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Transforming Conservation: A Practical Guide to Evidence and Decision Making

Transforming Conservation is a new book that brings together 75 leading experts in different elements of good decision making in conservation. It guides the reader through the decision-making process, from how to identify stakeholders and frame the problem, to actually making the decision. It discusses how we can embed evidence into policy and practice, but equally how conservation practice can generate new evidence. It also guides the reader through two elements that underpin these processes and thus support effective conservation: (1) collating and assessing evidence and, crucially, (2) creating a culture of evidence use.

The Conservation Learning initiative: improving the impact of conservation strategies

Working in partnership with the MAVA Foundation and Foundations of Success, we are excitied to present the Conservation Learning Initiative. The conservation community needs smarter and more successful actions to improve the impact of its work. For example, it is not always clear how to create training programmes that improve performance in a lasting way,Continue reading “The Conservation Learning initiative: improving the impact of conservation strategies”

Conservation on a wing and a prayer, or following the evidence?

Last month, we published our 25th synopsis, a global synthesis of evidence for conservation actions for butterflies and moths. Featuring 587 studies testing the effectiveness of 152 possible actions, and reviewed by 20 experts from around the world, the synopsis summarises evidence for the impact of interventions ranging from managing farmland in ways which might benefit insects to restoring degraded habitats, and from restricting chemical and light pollution to using translocations…

Plenty more fish in the… CE synopsis on Marine Fish Conservation!

The Marine Fish Synopsis aims to help researchers, fisheries managers and stakeholders address this exact need. This newly updated version of the synopsis (with additional actions) focusses on one of the main threats, overfishing – the harvesting of too many fish from the sea for populations to sustain themselves – and synthesizes the global evidence for effects of interventions to conserve fish numbers, or reverse the effects of sometimes decades of fish population decline.

“Show me the money!”: Poor reporting of costs of conservation interventions hampers ability to prioritize funds for nature.

We reviewed 1,987 papers and found that only 8.8% of papers reported the total cost of the intervention being tested (White et al 2022). When papers did report costs, the reporting was often unstandardized and missing important information… This makes it difficult for conservationists to use this information, as it is difficult to know whether or not the costs are relevant to your circumstance.

New non-English language studies database: increasing the availability of conservation evidence

We are delighted to announce that we have now launched our non-English language database of studies testing conservation actions on our website. This forms part of our freely available Conservation Evidence resource of systematically-gathered evidence designed to help support conservation management or policy decisions…

The Conservation Evidence project — a truly collaborative and international effort

The Conservation Evidence database was created to provide an easily accessible, free, authoritative information resource to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global biodiversity. So far, we have worked with over eleven hundred named collaborators from across the globe, to create the database and to help facilitate a change to more evidence-based practice…

Helping practitioners to make and document conservation decisions: the Evidence-to-Decision tool

When undertaking actions to restore habitats or conserve wildlife, we often have to make difficult decisions. Which actions are best to benefit bird species or pollinators? How effective will these actions be? Are they feasible to implement, and acceptable to other stakeholders? To make decisions, conservationists have to use and combine various sources of information […] and ensure that limited funds are used to maximum effect. […] Here I outline a new decision support tool developed jointly between conservation researchers and practitioners that helps to document the evidence and thinking behind decisions.

The biodiversity of marine artificial structures

In this new synopsis of evidence for the Conservation Evidence project, we have summarised the global evidence for the effects of actions that can be taken to enhance the biodiversity of marine artificial structures. We tried to include all the actions that could be taken – whether evidence of their effects existed or not. The actions are split into those that can be carried out on intertidal structures and those that can be carried out on subtidal structures…