By addressing the more elusive and deep-rooted social side of conflict through conservation conflict transformation (CCT), CPeace finds:

  • stakeholders are more receptive to and creatively engage in shared goals
  • polarization of conflict decreases; genuine collaboration increases
  • shared common ground is identified and built upon
  • antagonistic relationships are reconciled
  • commitments to positive change are genuine, shared, and durable.

When these social conditions are created, efforts to address the more tangible evidence of the conservation conflict are more successful and lasting. The tangible evidence of conflicts may include marginalization of communities or groups, one-sided wins and losses, an inequitable balance of power, retaliatory killing of wildlife, poaching, livestock depredation and crop raiding, legal battles, or illegal activities.

Sea turtle by Pierre Arnou


The Center for Conservation Peacebuilding operates primarily as a fee-for-service nonprofit organization. Our services are offered in-person and virtually. 

  1. Conflict Interventions – CPeace designs and leads conflict interventions that move parties from intractable conflict to durable, collaborative solutions.
  2. Capacity Building Workshops – CPeace builds the capacity of individuals and organizations to transform entrenched conflict among NGOs, governments, community groups, agencies, and other stakeholders. Capacity-building workshops are offered around the world at both ‘fundamentals’ and ‘advanced’ levels, in-person and virtually.
  3. Mini-Engagements – CPeace offers interactive small-team virtual support in the form of webinars, short workshops, and strategy sessions to help address pressing conflicts. 
  4. Strategic Guidance – CPeace helps clients analyze and transform the root causes of systemic social conflict that undermine conservation, communities, and coexistence.
  5. Community of Practice – CPeace offers networking and support to CCT practitioners through our Community of Practice, including virtual meet-ups and resource-sharing. 

Interested in bringing CPeace’s conservation conflict transformation expertise to your project or organization? Please contact us for more information on fees, options, and opportunities!

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Who We Work With

The Center for Conservation Peacebuilding supports the collaborative efforts of a diverse group of constituents and clients, including wildlife conservationists, livestock producers, hunters, government agencies or ministries, local communities, residents, ranchers, farmers, wildlife and animal advocates, industry, researchers, and others. As a Third Party Neutral, the Center for Conservation Peacebuilding works with all stakeholders in any given conflict scenario without bias or preference.


“The web-based support that CPeace’s Francine Madden provided for our work in the Galapagos created the single biggest and most critical turning point in our organization’s ability to have full support of community and government to do critical ecological restoration on an inhabited island whose community was previously divided regarding proposed conservation actions – and because of CPeace’s efforts they are 100% behind the now-shared conservation and sustainable development efforts. We would never have come this far without Francine. It was the best investment we made in 15 years of work in the Galapagos. We have since engaged CPeace in additional web-based services for both internal and other external strategic guidance and every single time, the results have been incredibly transformative! We can’t recommend Francine and CPeace strongly enough!” – K. Campbell

“Our virtual capacity building and strategic guidance workshop with Francine was incredibly helpful, leading to critical insights for our team and concrete progress in our community. Francine asked thoughtful questions. She really took the time to listen to us and understand the community we are a part of and she did so with empathy and understanding for all sides in our conflict. In a short period of time, Francine was able to clearly articulate some of the hidden dynamics going on in our conflicts and guide our discussion toward a roadmap for success. As a result, we left our session well supported, empowered and capable of using the tools she shared to diffuse difficult situations and better engage with our community. Since then, we’ve made substantial progress on one of the most challenging and controversial conservation conflicts of our careers!

It was wonderfully productive, highly engaging and an incredibly worthwhile investment of our time and resources. We can’t recommend these sessions highly enough and we can’t wait for our next online session with Francine!” – C. Wigren

Planting seeds by Binyamin Mellish


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