In this issue: Equity and justice in conservation, biodiversity and development co-operation, vacancy announcements, funding opportunities and much more...
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The monthly newsletter of the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG)

May 2015

PCLG International and National Group News

In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, on Friday 22 May the Uganda PCLG joined forces with the World Conservation Society (WCS), and the Ugandan National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to host a conservation event in Kampala, Uganda.  

A leopard in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park.  (Photo: David Cook, Creative Commons via Flickr). 

The DRC PCLG has started developing a series of new research and communication activities, under the expert direction of a new coordinator, Dr Trinto Mugangu. To collaborate, join the group or simply know more contact

Member news

UNEP-WCMC has launched a redesigned Protected Planet website (, the online face of the World Database on Protected Areas.

The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published a report, 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development', which supports the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets.
IUCN has released guidelines on transboundary conservation to support those involved in initiating, managing and governing transboundary conservation programmes.
An ongoing study by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Initiative is examining some of the key interdependencies among agriculture and food systems, biodiversity and ecosystems with a view to addressing “the economic invisibility of many of these links”. Read more
What are the link between wildlife crime and poverty? A new IIED report (and accompanying blog) titled ‘Wildlife crime: a review of the evidence on drivers and impacts in Uganda’ looks for answers.

An IIED briefing paper, ‘Beyond enforcement: engaging communities in tackling wildlife crime’, provides key policy pointers on the incentives needed to engage local communities in tackling wildlife crime.

Poverty and Conservation News Stories

The Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda called ‘Transforming Our World by 2030: A New Agenda for Global Action’ is out now.
The UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries (UN-REDD Programme) has launched a tool designed to help REDD+ countries assess the social and environmental benefits and risks associated with potential REDD+ activities. Read more
Following a meeting on illegal trade in wild fauna and flora held in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, African leaders have issued a strong declaration urging coordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime. Read more
A conference, Africa Rising, took place in May in South Africa to explore the use of biodiversity data for evidence-based decision-making and to spur sustainable development in Africa. Read more
IUCN is inviting you to get involved in work to support their Natural Resource Governance Framework, which focuses on strengthening understanding and implementation of rights and rights based approaches to conservation. Read more

Featured story

Equity and justice are terms that we increasingly encounter in many different situations. But what do they mean and how can they be assessed?

The Natural Resources Group at IIED has taken up the challenge of answering these questions, focusing in particular on the contexts of REDD+ and protected areas for biodiversity conservation. To this end, IIED hosted an ‘equity workshop’ in March.  The presentations shared at this event, which can be viewed on IIED's Slideshare platform, have inspired the reflections in a blog ‘Equity, justice and ecosystem services: what do we mean?’.


Featured Publications

Biodiversity and Development Co-operation
Prepared by OECD, this paper considers how development co-operation is addressing the twin objectives of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use on the one hand, and development and poverty reduction on the other.


Other media

BLOG: Integrating biodiversity and poverty alleviation: insights from the Darwin Initiative.

BLOG: As the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) celebrates its 10th anniversary, PEI's Michael Stanley-Jones explains how its integrated approach is key for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
BLOG: World Bank’s Paula Caballero tries to ‘connect the dots’ for sustainable development in 2015.
VIDEO: UNEP’s Executive Director Achim Steiner talks about his great expectations for the United Nations September Summit that will decide on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to be attained by 2030.

Forthcoming Events

Register for the 2 day symposium “Towards a sustainable and legal wildlife trade”, organised by the International Trade Centre and the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, to be held on the 18th  -19th of June, 2015, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
Register with ERT Conservation and partners for their conference on ‘Building Capacity for Conservation and Resource Management in Africa - An exchange of ideas, opportunities & best practice’, to be held from the 27th - 30th of July in Nairobi, Kenya.
Register for The Society for Conservation Biology and partners 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) and the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB) to be held on the 2nd - 6th of August 2015 in Montpelier, France.

Register for the XIV World Forestry Congress to be hosted from the 11th – 17th of September 2015, South Africa. Take advantage of Early Bird registration by 30 June 2015.
Register for the 17th Annual BIOECON Conference ‘Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability’ on the 13th – 15th of September 2015, Kings College, Cambridge, UK.

Register for the ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme) 2015 Annual Science Conference, which will take place in London, UK, on 25th-26th of November 2015.
Register for the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum, to be held in Paris from the 5th-6th December 2015.

Register for Pathways Kenya 2016, ‘Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management’, to be held from the 10th – 13th of January 2016, at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya.

Other Opportunities

Vacancy Announcements
TRAFFIC is seeking a Research Officer to support the implementation of TRAFFIC activities within Europe. Deadline is 21st June 2015.

IIED is looking for the next Group Head – Sustainable Markets Group. Deadline is 29 June 2015.

Funding & Awards
The Christensen Fund will be accepting pre-proposals later this year, between the 1st- 30th of September 2015. The fund makes grants to indigenous-led and community-based organisations for projects that combine biodiversity with cultural diversity. More information.  
The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge has launched an open competition that aims to reward innovative solutions to the escalating problem of wildlife trafficking. The Challenge will select numerous winners from the Prize Application pool to receive a Prize of $10,000  - as well as promotional and networking opportunities and technical assistance to scale or accelerate their solutions. Prize winners will also have an opportunity to further compete for one of up to four Grand Prizes worth between $100,000 and $500,000. More information.
Open-ended call from the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Regional Opportunities Fund Small Grants Scheme, aimed at enhancing the impact and research uptake of ESPA funded projects and the ESPA programme as a whole. Open ended call until 1st June 2016. More information.
Training & Further Education
The UN World Tourism Organisation is looking for two PhD candidates for its 2015 edition. The 2015 intake is focusing on 2 thematic priorities: a) Global processes on sustainable development and tourism, and; b) Resilient tourism.
10-month professional Master of International Forestry (MIF) degree offered at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Apply now for September 2015 academic year; applications for 2016 academic year open mid-October 2015. More information.
If you have any news regarding your work that you would like us to include in the next issue of PCLG News, please contact us.
This newsletter is one of a number of information services published by the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG), an IIED led initiative. The activities of the PCLG are currently funded by the Arcus Foundation, and the UK Government; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of these organisations.
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