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Building technical capacity among local organizations is critical to fostering and maintaining successful conservation programs in important protected areas. The Conservancy’s overarching goal in Latin America and the Caribbean is to establish strong local support for conservation so that the countries that harbor biodiversity have the capacity for its stewardship. However, to build an enduring conservation presence, we must also address the institutional strength of the organizations involved. In the rush to plan and implement conservation programs, the qualities of strong institutions are sometimes overlooked—but time has shown that only strong institutions can support conservation programs for the long-term.

Parks in Peril uses a number of tools to build strong conservation institutions.  These tools include the Institutional Self-Assessment Tool—an institutional scorecard that helps an organization to analyze its status, identify weaknesses, and develop strategies for growth. Other tools include methodologies for strategic financial planning, income generation, and strengthening boards of directors.  These tools can help institutions develop into sustainable organizations with regional conservation influence. PIP has used targeted needs assessments, institutional assessments and years of on-the-ground experience with local practitioners to identify strategic action areas for capacity building including:

  • Building the institutional capacity of partner organizations
  • Strengthening the individual skills of local conservation leaders
  • Promoting in-country training capacity
  • Disseminating knowledge and experience gained by The Nature Conservancy and partners, and identifying and pioneering learning in key areas for organizational sustainability
  • Ability to promote and adapt to development and change
  • Mission, vision and strategic planning
  • Strong leadership
  • Administrative and managerial structure and systems
  • Qualified, committed and competitive staff
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective resource development
  • Strong Constituency / Strategic Alliances / Outreach
  • Effective Programs & Projects
  • Enabling legal & socioeconomic environment