CONSERVATION EFFECTIVENESS: Groundbreaking Strategic Analysis

One of the foremost challenges in global biodiversity conservation efforts is understanding the effectiveness of different strategies for achieving conservation outcomes. While there are many methods for evaluating conservation impacts, these are often unsatisfactory and lack a sufficient depth of analysis, longitudinal timescale, or comparative basis for understanding relative performance. Our Conservation Effectiveness initiative will explore and question the many approaches, tactics and methodologies that underpin modern conservation.

Mongabay has developed a novel approach to improve understanding of conservation impact: using an investigative, data-driven journalistic approach to better evaluate the relative performance of conservation interventions and mechanisms. Our review will include terrestrial and marine protected areas; certification systems; indigenous reserves; and payment for ecosystem or environmental services, among others.