Research and advocacy

Fisherman repairing his nets on the beach. Mozambique.
Fisherman repairing his nets on the beach. Mozambique. Photo by Eric Miller/ World Bank.

PCLG engages in research and advocacy initiatives that are in line with our core mission to understand the links between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.

Ongoing work

Linking Great Ape Conservation and Poverty Alleviation

The Arcus foundation have provided funding that has supported the establishment of three national PCLG groups in Uganda, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo and strengthened their capacity to engage with development processes that affect great apes and their habitats.

Mainstreaming biodiversity and development

This Darwin Initiative and BMZ funded project has assisted African countries to use their revised national biodiversity and strategy action plans (NBSAPs) as a vehicle for integrating biodiversity into development policy and planning.

Social Assessment of Protected Areas (SAPA)

The SAPA initiative has developed a relatively simple low-cost methodology for assessing the positive and negative social impacts of a PA on the well-being of communities living within and around it. SAPA is designed to help PA managers and other key stakeholder groups to increase and more equitably share positive impact (benefits) and reduce the negative impacts (costs).

Can health investments benefit conservation?

Uganda PCLG member, Conservation Through Public Health has received funding from the Darwin Initaitive to understand the value of health interventions as part of an integrated approach to tackling poverty and improving conservation.

Completed Projects

Building capaicty for pro-poor responses to wildlife crime in Uganda

Funded by the Darwin Initiative, this project gathered empirical evidence to improve understanding of the interactions between wildlife crime and poverty in Uganda. This project ran from April 2014 until March 2017.

Research to Policy: Building Capacity for Conservation through Poverty Alleviation

Funded by the Darwin Initiative, this project used Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as a case study to explore the current limitations of integrated conservation and development (ICD) programmes and to suggest improvements. This project ran from April 2012 until April 2015.

Biodiversity-Poverty Evidence

IIED and UNEP-WCMC worked together in 2012 and 2013 to systematically map the biodiversity-poverty evidence base. The PCLG website hosts the biodiversity-poverty evidence database captured by this project, which is freely available for you to search and download.

South-South learning on Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation 

At a PCLG workshop in Masindi in 2010, human wildlife conflict emerged as a key issue to be addressed in order to improve poverty conservation relationships on the ground. In reponse, PCLG developed a standard analysis framework and commissioned a number of case studies to explore current financial and insurance schemes. Project outputs include:

Other relevant documents include:

Biodiversity in Development Policy

In 2010, the PCLG Secretariat worked to track the degree to which biodiversity is integrated into national and international development policy and poverty reduction strategies.

Conservation and Poverty Principles

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) organised a workshop on the Isle of Vilm in November 2006 to discuss the links between nature conservation and poverty reduction. A second meeting was held in 2007 where a draft document for guiding principles on the interface of nature conservation and poverty reduction was developed and their potential integration into key policy processes.

About us

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

More about us

IIED The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group is a project coordinated by IIED.

UK AidArcus foundation

This website has received funding from UK aid and the Arcus Foundation. The views expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of these organisations.

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