A holistic framework for participatory conservation approaches Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Organizations seeking better methods for conservation have attempted to use participatory processes to fulfill human and ecological/environmental goals. As a result, the academic literature is filled with examples of community-level approaches to conservation. While such case studies are highly valuable, much of this literature has placed a strong emphasis on the institutional conditions surrounding successful participatory practices. Here, we seek to complement the participatory conservation literature with the community participation literature, which has tended to follow an actor-centered (e.g., residents) approach to successful participatory practices. By merging these two literatures, our goal is to offer a holistic framework that accounts for a more comprehensive understanding of the different forms and benefits of participation. We hope this framework will serve as a tool for field practitioners to implement the most effective action plans resulting in greater future successes.

author list (cited authors)

  • Matarrita-Cascante, D., Sene-Harper, A., & Ruyle, L.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • May 2019