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 Issue 2, 2019

We hope you enjoy reading the second issue of PCLG News for 2019. If you’ve got any questions about the newsletter, its content or anything else related to PCLG – please do get in contact.

 -   Francesca and Olivia (


IWT and Communities - Latin America and the Caribbean

Earlier this year, from 30th September to 2nd October, IIED, IUCN SULi, TRAFFIC and several other partners hosted an event in Lima focussed on the impact of IWT on local communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the opportunities for sustainable use and legal trade in anti-poaching efforts. Over the three days, over 20 community representatives and experts presented their perspectives of what works, what doesn’t and why. Many of these case studies were compiled into a report on community-led approaches to tackling IWT.

Community representatives also agreed on a set of key messages outlining their role in wildlife management, presented in a plenary session at the First High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade on 4th October.

' We, the indigenous peoples and local communities, are key strategic allies in combating poaching and illegal wildlife trade, and we call on you to listen to us and recognise and respect our important role. We are not stakeholders, we are rights-holders.'
To read more, here’s a recent blog from the event. For more information on IIED’s work relating to communities and IWT, please contact

And remember, there are plenty more case study examples of communities working to tackle IWT available on the People Not Poaching portal. To get your case study online, contact

Assessments for understanding governance quality and equity

In November 2019, IIED published a new guidance manual on governance assessment for protected areas and conserved areas (GAPA).

GAPA is a multistakehodler process that uses a combination of i) key informant interviews and focus group discussions to identify governance strengths and challenges and ideas for action, ii) stakeholder workshops to discuss and validate the results and review the ideas for action, and iii) an optional site-level governance scorecard to provide a quantitative assessment of the governance issues and the diversity of views on these issues within and across communities.

The manual builds on early experience developing and testing a multi-stakeholder methodology to assess governance quality in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Uganda and Kenya.

An image of a GAPA in rural Kenya.

IIED and partners are also currently piloting a rapid tool for site level governance and equity assessment (SAGE) in East Africa, South East Asia and South America. The tool is intended to be similar to management effectiveness tracking tools (METT tools), focusing instead on the themes of governance quality and equity. SAGE uses a multistakehodler workshop format to assess governance quality and equity, to discuss differences in perspectives and to plan actions to improve governance quality and equity.

If you’ve got any questions about either methodology, or want to get involved in applying one of the methodologies at a protected area or conserved area, get in touch with and

PCLG National Chapters - Cameroon

In October 2019, Cameroon PCLG hosted a listening event on the role and challenges for Baka Indigenous Peoples in the conservation of nature in Cameroon. The event concluded with the following recommendations:

  1. Free and unconditional access to the forest (and protected areas) to enable us to continue to practice the customs and traditions that were transmitted to us by our ancestors in a sustainable manner.
  2. Respect the fundamental human rights of indigenous forest peoples in all conservation sites.
  3.  To better involve people (IPs) in the management of protected areas.
  4. Equitable sharing of the benefits of conservation.
  5. Improve the living conditions of the Baka, Bagyeli, and other indigenous peoples of Cameroon's forests by providing basic needs such as drinking water, good roads, health centres etc.
  6. Ensure strict respect for our cultures: customs, traditions and traditional knowledge, indigenous peoples of the forests.
  7. Fair application of laws and policies related to the conservation and well-being of indigenous forest peoples.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Cameroon-PCLG Coordinator, Stanley Dinsi -

There are active PCLG networks in Uganda, Cameroon and DRC, please contact for more information.

Featured publications

Meanings and More...

A policy brief from the ICCA Consortium to stimulate thinking, debate, joint analysis and learning on meaningful concepts frequently used in conservation. The briefing includes definitions on Indigenous Peoples, local communities, rightsholders, traditional knowledge, governance, and more. 
Life on the Frontline 2019: A global survey of the working conditions of rangers

A report by WWF, that updates the Life on the Frontline 2018 assessment of ranger welfare perceptions across different countries. The report includes the perspectives of 7,110 public-sector patrol rangers, surveyed at hundreds of sites across 28 countries.
Recognising and reporting other effective area-based conservation measures

In November 2018, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted at the 14th Conference of the Parties a definition of an "other effective area-based conservation measure" (OECM) as well as guiding principles, common characteristics and criteria for identification of OECMs (CBD/COP/DEC/14/8). The WCPA Task Force on OECMs has produced these guidelines to assist Parties in interpreting and operationalising Decision 14/8 and to start to develop a body of good practice around recognising and reporting OECMs. 

PCLG Research Digest

If you don’t already receive it, sign up to PCLG digest - our monthly roundup of recently published books, briefings, journal articles, manuals and publications. A lot of the content is open access, making PCLG Digest a crucial resource for anyone wanting to stay up to date with the latest research!

Check out our latest editions from November and October.

And sign up online, or contact for help signing up.

New opportunities

Funding announcements

On the 16th December 2019, BIOPAMA (the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme) will launch a call for small technical grants for organisations based in Africa, the Caribbean or the Pacific.

Open call to submit an Initial Funding Concept to the Arcus Foundation for their Great Apes & Gibbons Grants

Award alerts

If you’re interested in market-based solutions, the Kinship Conservation Fellows is now accepting applications for the 2020 Fellowship. Apply by the 12th January 2020.

Nominations are open for the 2020 Equator Prize - the prize will be awarded to outstanding local community and indigenous peoples’ initiatives that advance nature-based solutions for sustainable development.

New jobs or consultancies

ZSL are advertising for a Cameroon Forestry Programme Coordinator, apply by the 22nd of December.

The Department of Zoology and Balliol College at the University of Oxford are recruiting an Associate Professor of Zoology (Conservation Biology), apply by 2nd January 2020.
The World Land Trust are looking for a Communications Manager, apply by the 7th January 2020.
The International Development Department (IDD) in the School of Government at the University of Birmingham, UK is looking to appoint two lecturers in International Development. Apply by the 13th January 2020.
WWF UK, Kenya and Tanzania have a call for consultant proposals to design and lead a stakeholder engagement process to maximise opportunities for diverse communities – Community Consultation Exercise, Transboundary Conservation Programme.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is hiring a regional community engagement manager (pdf), based in Rwanda with frequent travel to DRC.

PhDs, Post Docs and Fellowships

A PhD opportunity and scholarship at the University of Kent on the project, Human-elephant co-existence in a post-ivory ban landscape. Apply by the 19th January 2020.
Springboard Fellowship in Conservation Science with London Zoological Society and University College London, UK. Apply by the 20th December.
A PhD opportunity at the University of Lund, Sweden on the project, the politics of forest future. Apply by the 5th Feb 2019.

Notable conferences

Registration is open for the International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence held in Oxford, UK on the 1st-3rd April. There’s also pre-conference short-courses available on topics such as planning for coexistence and working with the media.

Early bird registration is open for the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France on the 11th-19th of June.

The Political Ecology Network’s biannual conference - Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration - will take place on the 24th-26th June 2020 in Brighton, UK. 

Register for the Nature Based Solutions Conference, which will take place at the University of Oxford, UK on the 7th- 9th of July 2020.

The KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden, has an open invitation for the proposals to their Word Conference on Environmental Humanities, which will take place from the 5th-8th August 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Short courses

Free online conservation courses available hosted online by the National Geographic and developed by the United for Wildlife and the Zoological Society of London  - subjects include understanding IWT, ocean challenges and solutions, conservation project planning, scientific expeditions and much more.

Calls for evidence

The Michigan Technological University is looking for participants to answer a survey on trade-offs in efforts to promote human well-being and the conservation of biological diversity.
The UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are calling for evidence on the scale and impacts of the import and export of hunting trophies, closes 25th January, 2020.
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