Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives

International Conservation

improving conservation investments around the world

Our Approach

With many millions of dollars invested in biodiversity programming each year, many projects are not realizing their intended effects. In many cases the vast pool of expertise, insights and lessons learned are not being fully leveraged to improve conservation effectiveness around the world. As a result the international community is calling for more results-based management and accountability, and a system to support learning and processes for adaptive management. Environmental Incentives is working with our international partners to implement a performance-driven approach that makes investments in conservation more effective.

Innovative Design

Our innovative approach to program design emphasizes the development of monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans. We work closely with stakeholders throughout the program design process, facilitating engagement and catering solutions that work for our clients.

Measuring Results

Charting progress towards clearly defined environmental goals is a cornerstone of effective biodiversity programming. We deliver customizable tools to help institutions define indicators of success, measure biodiversity targets and better understand progress. This drives program effectiveness and allows institutions to allocate resources for efficiently.

Systematic Learning & Adapting

As biodiversity programs are implemented, information, data and knowledge is generated. We work with government staff, policymakers and researchers to develop systematic approaches to collect and learn from this data. This enables programs to adapt to changing circumstances.


The foundation of our work in International Conservation is the Measuring Impact project. We are working with the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment/Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (E3/FAB) to improve the impact of biodiversity conservation and natural resource management programs around the world.

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News & Insights


August 28, 2017

What do declining elephant populations & failed hand pumps have in common?

More than you might think. The conservation and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sectors both face their share of challenges when it comes to sustainability. As the learning partner on the... Read more

August 25, 2016

Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime: A Toolkit for Improving Action and Accountability

Developed for any organization concerned with poaching and illegal wildlife trade, USAID’s Combating Wildlife Crime toolkit recommends indicators for monitoring progress and effectiveness of 10 major strategic approaches for combating... Read more

August 25, 2016

Stakeholder Engagement for Biodiversity Conservation Goals: Assessing the Status of the Evidence

Learning how to communicate and work with different groups builds constituencies to support conservation aims. This publication is an analysis of the evaluation of 148 references, selected through a rigorous... Read more

Talk to Our Experts

Liz Lauck
International Conservation Practice Lead, Chief of Party

Tess Present, Ph.D.
Senior Associate

Shelly Hicks
Senior Project Design and Planning Specialist

Caroline Cook
Deputy Chief of Party