Conservation plan would keep islanders in exile

2019-04-03 06:18:01

By Fred Pearce ECO-IMPERIALISM is stalking the high seas. Conservationists in the US and UK stand accused of trying to grab waters that their governments have no right to. The Pew Environment Group, a US organisation, has joined forces with UK conservationists to protect the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean. While the push to protect the environment looks like a laudable goal, especially given the environmental damage to Diego Garcia, the largest island and home to a US military base, the plan could permanently exile thousands of Chagossians. This is despite a British promise to hand the area,