The outputs generated by projects supported by the Collaborative Fund have had significant conservation impact, particularly in terms of informing and helping to shape conservation policy and in building capacity for conservation.

The majority of projects are focused on contributing to high-level global conservation processes (CBD, SDGs, IPBES) and/or to thematic areas that are widely recognised as global conservation priorities (climate change, Natural Capital, food production/security).

Select Collaborative Fund Projects are featured as Case Studies in our Impact section.

Project leads also write blogs documenting the lessons learned during the project, which can be found under News.


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Plastic connectivity: disentangling the problem of plastic pollution for pelagic seabirds

Plastic pollution is global and conspicuous threat to marine life, but little is known about its impacts. This project evaluates the risk of plastic encounter for seabirds, using an extensive tracking dataset and models of marine plastic distribution. We focus on petrels; an ocean-going group of seabirds containing some of our most threatened and least…

Integrating science, policy and sustainable development to address African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines: African perspectives on a flyway-wide issue

Flyway-wide collaboration is key to effectively support conservation action for declining migrant landbirds across their range. This project brings together African science and policy experts in collaboration with European experts to review existing science, policy and practice, and explore innovative trans-disciplinary opportunities to deliver migrant landbird conservation across rapidly-changing landscapes.

The Green List of Species: towards a Standard for measuring species recovery

The world lacks a standardized framework for measuring species recovery comparable to the way we do extinction risk (the world-renowned IUCN Red List of Threatened Species). The current project will ensure the emerging IUCN Green List of Species is fit for purpose to help end-users set (and measure) ambitious recovery targets and attribute impact of…

Developing tailored remote monitoring protocols for sites of biodiversity importance

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are sites contributing significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity.  Over 16,000 KBAs have been identified globally, but their health and integrity are not monitored systematically. This project aims to develop, publish and disseminate long-term indices of change in all KBAs using a suite of remote sensing products tailored to the…

Mapping the opportunities for improving conservation by better incorporating human behaviour

Conservation has been slow to utilise new ideas from psychology and behavioural economics about shifting human behaviour through addressing social norms, messenger effects, cognitive biases and default decisions. Our workshop-centred study will systematically explore the potential for impacting conservation using such tools, and plan an agenda for testing them.