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Innovation within CMP happens through our initiatives, guided by the dedication, expertise, and collective wisdom of our members. Explore below to learn about these initiatives and browse member videos and presentations from working sessions and retreats.
This overall initiative aims to distill existing knowledge and develop guiding principles around key topics by harnessing the collective knowledge and expertise of the conservation community. Current initiatives can be found on the CMP workspace.
The Conservation Audit Tool is used to analyze strengths and weaknesses in conservation programs against the Conservation Standards and define what changes are needed to adapt management for better outcomes.
The Conservation Effectiveness group aims to investigate what evidence exists to verify that increased adoption of “good” conservation practice leads to more successful conservation projects.
The focus of this initiative is on what equity might look like in the CS community. 2 major pathways – 1) Guidance, CS, bringing equity into technical conversations; 2) Ensuring more equity in CMP representation.
This initiative helps address a need to better reflect human wellbeing concerns within the CS. Over the years, the committee has developed protocols, guidance, and examples for showing how conservation contributes to / affects human wellbeing in a CS framework.
The Nature-based Solutions learning initiative aims to understand the value of a Nature-based Solutions approach for achieving cost effective benefits for biodiversity, climate, and society.
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Retreats and Technical Meetings
Meeting Notes and Materials
2023 (October): Capon Springs & Farms (West Virginia)
2019 (May): Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
2017 (January): Yulee, FL (White Oak Conservation Center)
2014 (October): Washington, DC (WWF US)
2010 and 2011: Measures Summits
2014 Bright Spots Presentations
Managing the Business of Conservation Annette Stewart (Bush Heritage Australia) Abstract: This Speed Presentation will outline how Bush Heritage Australia has achieved a step-change in efficiency and effectiveness, by using Miradi and Miradi Share to manage implementation of projects planned and adapted using the Open Standards. The Open Standards does a lot to make conservation practitioners more effective – guiding them in choosing the right targets, involving stakeholders, planning projects, and monitoring outcomes
2014 Government Showcase
USAID’s Growing Use of the Open Standards Cynthia Gill (USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity) Abstract: USAID has drawn heavily on the Open Standards and is applying key principles of them in program design and implementation. USAID is intensively applying the approach to a number of significant biodiversity portfolios in the field. At the same time, the Agency is looking at how to apply the approach more broadly to other development sectors and how to scale up in conservation.
2014 Initiatives Sessions
Introducing the Mira App: Quick, Take a Picture! Laura Geiger, Lydia Gaskell (WWF) Abstract: Every conservationist has experienced this: the sudden discovery of something in the middle of nowhere. That discovery, that knowledge is part of a bigger picture that could make or break a conservation plan. The Mira App, which follows the mapping scheme of the Open Standards and the Miradi software, wants to help field workers – from advanced techies to newbies – efficiently record and monitor the threats, risks, and successes in an ecosystem for a more evidenced-based conservation planning
Over the past few years, there have been advances in measuring the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation projects, programs, and organizations. There is still, however, a major gap between the rhetoric of organizations, including funders, around the desirability of measuring conservation effectiveness, versus the reality of actually adopting and implementing specific and transparent systems that allow us to improve our collective work.
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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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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