News items on the World Conservation Congress 2016, human rights and conservation, and a briefing on equity.
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The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group
August 2016

PCLG members news

Check out the new website from the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights, led by a consortium of international conservation NGOs, including PCLG members Fauna & Flora International and BirdLife.

Read Five ways to Advance Social Entrepreneurship, co-authored by the Executive Director of Blue Ventures for the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016
Delegates at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) are convening in Hawai’i for ten days from the 1st - 10th of September under the very emotive theme, Planet at the crossroads.

IIED will be there leading events on the on the social assessment of protected areas, understanding equity and governance of protected areas and the value of community to community exchanges…. to name a few! If you’re attending, you can find out more from: IIED at the World Conservation Congress.

Other interesting events we’ve spotted at WCC include CIFOR’s session on how to measure human welfare impacts of forest conservation initiatives - Who benefits and how much?  And, the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group’s event on hunting, conservation incentives and community livelihoods – Does hunting have a future?

If you’re not attending, you can follow updates on the Congress Live Homepage (once the meeting is underway) and via Twitter using #IUCNCongress.

Rights and Conservation
More and more there are stories in the press of rights violations in the name of conservation. The latest example comes from John Vidal at The Observer - The tribes paying the brutal price for conservation
In response to cases like these, a coalition of organisations (Fauna & Flora International, BirdLife International, University of Cambridge and Tropical Biology Association) have created a new package of training materials – Integrating Rights and Social Issues in Conservation; A Trainer’s Guide.

Also, Natural Justice and IIED have just published a draft set of Conservation standards: From rights to responsibilities. The standards focus on Indigenous Peoples rights as enshrined in international law, and how conservation initiatives can infringe on these rights. Your feedback is encouraged and welcome.

Co-author, Harry Jonas, has written a commentary for, Shifting the debate about conservation justice from rights to responsibilities.

Featured publication

From livelihoods to equity for better protected area conservation

Meeting social goals is widely considered essential for effective biodiversity conservation. The dominant approach to meeting social goals has focused mainly on support for local livelihoods, but this has often proved inadequate for achieving either social goals or conservation effectiveness. A priority for the global conservation community now is to rethink its approach to social goals. This will require a shift in framing from livelihoods to equity, where equity integrates issues of protected area costs and benefits with protected area governance. This briefing explains why an equity framing is important and how, in broad terms, a move from a livelihoods framing to equity might be achieved.
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Forthcoming events

The 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress is in Honolulu, Hawaii from the 1st-10th September 2016.

The Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and the Faculty of Sciences of the University Chouaib Doukkali, Morocco are holding the 3rd African Congress for Conservation Biology (ACCB 2016), between the 4th and 8th of September, 2016 on the University Campus at El Jadida, Morocco.

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) takes place from the 24th of September to the 5th of October in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The World Mountain Forum - Mountains for Our Future - will take place from the 17th to the 20th of October in Mbale, Uganda. 

The ESPA (ecosystem services for poverty alleviation) Annual Science Conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya between the 17th – 18th of November.

The first conference of the African Ecosystem Services Partnership will take place on the 21st – 25th of November in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Cancun, Mexico, from 4th – 17th of December 2016.

Applications open for the 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science to be held in Cambridge, UK from 28th – 30th of March. The deadline for applications is the 21st of October 2016.


The Earth Journalism Network has announced their Biodiversity Media Initiative Fellowship Program for journalists (particularly from developing countries) to attend the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico. The deadline for applying is the 10th of September. 

Future Earth is seeking applications for their Science Committee and their Engagement Committee. The deadline for applications is the 11th of September 2016.

Enrolments are open for the newly launched Innovation and design for Global Grand Challenges – an online and free course exploring global challenges in conservation and development starting on the 12th of September. Read more about the course in a feature by – Solving Global Grand Challenges, One MOOC at a time.

UNEP-WCMC has a vacancy for a Communications Assistant to support their internal and external communication of activities. The deadline for applying is the 19th of September. 

Two opportunities with Estelle Levin Ltd as a Responsible Sourcing and Due Diligence Specialist and a Responsible Mining and Development Specialist. The deadline for applying is the 15th of September. 

The World Resources Institute has a vacancy for a Manager to lead the Forest Transparency Initiative’s activities in Central Africa, Europe and the United States. 

The Wildlife Conservation Society has a vacancy for Senior Scientist in Gabon to lead the terrestrial component of their work. The deadline for applying is the 30th of September. 

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund has released an open call for Letters of Inquiry for large and small grants in the Cerrado biodiversity hotspot. The deadline for applying is the 30th of September. Before applying, be sure to check out their recent blog - 12 Tips for Getting your Grant Idea Funded.

The Whitley Award has announced its annual call for applications for 2017. The award includes a financial prize of £35,000 in funding. Apply by the 31st of October.
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