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The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group
January - March 2017

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PCLG members news

Read Global Witness’ damming report, Honduras: the deadliest country in the world for environmental activism.

Have a look at the blog - are health investments paying off for endangered wildlife? - by IIED and Conservation through Public Health.

Check out Blue venture’s latest article published in The Stanford Social Innovation Review focusing on the effectiveness of marine conservation models that put communities first.


There’s been a lot of thought-provoking blogs and articles since the start of 2017, and if you want the latest as it happens ‘like’ our Facebook Page. Here are PCLG’s highlights from January to March 2017.

 ‘Poaching’ and conservation Poverty and Conservation

Featured publication

Taking action against wildlife crime in Uganda
This report outlines the findings of research conducted within the villages bordering two of Uganda’s largest protected areas (Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls), and presents policy recommendations for addressing wildlife crime at the national and park level.
You can also read a National Geographic interview with researcher Henry Travers about the Uganda Wildlife Crime project.
Taking action against wildlife crime in Uganda: balancing law enforcement with community engagement
Uganda-PCLG's policy brief sets out key recommendations from research at two of Uganda’s largest protected areas (see above featured publication). Recommendations are made for the park action plans, and the next steps that UWA and partners need to take to operationalise them.
Sustainable Wildlife Management
FAO latest edition of Unasylva focuses on wildlife management of considerable international debate because of its importance for biodiversity conservation, human safety, livelihoods and food security. Papers include - The baby and the bathwater: trophy hunting, conservation and rural livelihoods; First line of defence: engaging communities in tackling wildlife crime; and Indigenous peoples and sustainable wildlife management
in the global era.
First line of defence? A review of evidence on the effectiveness of engaging communities to tackle illegal wildlife trade
Based on a review of published literature, as well as case studies submitted to IIED’s Conservation Crime and Communities (CCC) database, this issue paper assesses evidence on the effectiveness of community engagement approaches.
Local Biodiversity Outlooks; Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Contributions to the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
A publication bringing together the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity launched at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico.
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Search our database for literature on conservation-poverty linkages

Forthcoming events

The Conservation Optimism Summit will be hosted at Dulwich College, London from April 20th – 22nd 2017.

The Cambridge Conservation will host Earth Optimism on the 22nd April at the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK.

The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated under the theme, 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism' on the 22nd May.

International Congress for Conservation Biology 2017, Insights for sustaining life on Earth, Colombia, 23rd-27th July 2017.


BIOSEC at the University of Sheffield is seeking two post-doctoral researchers with an interest in biodiversity, illegal wildlife trade and security issues. The deadline is the 13th of April.

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is calling for proposals for our Small Grants Fund 2017 which supports NGOs by providing financial and technical support to optimise their use of GFW tools and data for better forest monitoring and management. The deadline is April 15th.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences has a vacancy for one Post-Doctoral Fellow on the political ecology of the green economy. The deadline is the 17th April.

The Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford is inviting applications for a bursary of up to £3,000 to undertake the part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques for September 2017 entry. The deadline is the 12th of May.

The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is soliciting requests for funding proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams to tackle questions at the heart of sustainable economic development, human well-being, and nature conservation. The deadline is the 7th June 2017.

The Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is conducting a survey to understand the current threats to species, habitats, and ecosystems in Africa.

Call for papers for a new book focused on Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific.  If you are engaged in relevant work, and interested in participating, please contact Malcolm Cairns.

UNDP invite you to become a member of the NBSAP Forum which supports countries in finding the information they need to develop and implement effective National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
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