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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