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 Issue 1, 2019

Here’s our first edition of PCLG News for 2019. We always love to hear from you, is PCLG News useful? Is there anything you want more of? Get in touch! And, if you have relevant news to share, don't be shy, let us know and we may feature it in our next edition. 

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IIED’s response to IPBES 7

I’m sure you don’t need us to tell you that on 6 May, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published its first global report on biodiversity since 2005. Here's our friendly reminder to read the summary report for policy makers.
And you can check out IIED’s response to the IPBES findings.

"It is imperative that greater attention is given to strengthening indigenous and local communities' rights to manage their land and resources sustainably and to resist external development pressure unless it is in their own interests" –  Andrew Norton, IIED Director

Also, watch IIED’s Dilys Roe discussing the report on Channel 4 News.

"The time is urgent for the poorest people in the poorest countries, who will be particularly hit by the devastation of nature" - Dilys Roe, IIED Principal Researcher

Biodiversity loss as a development issue

As IPBES 7 reminds us, biodiversity loss presents a major threat to hard-won development gains. Yet with the next meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity on the horizon in October 2020, there is a notable lack of engagement from the development sector in consultations on the post-2020 agenda.  

This absence of the development sector to engage in biodiversity diplomacy is a growing problem. A new blog by Dilys Roe highlights why the post-2020 biodiversity framework needs development expertise to get on board with forthcoming discussions, and fast (!).

For more, you can also find a briefing paper and evidence review on why biodiversity loss is a development issue.

Wild meat as a food choice

A new project from IIED and partners is investigating why people are choosing to eat wild meat -  ‘Why eat wild meat: developing effective alternatives to bushmeat consumption’. The project focuses on the Dja Faunal Reserve in southeast Cameroon – a rainforest UNESCO World Heritage Site – but will create learnings applicable across Sub Saharan Africa.

The project was recently featured in BBC News Pidgin – ‘How Cameroon love for bush meat dey put animals for danger’.

If you or your colleagues have a spare 15 minutes in your busy schedules, we’d love for you to respond to our surveys and share your insights:
  • A survey wild meat as a food choice for government officials, donors and NGO staff and academics working in Sub Saharan Africa..
  • A survey about wild meat as a food choice for practitioners, including those involved in designing and implementing bushmeat alternatives projects (commonly referred to as alternative protein or alternative livelihoods projects) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Conservation and human rights

The start of 2019 has seen growing media attention to issues of conservation and human rights. You won’t have missed the headlines on the charity WWF following Buzzfeed’s report, and the threat of forced displacement of millions of indigenous peoples across India … to name just a few high profile examples. And, just this week Kenya Wildlife Service and Fisheries Service hit the headlines - 'Death in the wilderness'.

So, in light of this, Forest Peoples’ Programme have produced ‘Transforming conservation’ (pdf), a short paper summarising their recommendations emerging from their work to prevent human rights abuses in protected-area conservation programmes.

Also, check out a new policy briefing from the ICCA Consortium ‘Whose Inclusive Conservation?

Featured publications

Human–wildlife conflict and insurance. Can insurance reduce the costs of living with wildlife?

Tried and tested approaches to human–wildlife conflict resolution include schemes to financially offset affected individuals for their loss. To succeed, these schemes need to ensure cost-effective verification, fair and timely payments, incentives for damage prevention and financial sustainability. This paper by IIED reviews how existing wildlife insurance programmes and agricultural microinsurance schemes have addressed these challenges.
Biodiversity is a development issue. A rapid review of the evidence

Led by IIED and Fauna and Flora International (FFI), this report briefly reviews the evidence on the impacts of biodiversity loss from a development perspective and highlights why, if we’re serious about development, we need to invest in conserving biodiversity now.
Biodiversity loss, development crisis?

This IIED briefing paper discusses how the so-called biodiversity crisis is also a development crisis, as poor people are particularly dependent on biodiversity — both to meet day-to-day livelihood needs and to enhance resilience to climate change and other threats
Beyond gorillas: Local economic development through tourism at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The “Local economic development through pro-poor gorilla tourism” project was set up to reduce the threat to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and to the long-term conservation of the gorillas, as well as to harness tourism for local economic development. This report summarises the initiatives set up in the area surrounding the park, as well as highlighting the findings from the project.
Marine Social Science and Ocean Sustainability

This policy brief from the University of British Columbia discusses why an understanding of the human dimensions of the peopled seas is required to make informed marine policy and management decisions. It sets out recommendations to include marine social sciences in future decision-making. 
Also, check out the latest edition of the PCLG Digest 

New Tools

Sustainable economic opportunities

FFI have a number of new resources available on creating sustainable economic opportunities: Participatory Market System Development in Conservation; Participatory Market System Development in Conservation - Market System Selection; Empowering Marginalised Actors; Engaging Key Actors; Preliminary Market Mapping Analysis and Participatory Market Mapping & Action Planning.

Sustainable Development Goals Tool

Birdlife and partners have launched the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) tool, aimed at people working in the field of biodiversity and conservation to make it easier to engage with the 169 targets which underlie the UN's 17 SDGs. The tool is designed as a simple, easy-to-use online resource that guides conservationists towards which targets might be most relevant to their project. See FFI’s Rob Small discuss how the tool was useful in his project development - How does YOUR conservation project contribute to Sustainable Development Goals?

New opportunities

Research and conferences

The IUCN SSC Task Force on Human-Wildlife Conflict would like to ask those who work on human-wildlife conflict & coexistence, what support in terms of information, advice and training would be most helpful to you? This brief survey takes about 10 minutes and is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese till the 31st of May.

Several conferences and events are looking for proposals. The Political Ecologies of the Far Right conference in Lund this November is calling for contributions, deadline 31st May.

The Africa Protected Area Congress this November has been postponed. However, you can still submit proposals online by 31st May. The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 is also looking for proposals, with a deadline of 17 July 2019.

Early bird tickets now available for the 2019 Environmental Justice conference on the 2-4 July 2019 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Registration for the 5th annual FLARE meeting on the 23-25 August 2019 at the University of Michigan opens on the 17th May.


Funded by the International Climate Initiative, Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry has launched a new call for thematic oriented programme ideas on ambitious climate and biodiversity conservation in developing countries and emerging economies. Programme outlines in English can be submitted until 18 July 2019.


PhD Studentship at the University of Cambridge in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University on the social impacts of protected areas. Deadline 26th May 2019.

Country Director, Madagascar with Blue Ventures. Deadline 27th May 2019.

Lecturer in Marine Ecosystems at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. Deadline 30th May 2019.

Early career female researchers for the African Futures Research Leadership Program, Alliance for African Partnership at Michigan State University. Deadline 5th June 2019.

Training and Capacity Building Project Manager with WCS, located in Gabon. Deadline 7th June 2019.
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