“Enabling Communities to protect Biodiversity and overcome Poverty

through sustainable Resource Use and equitable Benefit Sharing”


Who We Are

The New Zealand Nature Institute/Initiative for People Centered Conservation (NZNI/IPECON) is made up of an international team of  conservation and development practitioners. Our core competencies are in the fields of rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. Our focus is on sustainable protected area management – on parks and people.

ipecon is a working platform and    implementing partner to operationalise   support to community driven conservation and people-centered development.

ipecon is the international  programme of the New Zealand Nature Institute, a non-government, non-profit organization1 active in conservation in New Zealand since 1994 and registered as international NGO2 in Mongolia since 2003.

Our Purpose and Role

As practitioners on the forefront of facilitating consensus and managing conflicts over resource use and conservation, we don’t believe in blueprints, but in developing appropriate local models for Protected Area and Natural Resource Management.

We use methods and tools of Participatory Learning and Action for design, planning, implementation and evaluation of activities.

Our primary role is to facilitate community empowerment, institution building and stakeholder consensus for sustainable resource use and conservation.

We partner and coordinate with other implementing agencies, research and training institutions, and seek to build innovative, socially responsible private-public partnerships to develop options for sustainable livelihoods.

We help to identify lessons learned, introduce them into the policy dialogue, and facilitate scaling up.

What We Stand For

We stand for a professionalism that values diversity of perception, knowledge, and resource management systems, that embraces mutual and continual learning.

We recognize the need for participatory, people-centered, and process oriented approaches to achieve sustainable results for livelihoods and resource management. We recognize the rights of local communities to resource access and sustainable livelihoods, and their capacity to manage local resources

We are committed to mobilizing and developing local capacity, self-help and initiatives, and to building cooperation and linkages.

Our Core Competencies

Our team draws on work experience in protected area management, conservation research, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, participatory development, environmental communication and education, policy and institutional advice.

Our regional experiences include North East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, Western Asia, East and Southern Africa, South Pacific, Antarctica, North America and Europe.

In recent years, several team members have focused on working with rural and urban communities  in Mongolia, and have been instrumental in projects on protected area and bufferzone management, poverty alleviation and combating desertification.

Our key personnel has a track record in operationalising long-term projects in remote field conditions.

Key issues addressed in our previous work include rural livelihood diversification  and value addition, access to rural micro-credit, development and dissemination of appropriate technology for fuel efficiency, tourism development, pasture and livestock management, and strengthening protected area management.

Our practitioners have proven skills in developing local models of Community Based Natural Resource Management and to facilitate agreements on Collaborative Management.

Our Services and Products

·     Project design and development

·     Implementation of projects and project components

·     Project evaluation, design and introduction of P M & E systems

·     Facilitating experience sharing and mutual learning

·     Training in participatory approaches based on experiental learning cycles

·     Facilitating workshops and working groups

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