Building Partnerships

Andrey Nekrasov / Rewilding Europe

Building Successful Relationships with Partners and Stakeholders in Landscape Projects

Context & Opportunity

Effective relationships between individuals and organisations are critical to the success of any large project. This is particularly true of landscape and seascape restoration, where the scale and nature of initiatives often means that successful delivery relies on the actions of a number of stakeholders working together. However, project leaders and partners rarely have complete control over the activities of these stakeholders, and so must rely on trust and persuasion to achieve their goals.

This project sought to explore the features of a successful partnership for achieving effective landscape-scale restoration, with a particular focus on identifying and understanding the characteristics of the organisations, relationship and individuals involved. This was used as the basis for creating guidance on the processes of identifying and developing collaborative partnerships and associated staff recruitment and development.

Project Outputs and Achievements

RSPB and Warwick Business School worked together to analyse relationships within ELSP-funded projects, to understand the types of organisational relationships and the personal strategies and activities employed by key staff that have created robust partnerships able to deliver ecological outcomes and build the social infrastructure which is essential for landscape-scale working.

Based on these findings, the team identified more general transferable lessons to be shared and applied in various ways across the landscape and seascape restoration community. These findings were incorporated into a toolkit that aims to facilitate the development and strengthening of partnerships for current and future projects, to maximise their chances of success and improve outcomes. This guidance can be used by large-scale ecosystem restoration projects at an early stage, to identify and develop the organisational relationships needed for a successful partnership. Additional guidance is provided to understand the staff attributes that are needed to incorporate in specific roles to improve their partnership’s chances of success. Partnerships at a more mature stage can use the tool to identify where they may address weaknesses or gaps through staff development. Finally, funding bodies can use the guidance to assess whether partnerships proposed by funding applicants are likely to be successful, or to suggest where projects may need to seek new partners or to change structures.

Ultimately, this will result in more effective partnerships and enhanced trust between partners, leading to improved landscape and seascape restoration and conservation both within the ELSP and beyond.

Project Partners

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Warwick Business School

Outputs

How to use the Building Partnerships for Landscape-Scale Conservation Tools

How to use the Building Partnerships for Landscape-Scale Conservation Tools

This guidance and tool can be used from start to finish or be applied at different stages of Landscape-Scale Conservation.

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Partnership Development Tool

Partnership Development Tool

This toolkit can be used to support the identification, establishment and conclusion of a partnership to support collaboration in large-scale restoration and conservation projects. 

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Guidance: Identifying and Developing Collaborative Partnerships

Guidance: Identifying and Developing Collaborative Partnerships

This guidance works with the Collaborative Partnership Tool to support the identification, establishment and conclusion of a partnership.

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Individual Behaviour Assessment Tool

Individual Behaviour Assessment Tool

This toolkit can be used to assess and develop the Categories of Behaviours and Competencies required by teams and individuals for a successful partnership. 

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Guidance: Individual Behavioural Assessment Framework

Guidance: Individual Behavioural Assessment Framework

This guidance relates to the Individual Behavioural Assessment Tool, which can be used to assess and develop the Categories of Behaviours and Competencies required by teams and individuals for a successful partnership.

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