Conservation Measures Partnership Retreat 2019

Story shared by Caroline Stem, Foundations of Success and CMP   In mid-May, 42 representatives from organizations, donors, and government agencies gathered in Shenandoah National Park for three intense days together during the Conservation Measures Partnership’s biennial retreat. The retreat was a fantastic opportunity to bring CMP members together to…

Involving Coaches in USAID’s Measuring Impact II Project

Story from Marcia Brown and Vinaya Swaminathan, Foundations of Success  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invests more than $250 million each year to conserve biodiversity around the world. Since 2012, partner organizations Foundations of Success, Environmental Incentives, and ICF International have worked with USAID’s Forestry and Biodiversity Office to use…

New Community of Practice: Indigenous Open Standards Projects

Story from Frank Weisenberger, Frank Weisenberger Consulting   Some of the world’s most biodiverse areas are held and managed by Indigenous peoples and traditional communities. With a close relationship to their natural environments, Indigenous peoples have developed unique knowledge and effective management practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation and to the sustainable natural resource use. Being so closely connected to…

New Conservation Coaches Trained in Europe and 4th European Coaches Rally!

Story from Xavi Escuté, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera / CCNet Europe co-leader  During the first week of April 2019, in beautiful Vålådalen, Sweden, CCNet Europe and The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency hosted the third New Coach Training in Europe. Coaches John Morrison (CCNet Global/WWF US), Xavier Escuté (Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera), and Jenny Hertzman (Blenkinge Country Administrative Board) trained…

MAVA Foundation “Going Full Cycle” with the Open Standards

Story by Vladimir Milushev, Nico Boenisch (FOS Europe) and Julien Sémelin (MAVA Foundation)  MAVA, one of Europe’s largest private foundations, is entering its last grant-making phase before it closes in 2022. With that in mind, MAVA has taken a conscious decision to invest in conservation programs that are organised as functioning partnerships practicing adaptive management. MAVA’s current portfolio is built…

Planning for Freshwater Protection in the Southeastern United States

Story by Sara Gottlieb, Director of Freshwater Science and Strategy, The Nature Conservancy and CCNet North America Franchise Co-Leader   Protecting land and water is one of The Nature Conservancy’s priorities in North America. The goal is to sustain North America’s biodiversity by conserving a network of resilient sites and connecting corridors that allow species to…

NaturePlan Open Standards Workshops

Story from Andrew Bridges, Nature Plan  This past March, NaturePlan’s Quinn Shurtliff and Andrew Bridges led a one-day introductory Open Standards short course at the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The workshop’s 38 participants included biologists, contractors, and resource managers from around the world. Breaking into four…