As part of the Future of Conservation NGOs umbrella project, we identified four broad themes that impact conservation effectiveness. These form our foundational themes – areas where we believe change is most needed. All of our current projects are exploring these themes.
There is a need to address and dismantle discriminatory structures, rebalance power, move away from colonial conservation approaches, and address the consequent disparities in the distribution of financial aid and resources.
Keywords: Shift Mindset | Decolonise | Rebalance
Sub-themes: Power Imbalance | Principles & Values | Education & Learning | Power & Funding | Mindset Shifts
The conservation sector must embrace a more inclusive approach to external collaborations, and engage with a diverse range of conservation players. The scale of the challenge – encompassing climate change, the ongoing sixth mass extinction of species, water scarcity, pollution, inequity, poverty and more – means that solutions require new and unexpected forms of cooperation among different actors.
Keywords: Diversify | Include | Integrate
Sub-themes: Partnerships & People | Interdisciplinarity & Interdependency
Nature conservation’s dominant Global North narratives need to be questioned, challenged and reframed. We need to bring together not just different narratives but, crucially, different and plural voices embedded in shared knowledge, values and visions.
Keywords: Challenge | Listen | Reframe
Sub-themes: Communication Methods & Tactics | Power & Communication | Changing Narratives
The conservation sector is constrained by both a traditional linear approach to solving problems and a short-term, project-based approach. This often leads NGOs to miss the big picture and struggle to obtain limited, short-term financing. With a multitude of interdependent and complex social, environmental and economic challenges, the conservation sector needs to reimagine and redesign its operational, financial and governance models.
Keywords: Simplify | Cooperate | Reimagine
Sub-themes: Funding Models & Partnerships | Operational & Governance Models