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The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group
October - November 2016

PCLG members news

Check out University College London’s new ESPA funded project, Issues and Myths in Protected Area Conservation: Trade-offs and Synergies.

Congratulate PCLG member Tahzingdong, who have been given the Energy Globe World Award 2016 for their project, Community-based conservation of village common forest in Rowangchari, Bangladesh.
Read two new research briefs by Dr Fiona Nunan (University of Birmingham) on multi-level governance of coastal ecosystems in Kenya and Zanzibar.

Learn about Uganda WCS new REDD+ project, The Murchison-Semliki  REDD plus project-Western Uganda


Highlights from October and November include:
UN Biodiversity Conference, Mexico
The beginning of December, from the 4th to 17th, marks the UN Biodiversity Conference hosted by the Mexican Government and includes the 13th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. PCLG member, BirdLife International, call for ‘a little less conversation, a little (or a lot) more action from those attending CoP.

For those of you not travelling to Mexico, you can follow live coverage of the negotiations and select video coverage of side events from IISD.
For those of you travelling to Mexico, IIED will be there and has side events on mainstreaming biodiversity in development, improving evidence on livelihoods initiatives and conservation, and assessing equity in protected area conservation. Find out more from IIED at COP Cancun.

PCLG members might also be interested in a side event from the Darwin Initiative after 25 years.

Featured publication

Implementation of CITES for bushmeat species and its impacts on local livelihoods in Colombia
Between January and June 2016, the Centre for International Forestry Research, in coordination with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora focal points for Colombia, applied a rapid evaluation of bushmeat in Colombia. This involved a systematic review of available literature; consultations with national and regional authorities; semi-structured interviews with experts; field visits; and regional workshops with stakeholders of the bushmeat trade, local authorities and experts. This infobrief summarises the key findings.
Mainstreaming biodiversity. A guide to selecting strategic development targets
This guide from IIED and UNEP-WCMC addresses how to mainstream biodiversity into development. It is aimed at biodiversity authorities and interest groups needing to select the most strategic development targets for biodiversity mainstreaming.
Unpacking equity for protected area conservation
This Parks Journal article by IIED and partners proposes a framework for advancing equity in the context of protected area conservation that was developed through a process of expert workshops and consultation and then validated at three sites in East Africa. The authors present the case for shifting the framing of protected area conservation from a livelihoods framing to an equity framing.
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Search our database for literature on conservation-poverty linkages

Forthcoming events

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.

Medact and partners will host the Healthy Planet, Better World Forum in London, UK on the 9th and 10th of December.

British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2016 will be held in Liverpool, UK from the 11th – 14th of December 2016.

Student Conference on Conservation Science 2017 will be held in Cambridge, UK from 28th – 30th of March.

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

International Congress for Conservation Biology 2017, Insights for sustaining life on Earth, will be held in Colombia from the 23rd-27th July 2017.


Submit an abstract to the International Congress for Conservation Biology 2017 to be held in Colombia on the 23rd-27th July 2017. The deadline has been extended to the 14th December. You can also suggest a speaker.

Propose a session at the Conservation Optimism Summit 2017 – a joint initiative of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Oxford and the Zoological Society of London. The summit will be hosted at Dulwich College, London from April 20th – 22nd 2017. The deadline for proposals is the 16th December 2016.

Applications are open for the UK Darwin Initiative’s scoping project funding - scoping projects are small grants intended to help applicants who are new to the Darwin Initiative.  Apply by the 19th of December.

Request for proposals for Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Skill Building, Collaboration, and Proposal Writing. The workshop will be held from 7th – 10th March 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Apply by the 13th of January.

Applications are open for conservation practitioners to the Kinship Conservation Fellows Program. Apply by the 16th of January 2017. 

Call for abstracts from the Development Studies Association’s Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group for a workshop on the 12th of May at the University of Birmingham: ‘Analysing natural resource governance: learning from contrasting approaches’. The deadline for abstracts is the 16th of January 2017.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Africa Program 2017 have announced their Notice of Funding Opportunity. Conservation priorities for USFWS support in 2017 focus on securing wildlife and developing capacity for conservation in Central Africa. Please note that only pre-proposals will be accepted for the deadline on January 17th 2017. More information: English / Français (pdf).

WWF’s Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Applications are now welcome for:  Building Capacity in Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Conservation; Building Capacity in Sustainable Food Systems and Conservation; Conservation in Mozambique; and Current & Aspiring University Faculty for Conservation. The deadline for applications is the 1st of March 2017.
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