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What is the PCLG?

PCLG international is a network for people who work in conservation, development and indigenous/local community rights. We share information and promote exchange on the links between people and conservation, including on issues of governance, equity and human wellbeing.

The international network shares the latest news, opportunities and research through our newsletters with a specific focus on Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and Latin America. Key themes of people and conservation that we include are:

  • 'Community-based' conservation, forest managament, wildlife management, and natural resource management
  • Conflict, including human wildlife conflict
  • Culture, indigeneity and religion
  • Ecosystem services
  • Gender 
  • Governance, justice, equity and human rights
  • Human wellbeing and poverty
  • Hunting (subsistence, traditional, trophy)
  • Incentives, including payments for ecosystem services
  • Social impacts of protected and conserved areas
  • Wildlife trade (legal and illegal)

The network is coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

There are three PCLG national groups located in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Each group has a particular interest in the conservation of critically endangered great ape species. PCLG national groups define their own agendas related to conservation and development and are involved in research, communication and advocacy activities. IIED provides technical support to the national groups.

Our Story

PCLG, formerly referred to as the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group, was established in 2005 to:

  • Collect, analyse and disseminate information on poverty-conservation linkages.
  • Share the latest research and policy developments in the conservation and development sectors.
  • Provide a forum through which organisations and individuals working on poverty-conservation linkages from a variety of backgrounds can share experiences and lessons learned.

From 2005 to 2017 the international network of the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group  hosted meetings and events on understanding the interlinkages between poverty and conservation, supported research, and maintained two bibliographic databases - PCLG Digest Bibliographic Database and Biodiversity Poverty Map Database. We no longer continue these activities as an international network, and instead focus our efforts on keeping you up to date through our newsletters.