Definition of Collaborative Conservation
We define collaborative conservation in two parts:
1) collaboration, which is a deliberate and inclusive process of two or more people, groups or entities coming together to respond to an important issue
2) conservation, which is an ongoing interaction between people and their natural environment that is meant to sustain and improve natural resources and human communities, and prioritizes sustaining diversity and resiliency to multiple stresses. Importantly, the stakeholders required to construct the collaborative are diverse and may bring different values, perspectives, and cultural world views to the process. The collaborative process allows groups to produce outcomes that would not have been possible without collaboration.