Our Vision

To transform conservation,

we must work together.


Knowledge on the emergence, spread, and impacts of community-based conservation is often case-specific and used incongruously to inform decisions. Knowledge gaps on the factors influencing community-based conservation success need to be addressed if we are to ensure that community-based conservation is designed and implemented to deliver sustained positive outcomes for people and the planet. 

By bringing together a coalition of partners, we can advance our understanding of when and how community-based conservation delivers benefits. Generating evidence alone will not change how community-based conservation is designed and implemented. There is a pressing need to explore, test, and develop tactics and approaches that embed diverse types of knowledge into conservation decision-making processes across scales.

ACES formed in 2016 to design a holistic approach for understanding the establishment, impacts, and scaling of community-based conservation. 

Together, we created a shared conceptual framework, which we built upon to develop a set of theories of change for community-based conservation; a list of strategic learning questions; and an illustrative indicator framework for collaboratively generating and synthesizing evidence on community-based conservation emergence, spread, and impacts.

Through the power of the collective, ACES will rapidly advance the evidence base for community-based conservation. We will deliver a proof of concept that brings together diverse knowledge and evidence to foster the design and implementation of more effective solutions for people and nature.

© Shutterstock / Hung Chung Chih / WWF Sweden

© Shutterstock / Hung Chung Chih / WWF Sweden