For the last twenty years a global team has been working on the creation, collation, and adoption of evidence in policy and practice under the umbrella of the Conservation Evidence project. Over the past five years a number of teams have been busy creating a toolkit of approaches for embedding evidence into practice, whether writing evidence-based guidance or creating teaching material. Both of these have been a huge global effort with over 1,100 named collaborators (Smith, 2022). This book follows the completion of that toolkit.

This book has benefited enormously from those who have read and improved the text. Don Broom, Lisbet Rausing and Tim O’Riordan kindly provided detailed comments on the entire manuscript. The dream editorial team of Will Morgan, Silviu Petrovan, Rebecca Smith, Nigel Taylor, Ann Thornton, Tom White, Kate Willott and Hiromi Yamashita have done an astonishingly efficient task of writing, restructuring, editing the text, redrawing figures and sorting out the formatting.

The work on Conservation Evidence has received funding from the A.G. Leventis Foundation, Arcadia, British Ecological Society, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Economic and Social Research Council, MAVA, Lord and Lady Moran, Natural England, Natural Environment Research Council, South West Water, Synchronicity Earth, The Nature Conservancy, and Waitrose and Partners. The Biosecurity Research Initiative at St Catharine’s (BioRISC) is funded by The David and Claudia Harding Foundation.


Smith, R.K. 2022. The Conservation Evidence project — a truly collaborative and international effort. Conservation Evidence Blog, February 14 2022,

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