Needs Assessment

Our team is exploring how to facilitate communication amongst the diverse groups of stakeholders who participate in Conservation Development (CD). These stakeholders, including conservationists, planners, real estate developers, and researchers, all contribute to CD projects but a common portal, or learning network, for cross-disciplinary communication is lacking. To cultivate greater expertise and collaboration in CD practice, we spoke directly with 30 CD practitioners across the nation, through semi-structured interviews, to help determine which tools would enable CD professionals in each of these fields to more easily network and engage with one another. Preliminary results of these interviews can be viewed in a webinar hosted by Sarah Reed and Lindsay Ex in September 2012.