Conservation Effectiveness

Conservation Effectiveness is a multi-part series investigating whether conservation strategies work or not. The series is the result of a collaboration between Mongabay and a team of conservation scientists led by tropical forest ecologist Zuzana Burivalova from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

This page includes detailed methodology we’ve used, references to all studies included in the stories and links to downloadable data for each conservation strategy.

Visit for the latest information and to get involved with on-going analysis of different conservation strategies.

Detailed methodology
How we reviewed the evidence for stories on forest certification, payments for ecosystem services, community-based forest management and terrestrial protected areas.
How we reviewed the evidence for story on marine protected areas.

Downloadable data