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Conservation Enterprises

Conservation enterprises approaches are defined by a development hypothesis (theory of change) that if income is increased through conservation enterprises, then participants will be motivated and enabled to change behaviors to reduce threats to biodiversity (e.g., by reducing unsustainable resource use or monitoring/excluding others).

Over the past two decades, conservation enterprise approaches have been used extensively in USAID biodiversity programming. Yet, little information has been collected in a systematic way to test key assumptions regarding the effectiveness of these approaches. This group can gain a deeper understanding of the effectiveness of conservation enterprises by exploring a set of shared learning questions focused on the theory of change. Explore the Conservation Enterprise Learning Agenda .

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Report: The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation
Jun 28, 2018 · File

Report: The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation

USAID’s “The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation” uses…

Lessons from Conservation Enterprises in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Peten, Guatemala
Dec 12, 2017 · File

Lessons from Conservation Enterprises in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Peten, Guatemala

Twenty years after the start of conservation enterprise activities, the Petén biosphere reserve can boast of a near-zero deforestation rate. This brief report summarizes…

Building a Conservation Enterprise: Keys for Success
Nov 07, 2017 · File

Building a Conservation Enterprise: Keys for Success

"Building a Conservation Enterprise: Keys for Success” is a summary of the guidance from key resource documents on the enabling conditions that support a…

Lessons from 20 Years of Conservation Enterprise Support in The Maya Biosphere Reserve
Sep 14, 2017 · Video

Lessons from 20 Years of Conservation Enterprise Support in The Maya Biosphere Reserve

In this webinar from September 14th, 2017, Benjamin Hodgdon and Alejandro Santos from Rainforest Alliance and Ani Zamgochian from USAID/Guatemala talk about their experiences…

Webinar: Conservation Enterprise Impact Evaluation in Nepal
Aug 10, 2017 · Video

Webinar: Conservation Enterprise Impact Evaluation in Nepal

During this August 10th, 2017 Webinar, Karl Wurster from USAID/Nepal shared his plans for an impact evaluation looking at 10 years of implementation of…

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