Effective biodiversity conservation requires robust and effective organisational capacity. There is growing recognition that support is needed to scale up this capacity amongst NGOs working at the conservation frontline across the globe, particularly in regions of high biodiversity.

With support from CCI’s Collaborative Fund, a group of CCI partners have worked together to respond directly to this demand. They have created an active global network for sharing best practice and building capacity, and a dynamic website that promotes self-led development, networking, and sharing of experience among conservation organisations.

Capacity for Conservation.org is the world’s first international support platform for conservation organisations. Developed by conservation organisations, the website provides support to
strengthen continuing organisational development. By growing capacities in areas ranging from financial management and governance to strategic development and communications, these organisations are better able to accomplish their biodiversity conservation goals.

Nearly 1,000 people are now registered, accessing from 176 countries, and the team is working to encourage these users to engage directly with each other. By sharing experiences
and developing regional support hubs, the capacity for effective conservation across the world will continue to grow. Strengthening the institutional capacity of these organisations is
crucial to ensuring they can deliver effective conservation. The Capacity for Conservation Collaboration is also supporting conservation practitioners and institutions through forums in
Cambridge, Nairobi and Colombia, to share best practice, network and address topical issues on organisational capacity. Over the next five years it aims to develop dynamic and sustainable regional Capacity for Conservation networks and a series of face to face events.

“The website has been a massive success. There’s no organisation that doesn’t need some kind of support, or that can’t put their experience back into the website. Having the support from CCI acted as a catalyst to pool our resources and make it happen. By bringing our networks together our reach has been so much bigger.”
Amy Duthie, Programme Development Manager