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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. The map can also be viewed on the About page of this website.

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

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June 3, 2022

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The Dassenberg climate corridor containing highly-threatened and poorly-conserved lowland and coastal habitats ; photo credit Sheila Henning, CapeNatureCase studies
October 14, 2021

CapeNature Case Study in Protected Area Management

Photo Credit: Sheila Henning, CapeNature Institutionalising the Conservation Standards in a Parastatal South Africa Case Study Protected Area Management: Institutionalising the Conservation Standards in a Parastatal South Africa HASHTAG #Managinguncertaintycertainly…
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March 15, 2021

Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape

Photo Credit: USAID Protect Wildlife Integrated Conservation Planning and Implementation in the Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape Protecting Ecosystem Goods and Services (Honorable Mention 2020 Case Study Competition) Protecting Ecosystem Goods…
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: a Study of Successful Use in Laos

Photo credit: Leigh Vial Lessons from Laos A theory of change that direct incentives to villages and others can reduce the threat of wildlife hunting and increase the populations of…
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March 11, 2017

Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands

In April 2016, a two day workshop to introduce the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation to the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI) was run…

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