PCLG: an international learning network on the links between people and nature conservation
PCLG international shares opportunities and research through two regular newsletters, and supports PCLG national groups in Cameroon, DRC and Uganda.
Researcher (biodiversity), Natural Resources
PCLG international is coordinated by IIED with the aim of improving policy and practice. Through two regular newsletters, we share the latest news, opportunities and research on the links between nature conservation and human wellbeing, rights and livelihoods, with a specific focus on Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and Latin America.
- PCLG News is our quarterly, carefully-curated newsletter featuring thought-provoking news, opinion pieces and must-read publications, as well as funding, personal development and career opportunities. Subscribers also receive occasional alerts about funding opportunities and relevant events.
- PCLG Research Digest is our monthly round-up of recently published books, briefings, journal articles, manuals and other publications. Much of the content is open or free to access, making the PCLG Digest a crucial resource for anyone wanting to stay up to date with the latest research.
From poverty to people
PCLG was established in 2005 as the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group. We now refer to the international network as PCLG, to reflect the broadening of its thematic focus from poverty and conservation to people and conservation.
We are particularly interested in how approaches to conservation that respond to community priorities, and are more equitable, can deliver improved outcomes for nature and biodiversity as well as people.
From 2005 to 2017 the international secretariat of the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group at IIED hosted meetings and events and maintained two bibliographic databases. We also accepted organisations as PCLG members. We no longer maintain these activities and instead focus our efforts on keeping the network of individual subscribers up to date through our newsletters.
National groups in Uganda, Cameroon and DRC
Beside the international network, national PCLG groups have been formed in Uganda, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The national groups continue to work through a membership structure and foster collaboration between conservation and development organisations in the respective countries.
National groups define their own agendas related to conservation and development and are involved in research, communication and advocacy activities.
All three national groups have an interest in conserving critically endangered great apes, and PCLG members have been working together to explore how great ape conservation can be more effectively linked to poverty alleviation efforts, for example, through tourism or through reducing conflict between humans and wildlife. This work has been supported by the Arcus Foundation.
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The Overlap between Conservation and Development Organisations in the Albertine Rift, Western Uganda
Publication, 01 April 2012
Linking Great Ape Conservation and Poverty Alleviation: Learning from Experiences and Identifying New Opportunities
Publication, 01 November 2010
Recommendations to improve the impacts of agro-industrial activities on great ape conservation and livelihoods in Cameroon
Publication, 01 December 2015
Tackling Human-wildlife Conflict: A Prerequisite for linking Conservation and Poverty Alleviation
Publication, 01 April 2012
Poverty Alleviation That Works: Informing Conservation Practice from Development Experience. Report of a DEG – PCLG Roundtable, 22 December 2011.
Publication, 01 December 2011
Conservation and "Land Grabbing" in Rangelands: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
Publication, 01 October 2014
Mapping great ape conservation projects with a livelihood component in DRC: a preliminary study
Publication, 01 March 2016
The PCLG Directory of Poverty and Conservation Organisations and Initiatives 2010
Publication, 01 October 2010
Impacts of agro-industrial and logging activities on great ape conservation and livelihoods in Cameroon, Workshop Report
Publication, 01 March 2015