaced and impoverished in order to create national parks and to serve other conservation objectives, in large part because Western conservationists misunderstand African wildlife management practices and problems.