Where can I find the results of the project?
Please see the Resources page for journal publications related to this work, and our News & Media section for updates and blogs.
How can I participate?
The survey is now closed. Please contact us if you would like more information
What is the goal of the project?
Solicit input, via an online survey, from as many people as possible who have experience in community-based conservation to generate insights on major risks and opportunities anticipated for community-based conservation within the next 15 years.
What is a horizon scan?
The purpose of horizon scans is to anticipate risk and opportunities so as to adapt proactively and shape policy and practice. Horizon scans start with a survey that is distributed among a diverse set of stakeholders. Stakeholders contribute ideas that are gathered by a smaller group of experts. This working group is tasked with finding the most pertinent ideas among all those submitted. Consensus is built through iterative rounds of vetting and grouping ideas and anonymously ranking them. Average ranks for each idea are then shared back with the group before the next round of vetting, grouping and ranking begins. After 3-4 rounds, anonymity is abandoned in favour of open discussions to determine final priorities and then share these with policy-makers and stakeholders at large.
What is community-based conservation?
There is no standard definition, but community conservation generally tries to yield win-win scenarios that benefit both nature and people. It is about creating linkages between the conservation of endangered species and improved livelihoods for surrounding human communities. There is considerable overlap with community-based natural resource management and the concepts are often used interchangeably. The main difference being that community-based conservation is more narrowly focused on imperilled wildlife. Both concepts recognise the inter-relationship between social, economic and ecological needs. Ultimate success is finding that sweet spot where all needs are sustainably addressed. If you take our survey, you will have a chance to indicate which aspects of community-conservation you consider most important.
Was the survey anonymous?
Yes, the survey was completely anonymous, although once finished, it was possible to voluntarily provide a name or alias in order to be acknowledged and/or an email to be notified with the publications resulting from this project. In any case, the name and/or email were never linked to the responses provided in the survey.
Can I get a copy of the survey?
The survey is now closed, please contact us.