Professor Bram Büscher has a prominent role in a ZEMBLA documentary about WWF. The documentary was broadcasted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 on Dutch television.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is active in birth control in nature reserves in the third World. According to the WWF, overcrowding is a great danger to nature and fewer children must be born around protected areas. That is why the fund convinces people to use contraception or to have themselves sterilized.
The WWF, together with the American agency USAID and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, has set up health camps worldwide, which also includes so-called “family planning” projects. ZEMBLA is investigating one of the projects in North India and is talking to a doctor who carried out sterilization of the indigenous population for WWF. WWF does not want to give a further response on camera.
Professor Bram Büscher of Wageningen University has been researching nature conservation for years and is critical of birth control as nature protection: ‘The cause of the problem is placed with the wrong people, the problem is changing land use and there we [the West, red.] have a much greater role in that. It seems that poor people around nature reserves are blamed for the loss of biodiversity. While that is absolutely not the case’.
In this documentary ZEMBLA has investigated how far the World Wildlife Fund goes in the fight for protected animals and what the consequences are for the local population. In India, ZEMBLA speaks to relatives of people who died when a village was cleared with a heavy hand to make way for nature. The fight against poaching has become increasingly bloody in recent years. Park rangers from the Kaziranga National Park in India declare in ZEMBLA that they can “shoot unwanted visitors without asking questions.” Soneswar Narah of human rights organization JKSS sees the involvement of the WWF up close: “Everything is managed by the WWF, like an invisible hand. Under the guise of nature conservation, they create a violent environment”. Between 2014 and 2016, 50 people were killed in Kaziranga, according to Soneswar there are many innocent victims.
Earlier this year, the American Buzzfeed reveals that WWF finances park rangers around the world who are accused of torture, sexual abuse and murder of locals in various game parks. The WWF says to be shocked by the accusations. The nature organization has research done and will take measures where necessary.
WWF does not want to give a further response on camera.
You can watch the documentary (in Dutch) online here.