Starting in a New Place

Good intentions are not enough. Across the Pacific, top-down and donor-driven efforts fail again and again. These experiences can erode trust, making local communities wary of collaboration with governments and organizations. The leaders stressed that community-based conservation is a long-term locally-driven process and local support is essential. The leaders offered many insights to help conservation professionals get off on the right foot when entering a new place, emphasizing that patience and thoughtful engagement of leaders, partners, and allies pays off in the long run. 

  Ensure You are Welcome

Ensure You are Welcome

  Be Clear on What You Bring - And What You Don't

Be Clear on What You Bring - And What You Don't

  Nurture   Relationships and Partnerships

Nurture Relationships and Partnerships

  Identify Committed Influential Community Leaders

Identify Committed Influential Community Leaders

  Establish a Shared Vision

Establish a Shared Vision

  Work Within the Communities Timeframe

Work Within the Communities Timeframe