The primary text of this website was created from the Conservation by Design 2.0 Guidance Document. It is useful to think of the Guidance Document as a textbook — providing step-by-step instructions on what a full CbD 2.0 strategic process entails. The website supplements the Guidance by providing practitioners with implementation tips, examples, tools, and best practices, which are found in close proximity to the sections of the Guidance that they support. We will continue to update the website with additional examples and resources as we identify them, and towards that end we encourage you to submit your examples, case studies, and other tools that you find useful using the comment boxes at the bottom of most pages.
In addition to guiding teams through the planning methodology itself, the website includes a special section on the Key Advances that represent the major evolutionary elements of this second generation of Conservation by Design. These four sections provide important context to understand the motivations behind the updated methodology, and a conceptual framework for its implementation. We consolidated the discussion of the Key Advances in one place because they permeate Conservation by Design 2.0, making it redundant to include this information at every place that it is relevant. Moreover, it is essential for teams to understand these advances if they are to effectively implement CbD 2.0.
The CbD 2.0 methodology is organized into 14 steps, grouped into five overarching phases which you will find by mousing over “Our Approach” on the top navigation. Each Phase has a landing page, and each step contains a summary of its purpose, intended products, the process itself, minimum standard questions that your team should ask at the end of every phase, and FAQs. Learning resources are found throughout. By clicking on “Expand All,” you can see all of the content of each page. By clicking on individual bullets, you can see additional content on that topic. A series of appendices, found under the “Resources” dropdown, provide links to additional external guidance, tools, and further discussion on related topics.
Two example strategies recur throughout the website, to facilitate understanding of how teams adjust their thinking when progressing through the steps of CbD 2.0. Table 2 provides an overview of conclusions from relevant steps for each strategy.