The WCCN partnership is comprised of the Steering Committee, six Working Groups tackling priority network activities, and partners representing collaborative conservation groups!
Learn more about our network’s approach by reading our founding charter.
The following Working Groups advance objectives of the Network.
Responsible for Network oversight and governance. Makes decisions in consultation with Leadership Team. Advances high-level tasks e.g., annual work plans, budgets and fundraising. Coordinates and communicates between Working Groups. Meets monthly. Subset of Leadership Team, with 1 or 2 people per state, from collaboratives or support organizations and representing Working Groups.
Maintains communication platforms to connect network participants and grow our community of practice. Uses communication tools to increases awareness of and support for the collaborative approach to conservation. Tools include: newsletter, listservs, regional collaboration map, case studies and stories, and social media.
Convenes the collaborative conservation community, virtually and in person, to strengthen collaboration skills and sharpen tools, and build the capacity of collaborative groups. Peers learning from peers, on the ground, across diverse landscapes and communities is a priority. Confluence is the signature event co-hosted regionally every 18 months.
The Emerging Leaders Working Group convenes conservationists new to the field of collaborative conservation with innovative visions for the future of conservation work and the motivation, passion, and collaborative mindset to work toward that vision. We invite collaborative conservationists at all career levels to join our Emerging Leaders Working Group conversations which cover topics including mentorship, supporting emerging leaders from marginalized communities, and so much more.
Check out some of the network’s emerging leaders in our Emerging Leaders blog series!
Contact Audrey Clavijo to get involved.
Identifies and encourages ways public land management agencies can institutionalize collaborative conservation as a way of doing business. Shares keys to success for public agency personnel as effective collaborative conservation partners and leaders.
Contact Jessica Western to get involved.
Convenes funders and practitioners to explore regional funding capacity issues for collaboratives and develops strategies to reduce barriers and fill needs. Designs and implements a long-term funding strategy to sustain the Network.
Convenes collaborative groups with any interest or skill level in mapping and Geographic Information Systems with the goal of sharing ideas and resources that can enhance collaboration through the use of geospatial technology. This group also serves as a community of practitioners to help one another troubleshoot problems or learn about new techniques for using GIS.
Contact Joe Zebrowski to get involved.