Over the last decade, we have worked together with our local collaborators to create and refine a series of capacity-building modules that guide stakeholders as they develop and implement quality of life plans. We hope that these materials will be useful to a broad range of organizations working with communities to improve quality of life and conserve the environment.

However, we would like to stress that the process is not a simple checklist of activities. A critical element in the process is the shift in the nature of interactions among community residents, their representative organizations, and conservation professionals to create true collaboration and empowerment.

Below we share some key materials (with thanks to Dan Brinkmeier and Nathan Strait for the illustrations):

Here are some examples of community quality of life plans: