Assessing and addressing the impact of large-scale land acquisitions on ape conservation

Name of the project

Assessing and addressing the impact of large-scale land acquisitions on ape conservation

Objectives

  • To build an evidence base on the geographic overlap between areas currently targeted for agribusiness investments and areas of importance for ape conservation;
  • To identify scale, trends and drivers of agribusiness investments;
  • To identify the impact that agribusiness investments are having on ape conservation and start building in-country engagement and awareness on this issue;
  • To assess opportunities and constraints in legal frameworks and political economy;
  • To identify key issues generated by the interface between agribusiness investments and ape conservation in order to generate lesson learning and help the Arcus Foundation develop a global strategy.

Expected outcomes

  • Inventories of agribusiness concessions (spreadsheet based) and ape conservation and ape habitat sites;
  • Map(s) of the interface between agribusiness concessions and ape conversation an habitat sites;
  • A desk-based legal review and political economy analysis report (15,000 words max.);
  • An overall synthesis report summarising findings from the inventory and mapping exercise, desk-based legal review and political economy analysis and field-based research

Key activities

  • Set up Multi-stakeholder advisory group that will help steer research, ensure its practical relevance and promote local ownership of the findings. In the process, group members are also expected to strengthen their own capacity to analyze and address these issues.
  • National inventory and mapping of ape and agribusiness.
  • Field-based research to zoom in on specific sites to get a more fine-grained picture of the interface between agribusiness concessions and ape conservation and identify issues that would need to be tackled through policy and practice
  • Desk-based legal review and political economy analysis
  • National workshop

Partners

The International Institute for Environment & Development of 80-86 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH, UK (“IIED”)

Location

  • Centre, Yaoundé
  • Littoral, Nkam
  • Sud, Dja-et-Lobo

Timeline

2015-2017