Global Wildlife Program Conference 2016: Engaging Local Communities in Wildlife Conservation

May 18, 2016 to May 20, 2016

Conference Background & Objectives


The Global Wildlife Program (GWP) is a seven-year GEF-funded program developed as a response to the growing crisis of illicit trafficking in wildlife. Approved in June 2015, it includes 10 initial national projects (Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia). Additional national projects are expected to be approved this year.  One of the key issues the GWP intends to address is the lack of ownership/value of wildlife to the communities who live with it.  Since communities co-existing with wildlife typically bear the costs of loss of livestock, crops and life without gaining significant economic benefit from wildlife, the wildlife itself may have little or no net positive economic value to the community. Developing strategies and interventions that help communities gain some benefits from wildlife is critical for their development and for the long-term solution of illegal wildlife trade.  The objectives of this Conference is to bring together project implementers and experts to share experiences in addressing this issue and support the preparation efforts of the national projects.  


Intended for

Clients: Government officials, technical agency staff and NGOs engaged in the GWP member countries.

Partners: The GEF, UN agencies and NGOs that form part of the GWP Steering Committee, donors and academic institutions/think tanks.

GWP Management Staff: Staff and Consultants actively working on the design and implementation of the GWP.




The event will last three days and be broken into two separate groups of sessions:

  • Half of the first day is the Conference opening with political statements and sharing inspiring examples from different parts of the world showing how different development opportunities can contribute to increasing the value of wildlife to communities in an effort to reduce poaching.
  • Followed by two and a half days of technical working sessions targeted to the GWP country clients where each of them will have a chance to present their national project proposals and work with experts and collaborate with other colleagues to incorporate some lessons learned on engaging communities to combat illicit trafficking in wildlife and improving law enforcement at site level to reduce wildlife poaching.



Day 1: May 18, 2016  (Conference Opening)

0700 - 0830

Breakfast  & Coffee


0830 – 0915

Panel Session 1: Lessons Learned from Community-Based Natural Resource Management

Community engagement in wildlife conservation and natural resources management and how they can benefit from it.

Moderator: Dr. Magda Lovei,  Practice Manager, WBG

Panelists: Examples from three countries

  • Mr. Mateus Mutemba, Warden of Gorongosa National Park (Mozambique)
  • Dr S.K.Khanduri, Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife), Ministry of Environment and Forests  (India)
  • Dr. Mike Harrison, CEO, Northern Rangelands Trust (Kenya)

0915 – 1015

Panel Session 2:  Role of Communities in Combatting ITW

Community engagement in combatting poaching and how they can benefit from enhanced wildlife stewardship.  Examples from the field

Moderator: Dr. Holly Dublin, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) Steering Committee Member

Panelists: Examples from three countries  

  • Mr. Shubash Lohani, Deputy Director for the Eastern Himalaya Ecoregion, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (Nepal)
  • Ms. Listya Kusumawardhani, Director, Ministry of Forestry (Indonesia)
  • Mr. Andrew Parker - Joint-Operations Director, African Parks Network (Congo and Zambia)

1015 - 1030

Coffee Break


1030 – 1230

Official Opening

Several high level individuals from the Kenyan government and various organizations will deliver brief introductory remarks

Welcoming Remarks:  

  • Ms. Diarietou Gaye, Kenya Country Director, World Bank Group (WBG)
  • Dr. Jaime Cavelier, Program Manager, Global Environment Facility
  • Michel Balima, Kenya Resident Representative, UNDP
  • Dr. Richard Leakey, Chairman, Kenya Wildlife Service
  • Mr. John Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES (Video)
  • Honorable Professor Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

Keynote Speech:  

  • Her Excellency, First Lady of Kenya, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta

1230 - 1330




Day 1: May 18, 2016  (GWP Technical Working Sessions)

Restricted participation

1330 – 1400

GWP KM Session Introductions & Expectations

  • Expectations & GWP update

Presenter: Dr. Claudia Sobrevila, Program Manager, GWP

1400 – 1700

National Project Presentations on Community components (includes coffee break)

  • National project representatives or consultants present project designs for community components

Moderator: Mr. Elisson Wright, Program Coordinator, GWP


-         National project representatives and consultants

DINNER 1900 – 2100


Day 2: May 19, 2016  (GWP Technical Working Sessions)

0730 - 0830

Breakfast  & Coffee


0830 - 0930

Community-based interventions that can enhance wildlife conservation results - Four phase process on CBNRM (Policy Analysis, Build Vision and Coalition for Change, Implementation, and Adaptive Management)



Presenter: Dr. Brian Child, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)


0930 - 1030

Community engagement diagnostic toolkit (toolkit provides insight into national level analytics)

Impromptu exercise with three countries


Facilitator: Dr. Brian Child and Dr. Greg Stuart-Hill, Natural Resource Advisor, WWF

-          National project representatives and consultants

1030-1100          Coffee Break

1100 - 1115

CITES and livelihoods

Presenter: Mr. Liu Yuan,  CITES Livelihoods Program Coordinator, CITES


1115 - 1230

Theory of change for community engagement in combatting ITW – Examining the four pathways, assumptions and enabling actions


Presenter: Dr. Holly Dublin, IUCN CEESP/ SSC SULi

1230 - 1330



1330 – 1600

Breakout session (includes coffee break)

Explore proposed community interventions and work to design these interventions to achieve the best outcomes

Facilitators: Dr. Holly Dublin and Ms. Diane Skinner

-          National project representatives and consultants


1600 - 1700

Report to plenary

Presenters from each breakout group

DINNER 1900-2100

Day 3: May 20, 2016 (GWP Technical Working Sessions)

0730 - 0800

Breakfast  & Coffee


0800 – 0900

Panel Session 1: Aligning IWT project interventions to strategic actions identified in species action plans

Opportunities and challenges to consider in leveraging GWP funds to implement priority actions in strategic species plans

Moderator: Mr. Paul Harrison, Technical Advisor, UNDP


-         Dr. Winnie Kiiru, Head of Country Liaison, Stop Ivory

-         Mr. Patrick Ollomo, Community Engagement Focal Point, Gabon (TBC)

-         Mr. Liu Yuan,  CITES Livelihoods Program Coordinator


0900 – 1000

General Overview: Site-level wildlife and threats monitoring systems used in Africa and Asia (i.e. MOMS, SMART, SMART CONNECT, Domain Awareness Systems, etc.)

Strengths and weaknesses of each system for different situations

Presenters: Dr. Emma Stokes, Director of Conservation Science, Africa Program, WCS


1000 – 1230

National Project Presentations on site-level monitoring systems components (includes coffee break)

National project representatives or consultants present project designs for site-level monitoring components

Moderator:  Dr. Emma Stokes,  Director of Conservation Science, Africa Program, WCS


National project representatives and consultants

1230 - 1330



1330 - 1600

Breakout groups  (includes coffee break)

Explore proposed selection of site-level monitoring systems at project sites and work to select the best system to monitor and measure necessary indicators

Facilitators: Dr. Emma Stokes  and Dr. Greg Stuart Hill


National project representatives and consultants

1600 - 1645

Report to Plenary

Presenters from each breakout group

1645 - 1730

Wrap up and Next Steps

Presenter: Dr. Claudia Sobrevila,  Program Manager, GWP

End of Event