Landloss threat ends as African Parks withdraws from Ethiopia
African Parks Foundation (now known as African Parks Network) of the
Netherlands has announced it will withdraw from its lease of the Omo and Nech
Sar National Parks, Ethiopia, by October, 2008. Seven tribes live in or use the
land that comprises Omo Park, and an estimated 40,000 people use park
resources. In a statement released by African Parks in December, 2007, they
cited the actions of human rights organizations and possible “legal challenges
from one party or other” in their reasons for withdrawing from the Omo Park.
Native Solutions to Conservation Refugees has advocated for the rights of the
local communities in and around the Omo Park since January, 2006.
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