One of the Network's main focus areas is how to build capacity for landscape stewardship by understanding and solving challenges related to operationalizing, funding, and sustaining these kinds of collaborations.
Our 2018 case study, Capacity Building for Collaboration describes many of these challenges in detail, as well as highlights stories of where networks have been successful at solving them. A summary version of these findings and supporting research are also available.
While capacity building can take many forms, we have focused on a few key areas.
The Collaborative Leadership Roundtable is working on developing practitioner-focused trainings, workshops, and other ongoing learning opportunities focused on core leadership principles. Our goal is to build the scaffolding that can support the burgeoning landscape stewardship movement and increase partnership capacity at scale by enabling us to practice conservation in ways that are more inclusive, informed, and integrative.
A Partnership Impact ModelTM was developed by researchers studying the One Tam partnership in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lessons learned from this collaborative were used to define key criteria and methods for measuring the impact of other landscape stewardship partnerships. This suite of resources includes the model and case study, as well as a roadmap and evaluation guide.
Policy & Funding
Existing funding and legislative systems are not always structured to support and sustain the unique kind of work we do. The Policy & Funding Working Group has taken on communications and policy analyses related to more general capacity building as well as specific policies. We are also actively exploring how we can adapt funding mechanisms to further support regional stewardship approaches.
The Communications Working Group supports the Network’s internal and external communications needs. This includes creating tools for sharing what this Network does, as well as the importance and value of landscape stewardship in general.
The Network has begun to explore its role in supporting biodiversity work at network, regional, and statewide scales. More information will be available as we continue to develop this work.