In recent years, as I have been monitoring the rhino horn trade/no-trade debate, it has become apparent that conservation groups, large and small, have very little ability to deal with government, donors, agencies, organisations or individuals who have a (overt or, particularly, covert) pro-trade agenda. This inability to fight back is not just about rhino horn, it is also why we find ourselves in a similar position on climate change, mining and many more issues.
Reflection and Questioning
Over the last year, we are seeing more articles of the type:
- Why conservation is failing
- Has big conservation gone astray?
- How big donors and corporations shape conservation
- And even the seemingly unchallengeable has been challenged: The BBC’s Planet Earth II did not help the natural world