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 Using the Conservation Standards

Check out our Resources Library for guidance, tools, case studies, and other resources to support the implementation of the Conservation Standards.

The Conservation Measure Partnership, Conservation Coaches Network, Miradi, and Miradi Share websites also have a variety of resources and information related to the Conservation Standards.

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Version 4.0 of the Conservation Standards (Released February 2020) is currently available in the following languages:

Version 3.0 of the Conservation Standards (Released April 2013) is currently available in the following languages:

Version 2.0 of the Conservation Standards (2007) is available in the following languages:

For feedback on the Conservation Standards or to explore translation possibilities, please e-mail

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The Conservation Standards is the product of inputs, field tests, and discussions among members of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which has final editorial authority over the Conservation Standards. Substantial input was also provided by members of the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and other CMP partners.

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Resource Library

A library of vetted resources designed to help teams understand and effectively use the Conservation Standards. Includes guides, case studies, journal articles, and more.

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The biodiversity conservation community is tackling large, complex, and urgent environmental problems where the stakes are high. However, we don’t have a fully functional system to assess the effectiveness of our actions. Without more rigorous measurement of effectiveness and disciplined recording of our efforts, we cannot know or demonstrate that we are achieving desired results.

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Every organization, agency, project, and individual has its own preferred set of terms. There is no right answer – the most important thing is that the members of your project team and the people with whom you work have a clear and common understanding of whatever terms you choose to use.

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