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Conservation Values

What values do conservationists hold? To what extent do they share common values? In what areas do they disagree with each other?

To find out, we have developed, through a series of workshops, a set of 32 statements which cover many of the important issues that conservation practitioners care about. This survey is an attempt to find out what people feel about these statements.

This Conservation Values study was carried out by Bill Adams, Chris Sandbrook, Ivan Scales and Bhaskar Vira, from the Political Ecology Group in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, for academic purposes.


  • Sandbrook, C., Scales, I.R. , Vira, B., Adams, W.M. (2010) ‘Mission Impossible? Diversity in the Values held by Conservation Scientists’, Conservation Biology 25(2):285-94.