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January 27, 2023

Highly Interactive Course on Using the Conservation Standards for Conservation Planning (March 2023)

The Center for Wildlife Studies will be offering a course on how to use the Conservation Standards to write highly effective conservation plans. Please note that the early bird discount…
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July 11, 2022

Adaptive Management Training Course: Blue Mountains Case Study (September 2022)

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and the Protected Areas Collaboration for Learning & Research are offering a course on how to use adaptive management by applying the Conservation Standards.…
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August 18, 2021

Planning and Managing Effective Conservation Projects: An Introduction to the Conservation Standards Course (October 2021)

Planning and Managing Effective Conservation Projects: An Introduction to the Conservation Standards 4 - 8 October 2021 - 08:00 to 12:00 (GMT+1)  Learn how to plan and manage effective conservation…
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August 18, 2021

Enrollments now open for Applying the Conservation Standards course (September 2021)

COURSE DETAILS Dates: Monday 6th September - Friday 17th September Format: Part time. 10 x half days over 2 weeks Times: 1-4pm AEST, Monday - Friday Format: Fully online via…
August 4, 2021

Official publication of Standardized classification of threats to biodiversity

This first official version of the Standardized Classification of Threats to Biodiversity, developed by more than 25 partners from 8 different organizations (governmental and non-governmental) from Quebec, Canada and beyond,…
July 6, 2021

New publication on strategic partnerships

Together with Foundations of Success and all of our partners, the MAVA Foundation has developed a unique approach to building strategic partnerships, anchored in the Conservation Standards entitled "Strategic Partnerships,…
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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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February 18, 2021

Conservation Essentials: Vital Skills for Implementing and Managing Conservation Projects (May 2021)

Conservation Essentials is the first in a series of courses providing training on the later steps of the Conservation Standards. Focused on Step 3, this course targets conservation practitioners and graduate students with prior…
August 24, 2020

Vote for the 2020 Case Studies – Learn from Your Colleagues!

VOTE HERE We had a very strong group of entries for the 2020 Conservation Case Study Competition! Our panel of judges have narrowed the case studies down to the top 5…
July 13, 2020

Conservation Standards 4.0 Now in Portuguese!

The Conservation Measures Partnership is excited to announce that Version 4.0 of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation is now available in Portuguese, marking the first translation of…
March 24, 2020

2020 Conservation Case Study Competition

Earn a travel award while helping others learn from your conservation work! This competition seeks to promote cross-organizational, cross-project, and cross-coach/practitioner learning about good conservation practices.Submit your entry! Follow these instructions to submit your…
February 27, 2020

Version 4.0 of the Conservation Standards Is Here!

Conservation Measures Partnership is pleased to release version 4.0 of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation! This version of the Conservation Standards (our new shorthand name) is the culmination of…
January 9, 2019

Korean translation of CS v3.0 now available

The Open Standards have now been translated into 9 languages!  The latest translation for Korea was released today Many thanks to the hard work of the contributors: Jeong Eun (Anya)…
December 14, 2018

Conservation audit tool ready for use

This Conservation audit tool is designed to assess and evaluate conservation programs against industry standard best design to help the audited project adopt better adaptive management. Developed and refined for…
May 9, 2018

2018 Case Study Competition Winners!

The inspiring Road Traveled in Chile:Lessons and Challenges in Strengthening Adaptive Management in a National System of Protected Areas won the 2018 Case Study Competition handsomely.
May 8, 2018

Conservation Standards 3.0 now available in Russian

Thanks to Stella Mercurio for the translation and Tohir Pallaev for the final design, the Conservation Standards 3.0 in Russian is now available.  This is the sixth language for the…
April 22, 2018

Forum to share learning of CS in Laos

Delegates from government, NGOs, funding bodies and private firms shared their learning about implementing the Opens Standards in six different protected areas in Laos, April 2018. Organized by the five…
April 10, 2018

Vote for 2018 Case Studies! Learn from Your Colleagues!

Voting form here We had some great submissions to the 2018 Open Standards Case Study Competition! Our judges have narrowed down 5 cases that best meet the outlined criteria. Now,…
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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…
March 6, 2018

Powerful study results

For folks looking to make big differences in their organizations and the planet, Annette Stewart's Fulbright scholarship results are required reading. In Annette's Toolkit, she lays out how the Open…
February 3, 2018

Version 3 of the Conservation Standards now in Spanish

Thanks go to Armando Valdés-Velásquez and Arianna Basto-Eyzaguirre for translating the Version 3 update of the Open Standards to Spanish. Thanks also to CMP for funding this work. This translation…
January 15, 2018

2018 Global Adaptive Management Case Study Competition

Help others learn from your conservation work and improve their conservation efforts! And earn a travel award while you are at it! This competition seeks to collect and share cases studies…
August 24, 2017

Conservation Standards v3.0 now translated into French

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Lauriane Besse Streit - and no doubt many late nights - the Open Standards (v3.0) has now been translated into French. This follows the…
July 30, 2017

Conservation Standards now translated into Portuguese

With help from the Conservation Measures Partnership, Gustavo Gatti has translated the Open Standards (v3.0, 2103) into Portuguese. This has been an arduous labor of love, but the result is…
July 18, 2017

Biodiversity Managers’ Network Forum – Melbourne, Australia – 4th May 2017

The Victorian Biodiversity Managers’ Network in Australia held a forum based around the Open Standards in May 2017 to expose people in the biodiversity management industry to the utility of…
March 17, 2017

New Excel online workbook used to develop freshwater CAP for Nevada

TNC’s Nevada staff used a new Excel Online CAP Workbook developed by veteran coach Greg Low to develop a statewide Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for Nevada’s freshwater ecosystems (see here…
January 16, 2017

Winners of 2016 Conservation Standards Case Study Competition

Ten excellent entries were received and narrowed down by the judges to five case studies, which were then voted on via crowd sourcing. Congratulations go to case study competition winner,…
November 30, 2016

Vote for Case Studies! Learn from Your Colleagues!

Our judges have narrowed down 5 cases that best meet the criteria outlined in the Open Standards Case Study Competition. Now, we need your help to select the top 3. This…
October 8, 2016

New USAID Biodiversity Programming How-To Guides

The USAID E3/Forestry and Biodiversity Office has released three USAID Biodiversity Programming How-To Guides: 1) Developing Situation Models; 2) Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change; and 3) Defining Outcomes and…
September 7, 2016

CMP-CCNet Case Study Competition

The Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) are jointly launching a competition for Adaptive Management Case Studies: Are you managing a conservation project? Are you willing to…
August 17, 2016

Australian CCNET Muster

Adelaide Zoo was the fitting venue for 25 Australian conservation practitioners who met early August to better suit the Open Standards to Natural Resource Management (NRM) planning, share innovations and…
August 17, 2016

Miradi features on DEVEX

US-based international development forum DEVEX has featured an article in their "data-driven" series on "5 things to know before diving into data-driven decision-making" saying: Get started now and keep it…
August 9, 2016

Version 2.0 of Threats and Actions Classification Available

CMP members have officially approved an updated version of its Threats and Actions Classifications! Published in 2008 in Conservation Biology, the IUCN-CMP Threat and Action Classifications (Version 1.0) have been…
July 26, 2016

CMP-CCNet Case Study Competition – Deadline Extended to 15 Sept!

The Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) are jointly launching a competition for Adaptive Management Case Studies: Are you managing a conservation project? Are you willing to…
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July 18, 2016

Australia – Healthy Country Planning / Conservation Standards Training – October 2016

Registrations have been extended until 26 August for a five-day Healthy Country Planning Open Standards Workshop in the stunning Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory from October 31 to…
July 14, 2016

Human Wellbeing Guidance Version 2.0 Available!

Members of CMP's Human Wellbeing Working Group are pleased to share an update version of CMP's human wellbeing guidance! This update is based on 3.5 years of applying the concepts…
June 23, 2016

Mongolian translation of the Conservation Standards now available.

For a Protected Area training in the Open Standards held in in Mongolia in 2015, a Mongolian guidance version of the Open Standards (v2.0) was developed. This guidance has been…
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April 16, 2016

WildTeam’s new manual for project management

WildTeam, a not for profit with the aim of protecting the rapidly disappearing natural assets of Bangladesh, have created an OS inspired approach called Project Management for Wildlife Conservation. This…
April 16, 2016

Mongolia adopts the Conservation Standards for its protected areas

After a long gestation, the Mongolian Department of Protected Areas Management has adopted the Open Standards to manage their network of protected areas that covers more than 30% of the…
April 2, 2016

CS v 2.0 now available in Ukrainian

Many thanks to Yaroslav Dovhanych from the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (Ukraine) for this translation. In 2010 the Open Standards methodology and software Miradi was used in a joint project with…
December 1, 2015

CS v 3.0 now available in Indonesian

Thanks to the hard work of a few Indonesian colleagues, Version 3.0 of the Open Standards is now available in Indonesian (Bahasa).  We are grateful to Juliana Tomasouw, Arisetiarso Soemodinoto, Anisa Budiayu, Rizya…
May 13, 2015

Beta Versions of the IUCN-CMP Threats and Actions Classifications Available!

Members of a cross-institutional working group have drafted a “beta” 2.0 version of the threats and actions classification system.  Check them out here and provide comments and feedback through August 31, 2015!…

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