Toby Smith

Improving Decisions with Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Information

A Theory-Based Practical Context Diagnostic for Conservation

This series of seven videos contributes to the development and communication of a context diagnostic method for biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation practitioners. This method includes five approaches based on well-established social science theories. Each approach gives a contrasting perspective and raises a set of thought-provoking questions on social, organizational, institutional and political aspects of conservation intervention contexts. These videos give a brief overview of the general method as well as of the five distinct approaches developed for context analysis. 

The videos should be watched as an introduction or a complement to the Technical Background Paper on which they are based: “Feger, C., Mermet, L., McKenzie, E, Vira, B. Improving Decisions with Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Information: A Theory-Based Practical Context Diagnostic for Conservation.  Technical Background Paper. March 2017”. They can also be used as training material to the context diagnostic method. 

These videos were produced as part of the GAMES project (Governance and Accounting for the Management of Ecological Systems), which is developing new approaches and tools for the sound governance of ecological systems. The project is a partnership of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, WWF and the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute.  

Videos written and presented by Dr. Clément Feger (post-doc Research Associate, UCCRI and Luc Hoffmann Institute) and Prof. Laurent Mermet (AgroParisTech and CESCO lab, MNHM, Paris). 


Luc Hoffmann Institute:

Video, Sound and Edit by Toby Smith

UCCRI – Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence 2015/2016

Animation and Titling by Emily Jayne Bowers

0) Introduction to the presenters

1) Introduction to the context diagnostic method for conservation

2) Adapting to different stages in the political process

3) Contributing to a strategy for conservation 

4) Helping others reach their goals through our innovations 

5) Navigating multiple coexisting and contradictory orders of values

6) Improving human well-being by renegotiating institutions

7) Closing overview: a theory-based practical context diagnostic method