Round River employs the principles of conservation biology to formulate strategies that provide our partner communities, organizations and governments a well-founded scientific basis for their long-term conservation planning efforts.
Wild places are important in and of themselves. Round River is dedicated to the conservation of these vast landscapes, their inherent wildness and the ecological complexity that sustains them and inspires us.
Achieving successful large-scale long lasting conservation is very complex that requires the support of strong local partners. In the face of global climate challenges, such endeavors are ever more crucial.
- To lead innovation and experimentation in the field of conservation biology at the international level and accelerate application and uptake of emerging ideas.
- To develop, implement and refine innovative and effective conservation strategies that are tailored to local circumstances and are capable of securing durable conservation outcomes.
- To demonstrate tangible conservation gains in selected large intact landscapes that provide for biodiversity, local communities, and recognition for the cultural and traditional practices of indigenous peoples.
- To lead innovation and experimentation in the field of conservation education and leadership.
- To cultivate an active, informed and inspired constituency of international young scholars, as scientists, artists, and conservation activists and advocates by providing innovative and respected experiential conservation education and leadership training.
- To develop and implement innovative conservation analyses to international peer-review standards as a platform for conservation advocacy.
- To secure a trusted role and broad reach by engaging respectfully as scientists, planners and strategists, consultants and trainers with a variety of partners including organizations, indigenous peoples, academia, governments, local communities, foundations, individuals, and corporations.
- To utilize student field programs to build one-to-one relationships on the ground, provide for effective field data collections, and nurture a community of future conservation professionals.
- To establish partnerships with indigenous or local communities to advocate for conservation, exert political and legal leverage, and establish enduring institutional arrangements to secure gains.
- To maintain a clear focus on areas of core competency and utilize partnerships and service providers to deliver other critical roles.
Round River engages in conservation programs in several countries, often deploying Round River students, cooperating with local partners to advocate for conservation gains, and applying technical analysis and resources as needed to support these efforts.
Many of these programs and their projects involve a mix of applied skills and different forms of engagement, in varying sequences:
- Initial contact with prospective conservation partners, often including indigenous people(s);
- Establishment of student programs, beneficial and appropriate;
- Providing strategy assistance and training to local community members, partners and/or the creation of local organizations;
- Analysis of conservation values, often articulated through a Conservation Area Design (CAD) or similar;
- Development of land plans that define and secure conservation gains as well as appropriate economic development opportunities;
- Development of implementation strategies, with other partners; and,
- Engagement with local communities to support implementation by providing assistance or identifying additional partners to help with local needs for social, education, cultural and economic development.
The criteria for selection of regional conservation programs include:
- Opportunity for significant conservation gains in large, intact landscapes;
- Opportunity to partner with indigenous or local communities, as well as, national and international conservation organizations to achieve and maintain conservation gains; and,
- Opportunity to develop and implement innovative conservation strategies that can serve as precedents.
Providing training, strategic support, and targeted capacity building for the implementation of conservation gains are key priorities for Round River. The Round River Center for Conservation Leadership directs Round River’s student programs, leadership training, and strategy development activities.
Activities within the Center for Conservation Leadership are organized under two complementary programs:
- Conservation Leadership Training Program; and,
- Conservation Strategies Program.
The focus of our Study Abroad Programs is to encourage and expand the commitments, minds and spirits of future conservationists. We seek to cultivate an active, informed and inspired constituency of international young scholars who will make their mark in the world as conservation scientists, artists, activists and advocates. The principal activities of the programs include:
- Innovation and experimentation in the field of experiential conservation education and leadership training;
- A recognized leadership role in the establishment of conservation literacy criteria and guidelines;
- Providing direction, curriculum, academic accreditation and instruction for student activities in various regional programs; and,
- Promotion of conservation training and leadership through publications and symposia.