The Ethical Conservation Alliance creates toolkits and resources and delivers training to enable conservation practitioners in building respectful partnerships with local and indigenous communities
It is the larger economic forces –rather than communities– that typically overwhelm conservation. Governments have the authority to bring about greater balance between conservation and economic development. Practitioners must oppose governments when appropriate, but they must also be willing to work with them in the interest of conservation.
The PARTNERS Principles for Community Based Conservation
By Charudutt Mishra
The award-winning PARTNERS Principles are a framework and training program for engaging with local and indigenous communities to garner their support and leadership for nature conservation. They are a blend of the practical and the ethical.
A Trainer's Guide: Engaging with Local and Indigenous Communities for Biodiversity Conservation (coming soon)
The introduction to the trainer’s guide provides tools and methods to ensure the workshop is fun and focused on the themes. It also provides a refresher on the PARTNERS Principles.(coming soon)
Day one of the Partners Principles Workshop includes exercises to introduce participants to each other, define workshop guidelines, share expectations, and discuss take-aways. It describes exercises that help participants understand community-led engagement and helps take a deep dive into the principles of Presence, Aptness, Transparency & Respect.(coming soon)
Day two of the Partners Principles Workshop focuses on refreshing learnings from the previous day, and detailed discussions on Empathy, Negotiations, Responsiveness, and Strategic Support. The section provides guidance on how to wrap up and conclude the workshop.(coming soon)
Building partnerships with communities: a paper on the principles published in the Journal of Applied Ecology
New global alliance to help improve the practice of biodiversity conservation: news piece published in Oryx
“I feel that this alliance, that joins with other conservationists, was exactly what I needed to improve my work and feel more secure in my own efforts.”
Dr. Micaela Camino,