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 Issue 3, 2018

This is our third newsletter so far this year, and so it’s a good time to check in with how you think we are doing? Get in touch and tell me what you like or don’t like about the relaunched PCLG News, and if there’s anything more you think we could be doing?!

 -  Francesca (

Community voices need to be heard!

IIED, IUCN, TRAFFIC, FFI and ZSL are seeking expressions of interest from representatives of communities living alongside wildlife, and from relevant community support organisations, to participate in a one-day meeting in London on the 10th of October, 2018. The event will be an opportunity to get local voices heard in the debate on responses to the illegal wildlife trade.

Please share the call with your networks. Remember, we are searching for community representatives as this event is about hearing community voices! A limited amount of funding is available to support community participants.

What we are reading

Plan Biodiversité – Biodiversité tous vivants!

The French Government has launched a Biodiversity Plan!

Highlights include ambition to deliver a new framework for biodiversity at the international level with support for national commitments before 2020. The plan sees biodiversity elevated to a priority in French diplomacy and sets it sights on mobilising Heads of State for biodiversity conservation.

The plan is (as yet) only available in French - Plan Biodiversité (pdf).

CBD SBSTTA welcomes guidance on Governance and Equity

The 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 22) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has just taken place in Montreal, Canada (July 2nd – 7th 2018). Agenda items included Protected areas and other measures for enhanced conservation and management (OECMs). SBSTTA 22 adopted a definition of OECMs and welcomed voluntary guidance by IIED and GIZ on Governance and Equity.

The voluntary guidance is online and well worth a read for those of you interested in governance and equity – Protected ad Conserved Areas Governance in the CBD: A review of key concepts, experiences and sources of guidance (pdf).

Featured publications

Cornered by Protected Areas
New report led by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on replacing 'Fortress' Conservation with Rights-based Approaches to help bring justice for Indigenous Peoples and local communities, reduces conflict, and enables cost-effective conservation and climate action.

Not got time to read it? Check out the blog on the key findings of the report - "Pristine" Parks are hurting Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
ESPA Impact Stories

The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme has released interesting impact stories including
  • Integrating the environment into poverty measure to influence policy
  • An equity framework helps ensure that protected areas are fair to people
  • Research helps ensure that forest conservation does not harm the poorest.

What we are watching

Can the illegal online trade of endangered wildlife be stopped? Is the internet undermining the battle for conservation? TRT World asked this question to Allan Crawford, Senior Director of TRAFFIC, Gary Collins, from WildTeam Bangladesh, Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Dilys Roe, from the International Institute for Environment and Development. Watch their discussion on TRT world.

New opportunities


Senior Conservation Project Officer for IUCN ECARO. Deadline 15th July.

Data analyst for KBA Secretariat and Wildlife Conservation Society. Deadline 20th July.

University of Cambridge are looking for a postdoctoral research associate to work on the Development Corridors Partnership project. Deadline 1st August.

University of Antwerp 4-year PhD scholarship on a “Comparative political ecology of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Nicaragua and Guatemala“. Deadline 12th August

Research and conferences

People and Nature – the new journal from the British Ecological Society is now open for submissions!

Call for abstracts to the Sustainability and Development Conference from the University of Michigan. Deadline 22nd July.

Call for session proposals Open Science Meeting 2019 - Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature – from the Global Land Programme. Deadline the 20th August.

Call for requests, inputs and suggestions on the IPBES future work programme. Deadline: 30th September.

Call for papers for special section of Conservation Biology on challenges and solutions to human-wildlife conflicts in agricultural landscapes. Deadline 31st December.
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