Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network


Presentations, Panels & Webinars

Global Wildlife Program – Conservation Livelihoods Webinar
WFEN participated in and showcased our work at the World Bank’s Global Wildlife Program (GWP) Conservation Livelihoods webinar. Available here.

USAID – On March 18 2020 E3/FAB and Measuring Impact II hosted the first joint webinar of the Conservation Enterprise and Combating Wildlife Trafficking Learning Groups where Julie Stein, former Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, joined to discuss her work to reduce human-wildlife conflict around the world. The presentation & recording can be accessed here

Reports and Publications

Making Money Local: Can Protected Areas Deliver Both Economic Benefits and Conservation Objectives?
WFEN’s programs featured on the cover, pg. 45, pg. 56-57 (Certified Wildlife Friendly™ Merino de Península Valdés, Argentina), pg. 102 (Certified Wildlife Friendly™ Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour Guide Association, Palawan, Philippines), and pg. 103 (the Certified Gorilla Friendly™ program, Bwindi, Uganda) in this CBD Technical Series report here.

A Future for All: The Need for Human-Wildlife Coexistence
WFEN’s certification programs and some certified enterprises are included in this joint report from WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Certified Gorilla Friendly™ (pg. 79), pg. 81, full feature on pg. 87, Download the report here.

State of Wildlife Economy in Africa Report
Highlights of WFEN’s work are featured on page 170 of this report led by the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation. The report can be downloaded here.

Textile Exchange’s Corporate Fibers & Materials Program Biodiversity Benchmark
WFEN is proud to be part of the Biodiversity Advisory Group for this initiative which helps to guide fashion and textile companies towards better practices for biodiversity. The Wildlife Friendly™ approach to conservation on working lands is included in the Survey Guide, and WFEN’s certification programs for fibers are listed in the Companion Guide.

Tools and Resources for Nature-Based Tourism
WFEN’s work is featured throughout this World Bank report. Download the full report on their website here.

Mobilizing Private Finance for Nature
WFEN is mentioned on page 54 of this report by the World Bank Group. View the full report here.

The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation
Some of WFEN’s certified enterprises are discussed in this USAID report. View the full report here.

Diversifying Local Livelihoods While Sustaining Wildlife: Exploring incentives for community-based conservation
WFEN’s work is featured on pages 19-20 and 27-28 of this report by the Luc Hoffmann Institute. View the full report on their website here.

Wildlife Friendly™ Certification and Species-specific Certifications for Products and Tourism
WFEN overview featured on the Encosh platform for solutions to human-wildlife conflict. Available here.

Certified Wildlife Friendly™ Agriculture
Certified Wildlife Friendly™ featured in the PANORAMA solutions-sharing platform. Available here.

Sustainable Development of Wildlife Tourism in Asia and the Pacific: Good Practices and Their Implications
The Certified Wildlife Friendly™ Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour Guide Association is featured as a case study in the report by the UN World Tourism Association. The report can be downloaded here.

The Effects of Wildlife-Based Ecotourism
The Certified Wildlife Friendly™ approach to tourism is featured in this chapter of “International Wildlife Management: Conservation Challenges in a Changing World” by Walt Anderson and Marissa Balfour (2019). Partial preview available on Google Books here.

Tourism4Development, Year of Sustainable Tourism
WFEN’s work featured in this solutions platform for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism (2017). Certified Wildlife Friendly™ Tourism; Certified Gorilla Friendly™ Tourism (a partnership with the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, a coalition programme of Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, and the World Wide Fund for Nature); and Certified Sea Turtle Friendly™ Tourism.

Wildlife-based tourism as sustainable conservation strategy: ecological and management indicators of conservation impact
Thesis by Marissa Balfour, with mention of Certified Wildlife Friendly™ Tourism and related programs as a strategy to mitigate wildlife impacts resulting from tourism. Available on ResearchGate here.

Compounding wildlife impacts of trafficking & the tourism sector: A lens to examine ecological, social, economic, & political indicators of conservation impact
Marissa Balfour explores the relationship and compounding effects of Tourism and the Illegal Wildlife Trade in this poster presentation based on her thesis work which can be downloaded here

2014 State of Conservation Report for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park World Heritage Site, Uganda, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), UNESCO
The Gorilla Friendly™ Feasibility report published by WFEN in partnership with the International Gorilla Conservation Programme and with generous support from WWF-Sweden is included in this publication linked here

Making Environmental Financing Work: Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) – Experiences from the Philippines
WFEN’s former Executive Director, Julie Stein and WFEN Board Member and co-founder Ann Koontz are co-authors on this report. Chapter 5 examines the role that Wildlife Tourism can play as a valuable Ecosystem Service. The full report is linked here

USAID / TRANSLINKS Natural Resources and Development Portal
This portal hosts a library of excellent technical papers and other documents published by or about the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.

The Scaling-up Workshop and Trade Show
Held June 12 to 15, 2011 on Bainbridge Island, this workshop included 44 people from around the world representing industry, donors, conservation groups, NGOs, media, and Certified Wildlife Friendly™ enterprises.
Executive Summary (100kb) | Proceedings-2011 (2.1mb)

Flagship Reports and Tools

Green Marketing Trends
Guidance for Wildlife Friendly™ Products to Understand & Access Green Markets
This guide provides an overview of green market trends using language, research findings, and market segmentation in U.S. markets. The guide provides specific information on how to prepare and position your Wildlife Friendly™ products to be successful in the marketplace.
Green Marketing Trends Tool (1.1mb)

New and Evolving Web-based Marketing
How to Find a Market Outlet for your Wildlife Friendly™ Products
This tool provides guidance on accessing web-based and distributor assisted markets for Wildlife Friendly™ products.
Market Outlets Tool (1.9mb)

Conservation Marketing Equation
The Conservation Marketing Equation manual helps readers better understand product development and marketing that promotes conservation and social equity.

The manual is intended to assist conservation and development professionals in choosing business opportunities that conserve biodiversity while reducing poverty for marginalized rural people. The assumption is that the proposed opportunity needs to be financially sustainable, and this tool provides specific information and product worksheets to assess product market readiness.
Report | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Worksheet 3 | Worksheet 4 | Worksheet 5