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"How Equitable Is Conservation? Evidence and Experiences from an International NGO"

Dr. Madeleine McKinnon
Senior Director, Monitoring & Evaluation
Moore Center for Science & Oceans, Conservation International

Monday, November 9, 2015
Bren Hall 1414

Madeline works at the interface of science and application and faces daily questions about how to design equitable and durable conservation plans. She brings deep academic and applied experience in the social dimensions of conservation." — Ben Halpern, Faculty Host

 Conservation International – a major international conservation organization aims to ensure fair participation of stakeholders in decision making processes and to achieve both social and biophysical benefits from its investments. Conservation efforts are however not evenly distributed and inherently benefit some groups more than others. Consideration of social equity – the distribution of costs and benefits between and among groups and individuals – is increasingly being integrated by CI and other organizations into conservation policy and planning. I present results from a global synthesis of scientific evidence documenting impacts of nature conservation on human well-being and discuss the extent to which social equity is actually measured in practice. I examine efforts by CI to better integrate equity considerations into our operations and share results from recent evaluations of CI programs in how the distribution of conservation impacts might be more adequately measured.

Dr. Madeleine McKinnon leads the monitoring and reporting of CI’s institutional achievements across its global programs. Madeleine provides scientific leadership to the organization on applications of performance measurement, impact evaluation, and evidence synthesis for conservation. Originally from London, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh and has a master’s in applied ecology and conservation from the University of East Anglia. She earned a Ph.D. in program evaluation from the University of Queensland, Australia, She has published on aspects of conservation evaluation, systematic conservation planning and prioritization of conservation investments. She currently sits on the Board of the Conservation Measures Partnership and is a principal investigator of a SNAP working group on evidence-based conservation.

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