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Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration

The Global Challenges Research Team on Conservation Development is an interdisciplinary working group of scholars and practitioners seeking to advance the science and practice of conservation development. Housed within the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University, our group is comprised of leading experts in the social, economic, and ecological dimensions of conservation development from several universities, resource management agencies, and non-profit organizations. We aim to synthesize data on existing CD practice, establish a rigorous scientific basis for evaluating CD designs and policies, and engage with land use planning, development, and conservation practitioners to inform the design of future projects in the United States and around the world.