The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) is assessing how they can improve the implementation of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in conservation programming. With funding from the Moore Foundation, CMP hired Lacy Consulting Services, a research consultant, to interview organizations around the world to determine how they are undertaking this critical and impressive work.
These interviews were an initial step to better understand how JEDI is being implemented in conservation programming by practitioners. We used their experiences to develop a set of guiding questions for practitioners to consider in implementing the steps of the Conservation Standards. This document is meant to be easy to use and accessible to all practitioners. This initial effort by CMP is also intended to provide input into future efforts to gather information and develop guidance.
The results of this project were intended to highlight how JEDI can be integrated into conservation programming to help practitioners work with diverse communities. Integration of JEDI is seen as a critical need for improving the wellbeing of people, ensuring diverse voices are present during decision-making, and laying the foundation for conservation efforts to be sustainable into the future. However, organizations find it difficult to integrate JEDI when the organization is not applying these values internally. Time needs to be spent building internal capacity and knowledge in an effort to enter this space with an open mind and willingness to learn.
All final products of this CMP Collaborative Learning Initiative can be found on the CMP workspace.