Conservation Outcomes is a non-profit organisation created to provide support to land that is being developed and managed for biodiversity conservation outside of traditional state protected areas. The focus of the organisation is on securing remnant biodiversity, ecological integrity and resilience whilst contributing to poverty alleviation and meaningful socio-economic development in rural southern Africa through the development of the conservation and wildlife sector.
The organisation’s philosophy is based on the premise that conservation as a land-use can compete highly effectively with other forms of land use, including agriculture, particularly in many of the historically poor rural areas of South Africa. Conservation can provide meaningful economic development and employment opportunities for communities through activities such as ecological restoration, tourism, hunting and venison production.
To establish biodiversity-based economic ventures on private and communally-owned conservation and protected areas in an effort to secure critical biodiversity and contribute to meaningful rural economic development.
• Sustainably conserve critically important biodiversity and associated ecological processes outside of state protected areas.
• Contribute to meaningful sustainable poverty alleviation in poor rural areas of southern Africa.
• Contribute towards rural development and land reform processes in an effort to create viable conservation ventures that address some of the imbalances of the past.
The culture of the organisation acknowledges the vital importance of collaboration between communities, government, corporations and other NGOs in an effort to achieve innovative solutions to the massive challenge of rural development in southern Africa. Conservation Outcomes addresses a current gap in the sustainable land use development sector, which has seen landowners struggling to realise the potential of the biodiversity-based economy, due to a lack of access to appropriate assistance and expertise. Based on our expertise and experience, we provide a unique set of skills that enables us to address this need.