Featured Publication

November 2019

Community, Conservation, and Collaboration

A Framework for Success

In the face of unprecedented threats to our planet, the active engagement and leadership of local communities is a critical component of securing a healthy future for all beings, human and wild. This essential framework, developed from the experience of over 50 organizations and in partnership with the National Geographic Society, provides lessons, strategies, and best practices to anyone working to engage and empower communities in the process of enhanced conservation and natural resource management. The framework and its associated toolkit go beyond theory to address the very important question of “how.”

Women hanging beehives in Tanzania

Featured Publication

November 2019

Community, Conservation, and Collaboration

A Framework for Success

In the face of unprecedented threats to our planet, the active engagement and leadership of local communities is a critical component of securing a healthy future for all beings, human and wild. This essential framework, developed from the experience of over 50 organizations and in partnership with the National Geographic Society, provides lessons, strategies, and best practices to anyone working to engage and empower communities in the process of enhanced conservation and natural resource management. The framework and its associated toolkit go beyond theory to address the very important question of “how.”

Featured Publication

November 2019

Community, Conservation, and Collaboration

A Framework for Success

In the face of unprecedented threats to our planet, the active engagement and leadership of local communities is a critical component of securing a healthy future for all beings, human and wild. This essential framework, developed from the experience of over 50 organizations and in partnership with the National Geographic Society, provides lessons, strategies, and best practices to anyone working to engage and empower communities in the process of enhanced conservation and natural resource management. The framework and its associated toolkit go beyond theory to address the very important question of “how.”

Women hanging beehives in Tanzania

Key Takeaways

Warrior_MobileDevice
Community
Local communities must be creators of programs, owners of environmental enterprises, and catalysts for change rather than simple beneficiaries of programming.
Two adult cheetahs in Tanzania
Conservation
NGOs should pursue conservation goals that address both the environmental and social concerns of partner communities.
CommunityEngagement
Collaboration
Environmental initiatives must be designed in collaboration with communities to ensure relevance, program sustainability, and sound cause-and-effect logic.

Key Takeaways

Warrior_MobileDevice
Community
Local communities must be creators of programs, owners of environmental enterprises, and catalysts for change rather than simple beneficiaries of programming.
Two adult cheetahs in Tanzania
Conservation
NGOs should pursue conservation goals that address both the environmental and social concerns of partner communities.
CommunityEngagement
Collaboration
Environmental initiatives must be designed in collaboration with communities to ensure relevance, program sustainability, and sound cause-and-effect logic.

Explore the Resources – Interactive Story Map

Community, Conservation, and Collaboration: A Framework for Success is based on expert experience, academic literature review, and analysis of a cross-section of case studies and conservation models from across eastern and southern Africa. This interactive story map takes an in-depth look at some of these resources, exploring the many organizations, programs, and practitioners that contributed to the framework. The story map provides updates to the case studies and demonstrates how the best practices referenced in the framework are being implemented on the ground.

“Today, in the face of unprecedented threats to our planet’s wildlife and ecosystems, collaborating with and empowering local communities is fundamental to the success of biodiversity conservation. Together, I believe we can accelerate meaningful solutions to protect the great diversity of life and build a brighter future for all.”

JONATHAN BAILLIE, PH.D.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SCIENTIST
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

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*Note: These tools are listed in the order they appear in the framework text which does not necessarily reflect the order in which they may be used.

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