Gorilla, Toussaint Molenge, DRC
Photo by Toussaint Molenge, DRC

The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) established a national group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2014 bringing together conservation and development practitioners to share their experiences and to work together to better inform policy and practice.

Working towards the broader aims of the PCLG, the group:

  • Shares information on who is doing what and where in DRC with regards to great apes conservation-poverty issues.
  • Maintains a DRC PCLG mailing list as a way of communicating information on relevant issues in real time and fostering partnership amongst group members.
  • Undertakes small research and communication activities.


Linking great ape conservation and poverty alleviation in DRC 2014

On 21st - 22nd of May 2014, a workshop took place in Kinshasa with a focus on the conservation of great apes. Day One mainly focused on learning from each other, with a series of project level presentations made. On Day two, participants explored relevant national processes relating to poverty and conservation and developed a way forward for advancing the learning into the future.

More about the meeting, reports and presentations.


Great ape conservation and poverty reduction

DRC PCLG was one of the beneficiaries of wider support provided to the PCLG by the Arcus Foundation. Under this grant, IIED explored the need for setting up other national chapters of the PCLG, beyond the already established groups in Uganda and Cameroon. The work in DRC revolved around the following main activities:

  • Exploring the interest and need for setting up a national DRC PCLG group.
  • Holding a scoping meeting in DRC with conservation and development practitioners.
  • Discussing specific research and communication needs that could be addressed by a DRC chapter of the PCLG.

This project ran from April 2013 until April 2016.

DRC PCLG meetings


Other resources



For more information about DRC PCLG (including how to join for those based in DRC), please contact the group’s coordinator, Dr. Trinto Mugangu (trinto@live.com).


DRC PCLG is funded by the Arcus Foundation and by UK aid from the UK Government. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government or of the Arcus Foundation.

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The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group is an international network of organisations that promotes learning on the linkages between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.

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