TNRC Event Corruption and community based conservation: Lessons and opportunities

TNRC Learning Series
Anti-corruption insights for conservation and natural resource management

Corruption and community based conservation:
Lessons and opportunities

May 21, 2021

8:00am - 9:30am Lima, Peru
9:00am - 10:30am Washington, DC
2:00pm - 3:30pm Cambridge, UK
4:00pm - 5:30pm Nairobi, Kenya
8:00pm - 9:30pm Bangkok, Thailand

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About the event

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What lessons can be drawn from the various ways "community" is determined? How does this impact assumptions about corruption? This webinar will provide an overview of the corruption challenges that typically affect community-based conservation work, using case examples and lessons from Kenya and Indonesia. It will offer reflections on how someone working on community-based conservation projects can integrate these insights into intervention design and implementation.

Learning questions

1. How has “community” been variously defined and what does this imply for conservation practice?
2. Which corruption challenges typically arise in community based conservation approaches?
3. What can we learn from specific cases from Kenya and Indonesia?
4. What issues should practitioners consider in intervention design and implementation to reduce the impact of corruption on community-based conservation?

About the speakers

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Achiba Gargule, Senior Advisor, U4-CMI and Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (Presenter):
Achiba Gargule is a human geographer focusing on natural resources governance, specialising in development policy, land-rights inequities, and frontier transformations. Before joining U4, he worked for various organisations in the East African region, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Oxfam GB, ACDIVOCA, and the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) – a regional economic bloc established by ten northern Kenya counties. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Sustainable Development from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern in Switzerland. His dissertation discusses representations of pastoral societies in northern Kenya and the different dynamics in how the state and its network of powerful actors adopt, promote, and recast disruptions in the pastoralism system through ‘new visions’ and reforms expected to deliver growth and advancements. He has published on community land reform and the threats of large-scale land acquisitions for communal land rights and advised governments and international organisations on these subjects.

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Aled Williams, Senior Advisor, U4-CMI and Research Coordinator, Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (Presenter):
Aled Williams is Senior Program Advisor at the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre. Aled focuses on the uneven politics of natural resource-driven development, with a particular interest in issues of corruption, access, legitimation and control. He has a country focus on Indonesia and experience from assignments in Albania, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Macedonia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia. He is co-editor of the books: "Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges" and "Corruption, Natural Resources and Development: From Resource Curse to Political Ecology" He was previously Senior Research Coordinator at the global anti-graft NGO Transparency International based in Berlin. He is currently Research Coordinator for the five-year USAID-funded project Targeting Natural Resource Corruption, working with consortium partners WWF-US, George Mason University and TRAFFIC.

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Nathalie Simoneau, Director, Gender and Social Inclusion, WWF-US (Panelist):

Nathalie Simoneau joined WWF in 2010 as part of the People and Conservation team working on population, health and environment (PHE) initiatives. She has a background in public health nutrition and food security and holds a Masters’ Degree from McGill University’s Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment. She has worked for nearly 20 years in program design and implementation at the nexus of health, development and conservation in Central African countries, Mozambique, Nepal, Cambodia and with Indigenous communities in Northern Canada. Nathalie focuses on ensuring proper mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues into WWF conservation programs globally and promotes and ensures the application of social policies and principles into all WWF’s work. She is also a member of the Core Team responsible for WWF Network’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) roll-out. She provides strategic and technical guidance, and supports policy and advocacy efforts through various international platforms, to influence adoption of integrated approaches in conservation programming, to reach more sustainable human wellbeing and conservation outcomes.

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Elizabeth Hart, Chief of Party, Targeting Natural Resource Corruption, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (Moderator)
Liz Hart is Chief of Party for the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) project at WWF. Liz has more than twenty years of experience in governance and anti-corruption analysis and practice in the international development sphere. In addition to a 14-year career with USAID, she was formerly the director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre and an active consultant in governance, anti-corruption and development.

Image attribution: © / Jen Guyton / WWF; © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF; © Georgina Goodwin / Shoot The Earth / WWF-UK; © Hkun Lat / WWF-Aus