INTRINSIC: Integrating rights and social issues in conservation

Contemporary conservation practice involves working with communities and other groups of people. This requires knowledge about social systems that are often not gained through conservationist professionals’ traditional education. These free resources will help address this crucial capacity gap.

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These training materials are the main output of INTRINSIC, a Cambridge Conservation Initiative Collaborative Fund project between BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Tropical Biology Association (TBA), and the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. Please find an overview of a training package on ‘Social and rights-based principles in conservation’ widely available on an open access basis in print and online. For any questions regarding these materials, please contact Helen Schneider, FFI's Senior Technical Adviser - Conservation, Livelihoods & Governance, at

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Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 1 Social Context

Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 2 Social Diversity

Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 3 Gender

Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 4 Intro to Governance

Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 5 Rights-based Approaches

Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 6 Equity Participation and Power

Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 7 Conflict Management

Intrinsic Powerpoint Slides_Topic 8 Livelihoods and Wellbeing 

Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.

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9 months ago


Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
9 months ago

Thanks Ussi and happy birthday! 

Go to the profile of Jessica Labaja
9 months ago

This is brilliant. Thank you!

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
9 months ago

You're most welcome Jessica! 

Go to the profile of Natalie Rhaodes
9 months ago

A wonderful resource, Thirza! 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
9 months ago

Thanks Natalie and I look forward to our Conservation Catalyst meeting later today!

Go to the profile of Nuno Negrões
9 months ago

Thank looks great!

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
9 months ago

Thanks Nuno! 

Go to the profile of Kate Leftin
9 months ago

Thanks for posting this! I am changing careers from social work into conservation and I love seeing that the intersection of conservation and social issues is becoming increasingly emphasized. 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
9 months ago

Hi Kate, thanks for your positive feedback. Feel free to add your lessons learned about this intersection of conservation and social issues as a post; it would be interesting reading your perspectives on this because of your background in social work. Please also find our contributor guidelines in the link below. Thanks again for your encouraging words!