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 Issue 1, 2018

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What we are reading

Image from United Nations Environment Programme, 2018

Conservation needs a radical shakeup!

A new report by UN Environment, IIED and IUCN - Wild Life, Wild Livelihoods – Involving communities in sustainable wildlife management and combating illegal wildlife trade (pdf) - reviews the long history of experience with community wildlife management. Here’s a snippet of the key findings...
  1. Lessons learned, lessons forgotten
  2. Boots on the ground can run in the wrong direction
  3. It ain’t what you do – it’s the way that you do it
  4. Effective enforcement, engaged communities: two sides of the same coin
  5. It’s the incentives, stupid (but it’s not only money)
  6. Think systems not sites
  7. Think globally, govern locally
  8. Local voices should be the loudest voices
… check out the full report for more in-depth analysis. There’s also a short accompanying video on why communities are so vital to protect and conserve wildlife.

And that’s not all, on World Wildlife Day IIED’s Dilys Roe and James Mayers argued that to save Africa’s wildlife conservation needs a radical shake up so that it supports rather than criminalises local people.
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What does equity have to do with conservation?

How can we achieve fairer conservation? In a Q&A Senior IIED Researcher, Phil Franks, underlines that as we start to discuss the post 2020 strategy now is the time to consider understanding and assessing equity in protected area conservation.

Learn more about the different dimensions of equity in a beautifully illustrated short animation - “Protected areas for all” - by the ecosystem services for poverty alleviation (ESPA) Directorate.

Featured publications

­­Understanding and assessing equity in protected area conservation: a matter of governance, rights, social impacts and human wellbeing

IIED Issue Paper explains the meaning of equity in a conservation context, and then examines how equity relates to the more widely understood concepts of rights, governance, social impact and human wellbeing.
Ecosystems, poverty alleviation and conditional transfers

IIED guidance for practitioners featuring lessons from experiences with conditional transfers that have achieved scale by moving beyond pilots or projects into established programmes.
Community Natural Resource Management in Tanzania

An Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group report reviewing Tanzania’s land and natural resource management policies and laws which provide a framework for enabling local communities to administer, manage and sustainably utilize their land and natural resources.
Challenging common myths in protected area management

An ESPA Policy and Practice brief on why Protected Areas have often failed to improve the wellbeing of local people as well as achieve ecological goals. Can rethinking the widespread assumptions underlying protected areas support more equitable conservation?

Online learning

Join the ESPA Directorate on 27th March 12 noon (GMT) for a webinar on their lessons learned from almost ten years of the ESPA programme. How can research help address the global challenges of our times, and result in positive change in the lives of poor and marginalised communities?

Enrol for the new Environmental Justice MOOC (a free online course) from the University of East Anglia and Future Learn running NOW for 5 weeks.

New opportunities


Conservation Programme Assistant, Fundação Príncipe Trust, Fauna and Flora International. Deadline, 22nd March.

Conservation Programme Coodinator with IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Deadline, 31st March 2018.

MPhil in Conservation Leadership, Alumni & Communications Coordinator, University of Cambridge. Deadline, 5th April 2018

Regional Director to provide strategic oversight and leadership in the development and implementation of the BirdLife programme across the Africa region, BirdLife Africa. Deadline, 15th April 2018.


Call for abstract for the 2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance, Governing Global Sustainability in a Complex World, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 5-8th November 2018. Deadline, 19th March.

Call for abstracts for the 4th Annual FLARE (Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) Meeting held from the 17th-20th October, 2018 at the University of Copenhagen with a special event on Timber Legality on the 17th of October. Deadline, 1st April 2018
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