Policy support tool
Conservation Evidence works to make conservation efforts more effective, by making evidence on the effectiveness of conservation actions accessible and digestible. The project collates, reviews, and disseminates the most up-to-date science on ways to conserve and restore global biodiversity – all free at the point of delivery. This allows decision-makers to identify the most effective actions and to discard less effective approaches.
Conservation Evidence (www.conservationevidence.com) collects and summarises scientific evidence on the effectiveness - or otherwise - of conservation actions. Concise, plain-English accounts of how well conservation actions have worked can be used by decision-makers to make conservation planning more effective.
Conservation actions are defined as ‘anything a conservationist or policy-maker might do to conserve or restore biodiversity’, and actions are considered at a fine scale, such as ‘use streamer lines to reduce seabird bycatch’ or ‘install overpasses as road crossing structures for bats’. As well as direct species and habitat management actions, social and legal interventions are covered, such as ‘legal protection of bird species’ and ‘adopt certification of forests’. This project aims to cover actions for all species groups and habitats globally, and has currently covered about two-thirds of this ( as of 2018).