The ultimate goal of all our community conservation programs is to achieve social, economic and ecological resilience and self-sufficiency, so the initiatives can function independently, without reliance on external finances or expertise.
Through our work we seek to ensure equity in the sharing of costs, benefits, responsibilities, recognition, and decision-making. Our community-based conservation efforts aim to protect the vulnerable and ensure no one is excluded from conservation-derived opportunities. Therefore, we take a socially-inclusive, gender-responsive approach to foster cultural diversity and inclusivity for all groups.
We believe natural resources should be owned and managed by local communities.
We build long-term relationships with local and international stakeholders, working collaboratively to share knowledge, methods and tools.
We create meaningful opportunities leading to definitive improvements for both people and nature as a whole.
We engage in long-term monitoring and adaptive management with measurable outcomes that can be carefully evaluated.
Community conservation initiatives
The Wilder Institute is currently involved in four Community Conservation initiatives in Africa. We are also involved in two projects to learn more about effective community conservation strategies. Learn more below.
The Wilder Institute provides knowledge for measuring species status, identifying threats and designing actions to remove these threats. We also carefully evaluate livelihood outcomes. Our team works collaboratively with many conservation partners around the world. We advance conservation science by sharing the research and tools we have developed with other practitioners.