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 Issue 2, 2018

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What we are reading

Community engagement to tackle illegal wildlife trade

IIED and IUCN have been working to understand how actions to support communities living alongside wildlife can reduce poaching and promote conservation in their First Line of Defence against Illegal Wildlife Trade initiative. Together, they’ve just launched a new collection of publications:
A briefing -
Local communities: the overlooked first line of defence for wildlife with policy pointers on hearing the voices of local people, increasing community incentives and the need for political will!

A toolkit -
Local communities: First Line of Defence against illegal wildlife trade methodology
A multi-stakeholder action research approach designed for those working with communities to tackle illegal wildlife trade (whether NGOs, government or community-based organisations or donors).

Case studies
Strengthening Local Community Engagement in Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade with examples of using the FLoD methodology at Olderkesi Wildlife Conservancy and Kilitome Conservancyin Kenya

Governance and equity in conservation 

Over the last three years, IUCN and GIZ have collaborated with IIED to understand good governance of protected and conserved areas, and to design an approach to assess good governance. The result is a new approach that facilitates local people to judge what does and doesn’t work in their conservation area and draws out their ideas for action.

A blog and accompanying video shares the experiences of using IIED’s multi-stakeholder approach at Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda – Understanding governance and equity in conservation

Featured publications

Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation – Trade-offs and Governance

An open access book providing a review of current thinking on the links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. In part it showcases the key findings of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme, which has funded over 120 research projects in more than 50 countries since 2010.


If you happen to be located near Conservation International's US office in Arlington, ESPA have an event People and Protected Areas: Solutions for post 2020 on Thursday 24th May - How can trade-offs be managed for more equitable and effective conservation? What are the future directions in protected and conserved areas?
Losing the Serengeti: The Maasai Land that was to Run Forever 
An investigation by The Oakland Institute based on field research, never publicly-seen-before documents, and an in-depth investigation into Tanzania’s land laws. The reveals the complicity between Tanzanian government officials and foreign companies as they use conservation laws to dispossess the Maasai.


Read coverage in The Guardian - Maasai herders driven off land to make way for luxury safaris. And, check out Twitter for some of the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism’s reactions.
Making sense of ‘intersectionality’: A manual for lovers of people and forests

This manual aims to introduce ‘intersectionality’ to researchers who are unfamiliar with the term, and to provide tips and strategies for applying it in their own work. Practitioners and policymakers who are concerned with using evidence to inform gender-inclusive programs and policies would also find this manual useful.

On social media... 

The official CITES Twitter account appeared to endorse Kenya’s move to make wildlife crime a capital offense: 

“Kenya to fast-track laws to make #wildlife killing capital offense; once enacted, #WildlifeCrime offenders will face death penalty  via @XHNews #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime #RememberingSudan #WildlifeLaw

Check out some of the reaction on Twitter.

New opportunities


IIED’s Natural Resources group is seeking an enthusiastic assistant coordinator who enjoys providing administrative, finance and communications support. Deadline 17th May.

UNEP-WCMC is advertising for an Associate Programme Officer. Deadline 20th May. 

Become an Editorial Assistant to Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation. Deadline 29th May, 2018.

Forest Peoples Programme is advertising for a Communications Coordinator. Deadline 8th June.

Nominations are open for The IPBES Fellowship Programme targeting early career experts. Deadline 8th June.

Apply for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with the BIOSEC Project, University of Sheffield. Deadline 14th June.

The call for 2019-2021 Zoological Society of London’s EDGE Fellowship applications is now open to applicants from Asia and the Indo-Pacific islands. Deadline 18th June


The African Leadership University (ALU) is offering 40 full tuition scholarships to rising leaders in Conservation including Young Conservation Leaders. Deadline 31st May, 2018.

The Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen and the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia are advertising one 3-year PhD scholarships/Postgraduate Research Studentship (pdf) looking at the relationship between resources and politics. Deadline 20th June, 2018.
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