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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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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.

New Resource: Conservation Enterprise Keys for Success
Nov 08, 2017 · News Item

New Resource: Conservation Enterprise Keys for Success

by Ryan Thompson — Nov 08, 2017 10:03 AM

"Building a Conservation Enterprise: Keys for Success” is a summary of the guidance from key resource documents on the enabling conditions that support a sustainable enterprise. It includes important insights grounded in the literature that can be applied directly to…

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 with conservation enterprises in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Active community forestry concessions in the Maya Biosphere…

 
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