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Introducing Conservation by Design 2.0


A retic­u­lat­ed giraffe in the Lois­a­ba Wildlife Con­ser­van­cy in North­ern Kenya. Pho­to by Ami Vitale.


Con­ser­va­tion by Design 2.0 rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant evo­lu­tion in The Nature Con­ser­van­cy’s core method­ol­o­gy. The moti­va­tions for the evo­lu­tion and the dif­fer­ences with pre­vi­ous approach­es are elab­o­rat­ed upon in the 20th Anniver­sary Edi­tion of Con­ser­va­tion by Design doc­u­ment, which this web­site sup­ple­ments. Four key advances are cen­tral to this evo­lu­tion: 

  1. Explic­it con­sid­er­a­tion of link­ages between peo­ple and nature,
  2. Design inter­ven­tions focused on cre­at­ing sys­temic change,
  3. Inte­gra­tion of spa­tial plan­ning with the devel­op­ment of new con­ser­va­tion strate­gies, and
  4. Robust­ly draw­ing upon and build­ing the evi­dence base for conservation.

CbD 2.0 is based in the Open Stan­dards for the Prac­tice of Con­ser­va­tion and also is intend­ed to reflect an evo­lu­tion from it. This web­site presents guid­ance for imple­ment­ing our updat­ed con­ser­va­tion plan­ning process along with a suite of learn­ing tools and addi­tion­al ref­er­ences. While the process is pre­sent­ed as a sequence of steps, it is intend­ed to be applied via an iter­a­tive process.


Table 1: Steps, outputs, and potential products a team might create using the guidance provided on this website.

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