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CGIAR's Roots, Tubers & Bananas Research Program in East Africa. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT)

What is the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group?

Both poverty reduction and biodiversity loss have been identified as key challenges facing the planet in the new millennia, with conservation agencies expected to play a major role in international development efforts and negotiations. However, conservation and development practitioners are often divided as to how – and whether – to link biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction in their initiatives. A lack of evidence also exists as to whether these types of programmes really work. 

The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) is an international network, coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), for promoting dialogue and fostering learning on the links between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.

Established in 2005, the learning group:

  • Collects, analyses and disseminates information on conservation-poverty linkages;
  • Shares the latest research and policy developments in the conservation and development sectors;
  • Provides a forum through which organisations and individuals working on poverty-conservation linkages from a variety of different backgrounds can share experiences and lessons learnt.

Find out more about PCLG members and how to join.


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

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This website is funded by 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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