Q&A

      1. Will you work on projects other than ecosystem services?
      2. Do you create projects, or do people need to come to you with projects?
      3. Do you provide financial support, or are you in any way connected to micro-finance projects?
      4. How do your services work? How much do they cost?
      5. Do you undertake whole projects, like an environmental consultancy?
      6. Will you contribute to larger projects?
      7. Are you affiliated with any institutions, and is your work in any way connected with other institutions?
      8. You all seem very new…how can I be sure of you?
      9. Why are you doing this?
      10. Ok…you’ve got my attention. How can I get in touch?

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  • Will you work on projects other than ecosystem services?

We will consider working on a wide range of projects that are related to conservation and sustainability. We have strong backgrounds in ecosystem service-related work. If you have an idea, get in touch, and we can figure out together if it is something we can contribute to.    (top)

  • Do you create projects, or do people need to come to you with projects?

We recognize the value of the knowledge and experience that practitioners gain from working on the ground every day. Because of this, we are aiming to maintain a bottom-up/grassroots approach to our work in which we support what you are doing, not the other way around.    (top)

  • Do you provide financial support, or are you in any way connected to micro-finance projects?

We do not provide financial support to projects and we have no connection to micro-finance. If that is what you are interested in, then you will have to go elsewhere.     (top)

  • How do your services work? How much do they cost?

Great question! We would like to be able to provide support to the work of small conservation efforts (including ecotourism) through the provision of advice and help related to economic analyses. Because we know that the budgets of small conservation efforts are often extremely tight, we would like to be able to provide our services for free on this type of project. It does mean, however, that the timing of our involvement in your projects will have to be flexible, as our involvement will have to be in our free time. All that we ask in turn, is that we be allowed to create a small case study summary of our contributions to your project, for dissemination on this website, once our work is complete. If this sounds like it might work for you, and you are interested in seeing if there is a way we can be of assistance, please get in touch!      (top)

  • Do you undertake whole projects, like a consultancy?

At this time, we do not have the capacity to take on the responsibility for completing whole projects. Instead, we will work with you to target the parts of your economic analysis that constitute bottlenecks to its completion, and will help to either remove, or lessen the severity of, those bottlenecks. We expect this will be the most efficient/productive use of our capacity at this time.     (top)

  •  Will you contribute to larger projects?

We don’t have a single definition of what constitutes a ‘small’ conservation effort/project just now, but we are hoping to be able to provide support to people/projects to whom such support would not otherwise be accessible because of the size of their operation. If you are unsure about whether or not your operation would count as ‘small,’ get in touch with us to discuss it. In the future, as we get more established, we might be able to broaden our scope to include larger projects, but for now, we are going to restrict our focus to providing support to small conservation efforts.     (top)

  • Are you affiliated with any institutions, and is your work in any way connected with other institutions?

All of our volunteers contribute to Wild Economics strictly in their personal time, and maintain careers that are separate from the activities of Wild Economics. As such, neither Wild Economics, nor any of its work, is  connected to, or affiliated with, any other institutions or companies (including the places of employment of Wild Economics volunteers).     (top)

  • You all seem very new…how can I be sure of you?

We are new, but we hope to become more established with time. So for now, the best way to evaluate whether we might be able to help you is to get in touch! Before beginning any work on any project, we want to have an open and honest discussion with you about what you are looking for, and to what extent we can provide it.  We will be clear about what we can and cannot do, the timelines we can work to, and about the experience of our volunteers with respect to what you would like help with. If, after this conversation, both you and we think that our volunteers can make a meaningful contribution to your project, then we can talk about how to best arrange it. And if, for whatever reason, we don’t seem a good fit for your needs, no worries. We will never exert pressure on you to work with us.     (top)

  • Why are you doing this?

We firmly believe in the importance of small, grassroots and community-led conservation efforts that are on-going around the world.     (top)

  • Ok…you’ve got my attention. How can I get in touch?

Great! You can get in touch with us through our contact us page.     (top)