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Case Studies

Real-world examples bring to life the true value of the Conservation Standards for conservation planning, management, and monitoring. Here we share case studies of teams applying the Conservation Standards and how it has made a difference for their conservation work.  We also share examples of organizations that have adopted or internalized the Conservation Standards and how they have adapted them for their own use. Projects (not reviewed) from around the world are featured in an interactive map.

Case Studies are vetted by a Review Committee composed of CMP and CCNet representatives. As examples span more than a decade, there is currently have a backlog of materials for formal vetting. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.

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March 15, 2021

Demonstrating Integrated Conservation Planning and Implementation for Habitat Management and Wildlife Protection in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape

Photo Credit: USAID Protect Wildlife Demonstrating Integrated Conservation Planning and Implementation for Habitat Management and Wildlife Protection in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape Protecting Ecosystem Goods and Services (Honorable Mention 2020…
Khoridol Saridag Strictly Protected Area, MongoliaCase studiesNews
March 1, 2021

Protected Area Planning Guidance for Mongolia

Photo credit: Gantulga B. WWF Mongolia Protected Area Planning Guidance for Mongolia Mongolia Launches Protected Area Planning Guidance Mongolia adopts use of the Conservation Standards for planning and management of…
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March 15, 2018

Theory of change: study of successful use in Laos

A theory of change that direct incentives to villages and others can reduce the threat of wildlife hunting and increase the populations of wildlife was tested over four years in…
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September 10, 2017

Spinifex Healthy Country Plan Review

In the southeastern corner of Western Australia, the Spinifex Rangers have reviewed their progress and overall plan for the third time, adjusting of the objectives, indicators, and activities contained in…

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