Communities combating illegal wildlife trade: An online learning series for the East African Community region

Participants at a FLoD learning event in Kenya sit around a table
Participants at a FLoD learning event in Kenya. Credit: IUCN

Conservation organisations from East African Community partner states are attending seven online learning events between September and December 2020 on the application of the ‘Local Communities: First Line of Defence against Illegal Wildlife Trade’ (FLoD) initiative.

Between September and December 2020, IIED, alongside the IUCN East and Southern Africa Regional Office (IUCN ESARO) and the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (IUCN SULi) is holding seven online learning events on the application of the ‘Local Communities: First Line of Defence against Illegal Wildlife Trade’ (FLoD) initiative. The FLoD initiative aims to support designers and implementers of anti-poaching and anti-wildlife trafficking strategies and projects to effectively engage local communities as partners.

The series aims to conduct virtual familiarisation, awareness raising and training on different approaches to engaging communities to tackle IWT. It has been designed to support wildlife conservation and management authorities in the East African Community partner states, as well as relevant non-governmental and community-based organisations of the region.

The series is supported by USAID Kenya and East Africa through the Conserving Natural Capital and Enhancing Collaborative Management of Transboundary Resources (CONNECT) project, and will supplement the comprehensive training course on FLoD, which is currently under development with support from the BIOPAMA  programme supported by the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States.

Session 1 - 15th September

This introductory session gave participants an overview of community engagement in tackling illegal wildlife trade and explored the FLoD initiative and the People not Poaching platform.

The video of the session is below and you can also view or download the presentations.

This is a recording of the first event of an online learning series for the East African Community region on communities combating illegal wildlife trade.

 

Session 2 - 30th September

The session gave an introduction, overview and lessons learned on the FLoD initiative, including experiences from implementing FLoD in Kenya.

The video of the session is below and you can also view or download the presentations.

This is a recording from the second event of an online learning series for the East African Community region on communities combating illegal wildlife trade.

 

Session 3 - 15th October

This session took participations through the first two steps of the FLoD methodology:

  • Screening and Scoping
  • Inception Workshop

The video of the session is below and you can also view or download the presentations.

This is a recording from the third event of an online learning series for the East African Community region on communities combating illegal wildlife trade.

 

Session 4 - 30th October

This session took participations through the third step of the FLoD methodology:

  • Developing the Implementer / Designer Theory of Change

The video of the session is below and you can also view or download the presentations.

This is a recording from the fourth event of an online learning series for the East African Community region on communities combating illegal wildlife trade.

 

Session 5 - 13th November

This session took participations through the fourth step of the FLoD methodology:

  • Developing the Community Theory of Change

The video of the session is below and you can also view or download the presentations.

This is a recording from the fifth event of an online learning series for the East African Community region on communities combating illegal wildlife trade.

 

Session 6 - 27th November

This session took participations through the final steps of the FLoD methodology:

  • Feedback
  • Communicaion

The video of the session is below.

This is a recording from the sixth event of an online learning series for the East African Community region on communities combating illegal wildlife trade.

 

Session 7 - 11th December

This session discussed the future of FLoD.

The video of the session is below.

This is a recording from the seventh and final event of an online learning series for the East African Community region on communities combating illegal wildlife trade.