Amigos de los Monos

A New Approach to Conservation

In order to promote global biodiversity and sustainable land use, Community Conservation catalyzes, facilitates and empowers local people to manage and conserve natural resources within the social, cultural and economic context of their communities.—Community Conservation

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The Rio Coco runs through the Amigos de los Monos project area. Photo by William Patterson (see Contacts).

Community Conservation is a new-school approach to conservation that has responded to the failures of the exclusionary approach to conservation that dislocates local populations in order to form protected areas. The old approach to conservation has often fostered contempt in local populations and has created enemies of conservation efforts. Rather than viewing local populations as obstructions in conservation efforts, the philosophy of Community Conservation views local populations as the solution.

Community Conservation takes a grassroots and adaptive approach to conservation, working directly with the resource users in order to identify problems and locally appropriate solutions for conservation. A series of training objectives developed by Scott Bernstein aids external project catalysts and community groups in co-managing projects to ensure project sustainability.

Download Scott Bernstein's “Thirteen Training Objectives for Community-based Conservation” (in English or in Spanish).

Amigos de los Monos Director Katie Mann is an associate of Community Conservation.

For more information, download the summer 2007 issue of Community Conservation's newsletter, CC Update featuring Amigos de los Monos work in Costa Rica. (PDF)

or visit Community Conservation online.

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