Working through U-PCLG, using Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as a case study, the project entails a combined programme of research and capacity development for policy advocacy which is intended to improve policy and practice in a number of areas:
On 18th November 2010, the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) convened an international workshop in Masindi, Uganda. One of the recommendations of the workshop was the formation of country level chapters of the learning group. The PCLG-Uganda was the first national level chapter to be convened in March 2011.
The PCLG-Uganda chapter is engaged in a number of activities. Here are some highlights:
In the future, the PCLG-Uganda chapter aims to:
Funding has been received from the UK Darwin Initiative for a new project to build the policy influence capacity of the U-PCLG. Called “Research to Policy” the project runs for three years from July 2012. The first year of the project, led by the Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) will focus on research into the effectiveness of Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDPs) in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – particularly looking at how those initiatives have been targeted and the degree to which this has or has not influenced behaviour change. This research builds on an earlier study published by IIED in 2010- Development AND Gorillas: Assessing fifteen years of integrated conservation and development in south-western Uganda? The research findings will be used to develop guidelines on improved ICDP interventions. The second part of the project will entail the provision of a tailor made capacity building programme to members of the U-PCLG developed by ACODE (Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment). A series of workshops will cover: writing policy briefs, working with the media, targeting policy makers and so on.
Current members of the PCLG-Uganda
PCLG-Uganda is hosted by the Jane Goodall Institute - Uganda.
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