I thought the idea that conservation meant excluding people had finally been buried by Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize win. So I am sad to hear that the Chagos Islands have been made a conservation reserve by the British government.
The Chagos people were physically removed from their islands to make way for a US base. The US gave the UK government Â£11 million towards Polaris nuclear weapons in the 1960s for getting rid of local people
They have fought a long battle to return from exile, the reserve looks like preventing them from going home.