Internship Vacancy: Good Food Oxford

Key information

Organisation: Fauna Flora International
Role: Conservation and Sustainable Development Goals Intern
Location: Cambridge
Reference ID: 44139
Salary Description: £2,500 (from the ECI) and £5 for lunches
Start Date: 4 September 2017 (flexible)
Internship Duration: 8 weeks
Application deadline: 7 June 2017

Organisation/Company Description

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

World leaders at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) reaffirmed their commitment to sustainable development which embraces economic progress, social development and environmental protection for the benefit of all. One of the principal outcomes was the call to develop universally applicable sustainable development goals (SDGs) that balance the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development. This process culminated in a final document, containing 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of issues, adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

A lesson from the Millennium Development Goals, the predecessor to the SDGs, was that a major barrier to success was neglecting the interconnectedness of goals - especially the linkages between environmental, social and economic aspects. At present, environmental issues are mainly addressed in SDGs 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life below Water) and 15 (Life on Land). However, environmental issues also underpin several other goals, and it is important to recognise the cross-cutting contribution that conservation and environmental strategies can make to the achievement of the SDGs.

Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge, UK. These include Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), TRAFFIC, IUCN, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), amongst others. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents and, through this, secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth. The CCI partners together combine and integrate research, education, policy and practice to create innovative solutions for society and to foster conservation learning and leadership.

Project Details

In late 2016, the CCI Collaborative Fund supported a project entitled: Unusual suspects: what contributions can biodiversity conservation organisations make to the Sustainable Development Goals? The project involves the University of Cambridge’s Department of Geography, FFI, BirdLife International, RSPB, and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The purpose of the project is to address the risk of fragmentation between the various SDGs and environmental issues, by tapping into CCI’s expertise and convening power to help answer the following:

  • What does experience from existing initiatives within CCI organisations contribute to meeting the SDGs?
  • How can this information be used to help make the case for mainstreaming biodiversity considerations into all relevant sectors associated with the delivery of the SDGs?

The internship would assist with delivery of the latter part of the project, and provides a unique opportunity to be involved in a collaborative research project between a number of leading conservation organisations, IIED and the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. In particular, the intern would contribute towards the following two project objectives:

    1. Develop guidance for donors and applicants for future funding calls focussing on conservation-SDG links, informed by CCI organisations’ experience, including under the Darwin Initiative and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

    2. Contribute to international policy dialogues by demonstrating tangible ways in which biodiversity conservation actions can help ensure an integrated approach to achieving the SDGs, and feeding this knowledge into decision making processes, including in relevant UN Conventions.

Purpose and Specific Tasks

Overall purpose:

The intern will support the team in the writing-up the research findings in different forms (e.g. policy briefs, blogs, social media, academic paper), in order to disseminate them to a variety of audiences and to stimulate debate between conservation and development practitioners, researchers, donors, funders and decision-makers. The intern will also examine the implications of the findings for FFI and the organisation’s work, and further opportunities to build on this area of work.

Specifically, the intern will:
  • Support the project team and CCI policy experts in preparing a policy-advocacy strategy based on the research finding of the project. The strategy will provide details on what CCI Partners and others can do to integrate biodiversity considerations into the implementation of all SDGs.
  • Support the project team in preparing a policy briefing note on the project’s findings. The policy briefing note will provide recommendations for improved conservation practice in relation to the SDGs, to be shared with relevant policy-makers and funders, e.g. Darwin Initiative management. The intern will be encouraged to liaise with the Defra/Darwin Initiative administration team to determine how best to use project outputs to provide guidance for future funding calls (e.g. through a Darwin Initiative Information Note, Learning Note or Briefing Paper).
  • Further examine the implications of the project’s findings for FFI’s work and identify opportunities for FFI to demonstrate the linkages between its conservation programme and the SDGs.
  • The intern’s work will be supervised by the Senior Technical Advisor, Conservation Livelihoods and Governance at FFI, with day to day practical support provided by FFI’s Conservation Science and Design team. The internship will be based at FFI’s offices in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK.

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This internship has been facilitated by the Environmental Change Institute.

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