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Poverty Alleviation That Works: Informing conservation practice from development experience

20 December 2011, IIED, London, UK

This jointly organised PCLG and Bond Development and Environment Group (DEG) workshop was held to explore the opportunities and challenges of poverty reduction in rural areas. Participants were both representatives from large development NGOs and PCLG members, who drew on their conservation fieldwork experiences to discuss the challenges that both sectors face whilst trying to realise the seemingly conflicting objectives of development and conservation. Participants exchanged views on policy approaches to help development organisations conceptually grasp the mutual benefits of both objectives, such as using a resilience, climate change adaptation or livelihoods framework. A key issue for all organisations was determining how much they should be working at a policy level to address the drivers of environmental degradation, and how much they should focus on local projects. Concerns were also expressed about the extent to which lessons from a project in one region can be applied to a new context and whether development and conservation objectives can ever be entirely mutually supportive. A summary document from the discussion will be shared with PCLG members and it was hoped that this is a subject that we can continue to explore with a wider group of stakeholders from across the sectors.

Workshop Document:

The DEG – PCLG Roundtable report -  'Poverty Alleviation that Works: Informing Conservation Practice from Development Experience'.

Workshop Presentations:

What kinds of poverty intervention haved worked and why
Birdlife International

Poverty, Sustainability and Human Wellbeing
Institue of Development Studies

FFI’s approach to Conservation, Livelihoods & Governance
Fauna and Flora International

Poverty Alleviation and Conservation that Work Together
African Wildlife Foundation

Pro-Poor Approaches for Conservation
World Wide Fund for Nature