The future of conservation NGOs - applications for the innovation challenge are open!

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22 April 2022

Do you have an innovative idea that could transform conservation work?

The Luc Hoffmann Institute, along with our partners the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy  (IUCN CEESP) and Impact Hub are excited to announce that applications for The Future of Conservation NGOs innovation challenge are now open.

The conservation NGOs are in the midst of rapid change, facing a complex, and progressively demanding environment in which they operate. The pace of change is driven both by external and internal pressures. Structural and systemic issues are at play within the sector, which are impacting conservation effectiveness. To remain relevant, legitimate and effectively deal with the present global ecological crisis, conservation NGOs need to change radically and faster.

The institute is inviting ideas to explore possible futures of conservation NGOs and their new roles in effectively approaching and managing nature conservation. 

The challenge is seeking solutions that proactively address the deep-rooted issues facing conservation NGOs. This might be by addressing legacies of discrimination, equalising voices and resources, dismantling existing power structures, reframing narratives or challenging the approaches that perpetuate existing social and economic inequalities.

Anyone, from any sector, experience or background, with a vision for the future of conservation can apply. These ideas might include new business model innovations, partnerships, networks, structures and/or tools and tactics. 

Concepts at all stages of development, from ideation through to prototyping or beginning to scale, are welcome.

Participants will have the chance to win €5,000, a place in a tailored incubation and co-learning programme and access to a community of conservation practitioners, fellow change-makers and potential investors.

For further details visit the Innovation Challenge Portal

Thank you for your interest in The Future of Conservation NGOs Innovation Challenge. Applications are no longer being accepted, and the challenge is now closed. The application period ran from 21st April – 22nd May 2022.

The review panel is currently evaluating all the applications. We will be in touch with all applicants by the end of June 2022 to let them know whether or not their ideas were successful. Successful applicants will win €5,000, a place in a tailored incubation and co-learning programme with either the Luc Hoffmann Institute, IUCN CEESP or Impact Hub, and access to a community of conservation practitioners, fellow change-makers, and potential investors.

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