Building Resilient Communities and Natural Systems 

Nautilus Principal Ian Dutton recently joined conservation coaches from more than 30 countries at the 2018 Conservation Coaches Network Rally (  The Rally is held every two years and brings together Open Standards Coaches ( to share experience and explore new areas of practice.  

This year’s meeting was held, for the first time, in Australia, which is especially appropriate given the widespread use of OS approaches there by conservation, government and community organizations; a paper by Carr et al in 2017 described the use of OS approaches in >140 projects covering >160 million ha ( The 2018 Rally focus was on resilience which is especially appropriate given the challenges posed to natural and human communities by climate change. 

Dutton co-led two sessions with global OS Coaches: (a) applications of impact investing in conservation which focused on innovative ways to achieve and measure impact and (b) an interactive session on ways to enhance evaluation culture and practice in conservation organizations – that session featured a series of case study presentations from Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as a preview of new conservation audit standards.


The 2018 CCNet Rally was held in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area which also forms much of the key watershed for Sydney’s water supplies. 


Together with Aaron Poe from the Aleutian-Bering Sea Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI LCC), Dutton contributed a case study of large scale applications of OS approaches to contaminant threats in the Bering Sea based on work ABSI and NII have undertaken over the past two years. Additionally, he also served as a judge for the second annual adaptive management case study competition that is organized by the Conservation measures partnership ( and designed to promote best practices in OS application. 

Rally presentations and outcomes will be available soon on the CCNet website and Ian will also be leading a feedback session for Alaska-based coaches later this month, including new climate adaptation and indigenous-led conservation planning guidance being developed within the Conservation Coaches Network.