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Using the Conservation Standards

Check out our Resources Library for guidance, tools, case studies, and other resources to support the implementation of the Conservation Standards.

The Conservation Measure Partnership, Conservation Coaches Network, Miradi, and Miradi Share websites also have a variety of resources and information related to the Conservation Standards.

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Version 4.0 of the Conservation Standards (Released February 2020) is currently available in the following languages:

Version 3.0 of the Conservation Standards (Released April 2013) is currently available in the following languages:

Version 2.0 of the Conservation Standards (2007) is available in the following languages:

For feedback on the Conservation Standards or to explore translation possibilities, please e-mail

Support CMP

CMP is a partnership of conservation-oriented NGOs, government agencies, and funders that works collectively to achieve greater impact. We seek better ways to design, manage, and measure the impacts of our conservation actions so that we can learn and improve our efforts and contribute our learning to the broader evidence base.

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The Conservation Standards is the product of inputs, field tests, and discussions among members of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which has final editorial authority over the Conservation Standards. Substantial input was also provided by members of the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and other CMP partners.

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Our Collaborators

Every organization, agency, project, and individual has its own preferred set of terms. There is no right answer – the most important thing is that the members of your project team and the people with whom you work have a clear and common understanding of whatever terms you choose to use.

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Resource Library

A library of vetted resources designed to help teams understand and effectively use the Conservation Standards. Includes guides, case studies, journal articles, and more.

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To inquire about supporting The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) or for general inquiries, please contact us at

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