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Case Study Competitions


Every two years, the Conservation Measure Partnership and the Conservation Coaches Network run a case study competition. The competition highlights experiences and lessons in developing, implementing, and adapting conservation projects across the globe.

  • Are you managing a conservation project?
  • Are you willing to share your lessons learned with your peers around the world?
  • Do you want to win fabulous prizes and have everlasting fame and glory?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should enter the CMP – CCNet Global Adaptive Management Case Study Competition! Click here for detailed instructions.

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2020 Winners


We had an amazing group of entries for our 3rd Global Case Study Competition and are very excited to announce the winners! What a fabulous way to learn about conservation projects around the world and their use of the Conservation Standards.

View the winning entries below!

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1st Place:

Partnership Adoption of the Conservation Standards

We are extremely pleased to announce the first-place winner of the conservation case study competition! Congratulations to Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and International Crane Foundation (ICF) on their entry: Partnership Adoption of the Conservation Standards.

This entry expertly highlighted their use of the Conservation Standards and the judges felt that they demonstrated compelling lessons learned. Additionally, the case study was overall very well-written and gives recommendations for future conservation projects. Congratulations EWT and ICF!

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2nd Place:

Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES)

And for second place…a job well done TRAFFIC for your entry: Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES). This case study called attention to the very important topic of wildlife trafficking in aviation supply chains.

The ROUTES entry was well-presented, provided a clear background on the issues, and showed how adaptive management can be applied to create positive change. In all, the TRAFFIC submission did a great job of articulating their theory of change and lessons learned throughout their project.

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3rd Place (TIE):

Think to Learn, Learn to Know, Know to Adapt, Adapt to Win 

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Conservation and Adaptive Management Strategies for Chile’s National System of Protected Areas (SNASPE)

With all of the amazing submissions this year, we want to recognize the Chilean National Forest Corporation (CONAF) for their submissions, as both of their entries tied for third place!

One of their entries highlighted the Chilean Wine Palm titled: Think to learn, learn to know, know to adapt, adapt to win.

This case study showed the importance of this unique and important endemic palm species, and garnered a lot of enthusiasm in our crowd- source voting. CONAF showed their accomplishments of the project and use of the Conservation Standards, but was also the only group that emphasized their challenges and failures along the way, as well as the opportunities that arose from them. Great job CONAF!

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Congratulations to CONAF’s other entry: Conservation and Adaptive Management Strategies for Chile’s National System of Protected Areas (SNASPE).

This case study showed a creative utilization of the Conservation Standards and clearly showed their theory of change and use of adaptive management. Overall, this entry was presented well and showed the implementation of successful management strategies at a large scale. ¡Felicitaciones!

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Honorable Mention:

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

We would also like to give a shoutout to our honorable mention for the competition. Congratulations DAI and USAID for your case study submission based in the Philippines: Demonstrating Integrated Conservation Planning and Implementation for Habitat Management and Wildlife Protection in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape.

This entry had impressive results and showed great use of the Conservation Standards in their supplemental materials. Ultimately, the judges were hoping that the theory of change was presented more concisely in the actual entry for the competition. An amazing effort however, and an important conservation project to share.

Previous Winners


Follow the links below to learn about case study winners. Or visit our Resources Library and search for case studies to read about more experiences and view products developed by teams using the Conservation Standards.

2018 Winners

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1st Place:

The Road Traveled in Chile:  Lessons and Challenges in Strengthening Adaptive Management in a National System of Protected Areas

Drawn from a lively field of entries, the inspiring Road Traveled in Chile won handsomely showing good implementation of the Open Standards at multiple scales and providing an excellent overview of the issues involved in making OS the core planning process.

It also demonstrated a successful change in organizational culture, with the competition ‘crowd-sourced voting’ being swamped by happy Chilean staff and colleagues.

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2nd Place:

Proyecto Titi: Using an Adaptive Management Approach to Expand Efforts to Save Cotton-top Tamarins in Northwest Colombia

This project seized an opportunity presented by a newfound peace in Colombia to expand its work to new locations, using the OS to efficiently adapt planning and apply lessons learned from their earlier project work.

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3rd Place:

Bush Heritage Australia: with their solid use of the OS in communicating the planning, management and monitoring of Yourka Reserve – A Unique Tropical Savanna Ecosystem was awarded third place.

Judges saw this as a good example of full cycle adaptive management – adapting targets, goals, threats and objectives over time as more knowledge became available, and also for the compelling use of dashboards to show progress on key threats and targets.

Honorable Mentions

Two other projects gained an Honorable Mention.

An impressive effort from Bat Conservation International: From Great Conversation to Great Conservation demonstrates that the OS can be deployed across an organization with sufficient management will and funding, and was a great example of learning by doing throughout the training process. However, the case study was focused on very early steps in the process of OS implementation and was thus unable to address specific actions taken.

Whilst still in its early days, the very promising USAID Learning Group Explores the Effectiveness of Enterprises as a Conservation Strategy demonstrated a highly scaleable approach.  Following a deep initial investment in developing a generic Theory of Change and extensive evidence gathering, USAID has created a robust framework for systematic learning.  As a conservation enterprise strategy lies at the core of many bilateral and multilateral conservation and community development investments, getting this right has potential to underpin effective conservation.

2016 Winners

Participatory village land use planning. Future forest reserves are marked with leaves.

1st Place:

Chimpanzee habitat in Tanzania by the Jane Goodall Institute.
Drawn from a lively field of entries, the inspiring Road Traveled in Chile won handsomely showing good implementation of the Open Standards at multiple scales and providing an excellent overview of the issues involved in making OS the core planning process.

It also demonstrated a successful change in organizational culture, with the competition ‘crowd-sourced voting’ being swamped by happy Chilean staff and colleagues.

Photo Credit: Craig Allen

2nd Place:

Full cycle adaptive management in Australia’s arid rangelands by Bush Heritage Australia

This project seized an opportunity presented by a newfound peace in Colombia to expand its work to new locations, using the OS to efficiently adapt planning and apply lessons learned from their earlier project work.

3rd Place:

25 years of adaptive management in the Cascade Head Preserve and Salmon River Watershed, Oregon USA by the Nature Conservancy.

Judges saw this as a good example of full cycle adaptive management
– adapting targets, goals, threats and objectives over time as more
knowledge became available, and also for the compelling use of
dashboards to show progress on key threats and targets.

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