In many parts of the world, communities are using their land, water and other natural resources in unsustainable ways — simply because there is no economic alternative.

When conservation offers concrete benefits to rural farmers and local communities, protecting the environment becomes an increasingly viable and attractive choice. CI’s Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) works with communities who agree to protect their natural resources, as well as the benefits they provide, in exchange for a steady stream of compensation from investors. This approach helps conserve biodiversity while improving the quality of life for local communities.


​Conservation Agreements: Bridging Conservation & Development

CSP’s conservation agreement model offers direct incentives for conservation through a negotiated benefit package in return for conservation actions by communities. Thus, a conservation agreement links conservation funders — governments, bilateral agencies, private sector companies, foundations, individuals, etc. — to people who own and use natural resources.

Benefits typically include investments​ in social services like health and education as well as investments in livelihoods, often in the agricultural or fisheries sectors. Benefits can also include direct payments and wages. The size of these benefit packages depends on the cost of changes in resource use, as well as conservation performance. Rigorous monitoring verifies both conservation and socioeconomic results.

  • Eligible grantees will include local, national and international NGOs interested in using conservation agreements to catalyze private sector participation in community-based conservation.

  • These organizations will implement conservation agreements with local communities and land owners who can secure the conservation of high biodiversity areas or areas providing ecosystem services.

  • Successful applications will include clear and compelling justification for how conservation agreements will support institutional strategy and help ensure sustainability of results beyond the Platform’s implementation period.

  • Eligible partners must have a sound and tested financial and administrative system that will be assessed through the application process. In accordance with CI procedures, applicants must describe in detail their existing administrative and financial structures and how these structures will support effective and efficient implementation.


How to Apply

The Conservation Agreements Private Partnership Platform (CAPPP) invites applicants to submit full proposals for the implementation of conservation agreements related to sustainable sourcing and conservation. Applicants must submit a multi-year proposal (2 years) to by June 30, 2017, following the templates available here​. Only proposals related to sustainable sourcing will be considered. In addition, all applicants should annex the feasibility analysis developed for the implementation of conservation agreements in the sites of interest. The feasibility analysis should follow the process and requirements specified in the Conservation Agreement Field Guide. For additional information on the geographies and selection criteria, please refer to the CAPPP operations manual​. The CAPPP is an initiative financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with the Untied Nat​ions Environment Programme (UNEP) as the implementing agency.