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Conservation enterprises approaches are defined by a development hypothesis (theory of change) that if income is increased through conservation enterprises, then participants will discontinue environmentally unsustainable activities, leading to reductions to threats to the environment.

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: The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: a 20 year retrospective evaluation
Sep 06, 2018 · Video

Webinar: The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: a 20 year retrospective evaluation

This webinar is intended for international development staff with an interest in agricultural livelihood development, small enterprise development, or conservation enterprises. Speakers included Dilys Roe (IIED), the author of a 2015 systematic review finding a lack of evidence for enterprise…

Using the Conservation Enterprise Theory of Change Beyond Program Design
Dec 14, 2017 · Video

Using the Conservation Enterprise Theory of Change Beyond Program Design

In this webinar, Shawn Peabody (Measuring Impact) presents an approach to integrating monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems for conservation enterprises activities. Shawn illustrates this process with a teaching example from sea cucumber farming in Madagascar and shows how the generalize…

LESSONS FROM CONSERVATION ENTERPRISES IN THE MAYA BIOSPHERE RESERVE OF PETEN, GUATEMALA
Dec 12, 2017 · News Item

LESSONS FROM CONSERVATION ENTERPRISES IN THE MAYA BIOSPHERE RESERVE OF PETEN, GUATEMALA

by Shawn Peabody — Dec 13, 2017 06:25 PM

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 available information on the reserve to draw out important lessons for those hoping to replicate this.

 
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