Most of our conservation challenges today are classic “wicked” problems – where there is disagreement on both information and the meaning of that information, making it difficult to make progress. We are most successful in solving these kinds of problems when we are able to work through communities of practice and communities of place to build the capacity needed to move through wicked problems. Capacity building can take many forms. Based on an assessment of community needs, we might help bring a collaborative group to consensus in identifying or working toward goals, play an advisory role in developing a market-based conservation program, help build new science and policy toolsor identify new ways to use existing policies.

For us, collaboration is not just a way to reach agreement on a path forward; it is a way of matching people, interests, resources, and action to achieve real results when they are needed. Collaboration is a core value of Willamette Partnership, and our team applies collaborative approaches throughout its work.

We build the capacity to solve complex conservation problems through:

  • Process facilitation, consensus-building, and other support in building and maintaining collaborative processes;
  • Web-based and in-person trainings, guidance, and organizational support for quantifying ecosystem services and building and operating market-based programs; and
  • Policy analysis and development of innovative policy tools and concepts.

Examples of our capacity building work:


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