Does external financing influence national commitments to biodiversity conservation?

This report, a product of CMP’s Collaborative Learning Initiative, highlights the collaboration between Duke University and the CMP to research the issue of how different models of protected area (PA) financial support influences the sustainability of investment in conservation.

Over the Spring 2020 semester, a student team (through a client-based course that involved Duke University undergraduate and masters-level students from the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy) conducted a literature review and expert interviews to develop a set of case studies that explore the role that different types of financial support play in either encouraging or discouraging a country’s investment in national PAs. 

Past research has focused extensively on funding mechanisms for conservation, but no research has previously been done on the influence of these external funding mechanisms on the scale and continuity of government commitments of funds for conservation. Our research entails both quantitative data collection and interviews with a variety of experts to gain a more complete understanding of the situation from an insider’s perspective. 

View this initiative’s webinar presentation here:

Author list: Autumn Burton, Ha Do, Vicky Jia, Katherine Lyons, Courtney McCorstin, Jwalin Patel, Hannah Royal, Mariana Vedoveto, Justin Zhao 

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