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We catalyze resources and expertise to solve and reduce barriers to collaboration issue, fill critical gaps in collaborative capacity, and transfer actions and best practices.

Together we create more durable and lasting conservation solutions.

Structure of the WCCN

The WCCN Leadership Team is comprised of a Steering Committee, four Working Groups tackling priority network activities, and members representing collaborative conservation groups!

You can view the entire Leadership Team participant list here.

Learn more about our network’s approach by reading our founding charter.

The following Working Groups advance the four objectives of the Network. We develop annual work plans identifying priority activities, propose budgets, and secure funding to support our work. 

Steering Committee

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.

  • You can view the steering committee participants here.

Awareness & Engagement Working Group

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.

Capacity Building Working Group

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.

Public Policy Working Group

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. 

Sustainable Funding Working Group

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.

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