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Conservation Evidence is a free, authoritative information resource designed to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global biodiversity.
We summarise evidence from the scientific literature about the effects of conservation interventions, such as methods of habitat or species management.
Use the search box at the top of this page or browse the evidence using the icons above to search the database of over 5,000 papers that determine the effectiveness of conservation interventions.
We also publish new evidence in our open access journal Conservation Evidence.
What Works in Conservation
What Works in Conservation assesses the research looking at whether interventions are beneficial or not. It is based on summarised evidence in synopses, on topics such as amphibians, bats, biodiversity in European farmland, and control of freshwater invasive species. More are available and in progress.
What are Synopses?
A synopsis of evidence lists all the possible actions you could take to conserve a given species group or habitat, or to tackle a particular conservation issue.
For each action, it brings together the available scientific evidence with summary statements that are quick and easy to read. It describes each piece of evidence with references, and links to more information on our website.
Each synopsis is developed in partnership with an international advisory board of conservationists and researchers who specialise in that area.
For a summary of the methods and evidence sources used for our synopses, please see the methods page.
Over the next five years, Conservation Evidence aims to produce synopses covering every major habitat and taxonomic group.
Each will be produced through thorough literature reviews and with an international panel of experts advising on the scope and structure of the synopsis, ensuring that they communicate the information that conservation practitioners need in the easiest and most useful way possible.
These synopses will be available individually, online (both as a downloadable PDF and as a searchable database) and some in print, but will also be combined online as a searchable database to provide an authoritative guide to conservation practice for any habitat and taxon, anywhere in the world.