Conservation Learning Initiative – Home

Learn from evidence.
Improve conservation.

This 5-step approach from MAVA, FOS, and Conservation Evidence helps conservationists learn from evidence to make better decisions and improve strategies. Explore lessons for key conservation strategies and participate in evidence-based learning.

Learning approach

Learn about 5 basic steps to practice evidence-based conservation learning. Read more

Evidence for key strategies

Explore our findings about four widely-used strategies to support conservation.

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About this initiative

The MAVA Foundation is ending its grant-making in 2022. As part of its legacy and its efforts to share its experiences, MAVA seeks to enhance our collective understanding of crucial conservation strategies. 

MAVA’s archives have been building up for nearly 30 years. They contain an accumulated treasure of conservation data, which form a rare opportunity for evidence-based conservation learning.

This is why the foundation challenged Foundations of Success and Conservation Evidence to join forces in this initiative and combine the strengths of their approaches for evidence-based learning. Read more about the people and organisations behind the initiative.


The conservation community needs smarter and more successful strategies to improve the impact of its work. One way of identifying those strategies and improving their effectiveness is through evidence-based learning.

This initiative set out to:

  1. Develop and test a practical approach to evidence-based learning. This approach encourages you to use different data sources to test critical assumptions about conservation strategies. It helps you deal with differences in the reliability and relevance of data and formulate insights based on the evidence.
  2. Produce lessons learned around widely used conservation strategies. To date, the initiative applied this approach to four conservation strategies. The conclusions will help you fine-tune your work or investment and increase your conservation impact.

This website addresses all conservationists – practitioners, scientists, and funders alike – who want to explore our evidence-based learning approach or the evidence for crucial conservation strategies.

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Join the learning

We are planning exciting things to continue learning from evidence, including online events and new learning topics. Sign up here or email us at to receive updates.

If you are curious about our approach, want to contribute with your evidence, or jointly focus on other learning topics, please contact us.