“The current approach to protecting rainforests is not only unfair on local communities, but ineffective in protecting nature,” said RFUK executive director and report co-author Simon Counsell.
“A new, more sustainable, form of conservation is needed in Africa’s rainforests which works with local people to secure their rights and protect their environment, rather than working against them. International donors need to carefully consider whether their support to strict forest preservation is currently effective.
“The biggest of those donors is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which gave at least $110 million between 2004 and 2010, and has pledged to give $50 million more from 2013 to 2018. USAID is closely followed by the EU, which gave $118m between 1992 and 2010.”
Taking into account all the money that has come through organizations such as WWF and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) from private donations and foundations, we calculate that probably $400m has been spent on these protected areas in the last 15 years or so, and quite possibly as much as $500m,” Counsell told the Guardian.
Did you donate to these efforts? Who in USAid, WWF, WCS will investigate and ensure money from donors like us is not going to waste?