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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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Webinar:  Exploring the Effectiveness of Conservation Enterprises
Jan 27, 2016 · News Item

Webinar: Exploring the Effectiveness of Conservation Enterprises

by Portal Web Editor — Sep 05, 2019 11:44 PM

This June 21, 2016 event explored the effectiveness of Conservation Enterprises and kicked off the Conservation Enterprise Learning Group.

Learning our Lessons: A Review of Alternative Livelihood Projects in Central Africa
Jan 13, 2016 · File

Learning our Lessons: A Review of Alternative Livelihood Projects in Central Africa

The study found that a range of different livelihood alternatives (for both protein and income) is currently being offered. A high proportion of projects…

Evaluating Linkages Between Business, the Environment, and Local Communities Final Analytical Results from the Biodiversity Conservation Network
Jan 13, 2016 · File

Evaluating Linkages Between Business, the Environment, and Local Communities Final Analytical Results from the Biodiversity Conservation Network

This paper presents the core analysis of linkages between business environment and the local communities. It indicates that: A) An enterprise strategy can lead…

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