Most conservationists will manage a project, but very few have ever had any formal training in this key skill set

95% of respondents agreed that "it is essential that conservationists receive more training in project management skills to increase measurable conservation impact"

Assessing the need for project management skills


We surveyed 250 conservationists from 52 countries to check that project management skills were a need, and you agreed.

Download the full survey report here.

Project Management for Wildlife Conservation
The PMWC approach provides a knowledge base for delivering any type or size of conservation project.
Using this approach will help you:
  • Apply key principles, to maintain high standards of effectiveness and ethics

  • Define roles, to clarify team structure and decision-making

  • Carry out phases, to manage a project from start to finish

  • Set up control processes, to keep a project on track and adapt to new knowledge and changing conditions

  • Set up administrative processes, to help conduct effective internal meetings and develop high-quality project documents and technical deliverables

PMWC is compatible with the Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation and Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation approaches.

The PMWC approach comes with a set of document templates and tools that you can use to:
  • Track progress of work and impact

  • Assess risks and issues

  • Assign roles

  • Document and share lessons learned

What can I do next?
1. Share the PMWC approach with others
2. Join a classroom or online training workshop to get certified skills in the SDWC approach  
3. Contact to get help infusing the PMWC approach into your team or organisation
4. Download the manual by completing this form:
To download a copy of the manual, please fill in this form.
The information you provide will help us to improve future versions of this best practice.

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