Introducing Conservation by Design 2.0

The next evolution of conservation approach for the Conservancy

Since its introduction in 1996, Conservation by Design (CbD) has been adopted and adapted by organizations and governments around the world. With the help of a global coaching community, multiple partners, and the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (CbD’s open source counterpart), CbD has revolutionized the practice of conservation globally. With Conservation by Design 2.0, The Nature Conservancy significantly updates its core methodology to reflect today's increasingly complex conservation challenges and the evolution in conservation strategies that these challenges require.


How The Site Is Organized 
The primary text of this website was created from the Conservation by Design 2.0 Guidance Document. Practitioner tips, tools, best practices, and links to external resources supplement the text along the right side of most pages.
Join the Conversation
Conservation by Design is a living document. As we continue to revise CbD, we'd like to hear from you. If you have examples or case studies you'd like to share, or a question we can answer for you, please let us know!
Case Studies
The best lessons are learned by experience. Check out your peers' stories, ideas and inspiration from working in the CbD framework, and check back often as we continue to expand our library of case studies.

Photos (top to bottom, left to right)

Little Blue Heron. Photographed at Corkscrew Swamp in Florida © Kent Mason 2006