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Appendix B — The Conservation Coaches Network

CCNet evolved from The Nature Con­ser­van­cy’s Efroym­son Coach­es Net­work and was char­tered in 2009 by the Con­ser­van­cy, WWF, Green­ing Aus­tralia and Foun­da­tions of Suc­cess to help meet the grow­ing need to train and sup­port coach­es of the Open Stan­dards. CCNet aims to improve con­ser­va­tion by empow­er­ing peo­ple to devel­op, imple­ment, eval­u­ate, adapt and share effec­tive strate­gies that achieve tan­gi­ble con­ser­va­tion results ben­e­fit­ting both peo­ple and nature all over the world. As of 2016 CCNet includes over 500 trained coach­es from 60 coun­tries, six con­ti­nents and more than 160 orga­ni­za­tions. For­mal fran­chis­es cov­er North Amer­i­ca, Europe, Aus­tralia, Chi­na, Mon­go­lia, Indone­sia & Malaysia, South Asia, Pacif­ic Islands, Africa, MesoAmer­i­ca, and South Amer­i­ca. In addi­tion, a “Teach­ing Adap­tive Man­age­ment” group helps orga­nize the teach­ing of the Open Stan­dards in uni­ver­si­ties around the world. Coach­es not only teach prac­ti­tion­ers and teams the basic prin­ci­ples of the Open Stan­dards; they also help teams iden­ti­fy strate­gies, devel­op mea­sures, explic­it­ly artic­u­late and cap­ture their uncer­tain­ties, and encour­age on-going assess­ment and con­ti­nu­ity of effort. Coach­es link prac­ti­tion­ers with oth­er sup­port ser­vices and iden­ti­fy peer projects where project lead­ers can find addi­tion­al review and sup­port for sim­i­lar chal­lenges. In this way, coach­es have sup­port­ed thou­sands of con­ser­va­tion projects.

In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing coach train­ings around the World, CCNet keeps a List­serve where prac­ti­tion­ers inter­act vir­tu­al­ly; pro­duces a bi-annu­al edi­tion of CCNet News where coach­es share news in their own words; main­tains con­tent on a web­site; and hosts an in-per­son glob­al com­mu­ni­ty gath­er­ing every two years called the CCNet Ral­ly where peers teach peers and where adap­ta­tions and method improve­ments are shared.

While CbD 2.0 is new to every­one, and departs in some impor­tant ways from the Open Stan­dards, CCNet offers access to coach­es with­in and beyond the Con­ser­van­cy who can teach prac­ti­tion­ers and teams the basic prin­ci­ples of applic­a­ble aspects of the Open Stan­dards. A list of CCNet coach­es can be found here.

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