Influencing policy

Scales of Justice

IGAD conference & MP tours

At the policy and senior decision making level the lessons learned from the community level as well as additional detailed studies are used to make the case to policy and senior decision makers. Examples are IGAD Directors of Conservation and Economic Planning Meetings or Members of Parliament Tours.

A number of formal studies have been carried out under this IDRC funded project to improve understanding about the linkages between livelihoods and conservation, related policy processes, to identify policy bottlenecks, and to generate new data, for example on Environmental Economics. These studies have been used to guide advocacy work and policy dialogue as well as to generate policy options and recommendations.

Conferences of Directors of Conservation and Economic Planning
The first Directors of Conservation and Economic Planning meeting was held in Kenya in 2002 and was organised in partnership with the EAC and with the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Under the IDRC grant a similar conference was organised in Kenya in 2007 and a follow up conference is scheduled for 2010. These conferences bring together senior government planners from the member countries to debate the learning from IUCN’s work on Poverty-Environment linkages. They provide a platform from which community representatives and network representatives can make their case to government planners as well as a forum for discussion between governments over the policy options, current successes and failures, and potential transboundary cooperation.

Parliamentarian visits to communities
As a follow up to the community lessons learning, Members of Parliament have visited communities to learn first hand about their lessons in Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Conservation as a Livelihood Asset. The Parliamentary Tours have focused on Inter Governmental bodies, such as the East African Community (EAC) or the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in order to achieve a wider impact, to promote cross-fertilisation of ideas between the respective members states, and in order to link into specific policy processes at the Regional Level. Outputs from these tours include recommendations from parliamentarians to their government and to their regional intergovernmental body, which have been captured in Policy Briefing Notes and on film.