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Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation

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The Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC) was established in 2003 with the goal of supporting decision making in conservation and environmental management. CEBC promotes evidence-based practice through the production and dissemination of systematic reviews on both the effectiveness of management and policy interventions and on the impact of human activities on the natural environment. With support from a wide range of organisations in the environmental and academic sectors, the CEBC now acts as both a source of advice on evidence-based practice and a co-ordinating Centre of the fast-growing Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) helping others to undertake systematic reviews on issues of concern to policy and practice. This website acts as a primary gateway to reliable information on effectiveness based on the best available scientific evidence.

To find out more about the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation, its rationale and function, please visit the 'CEBC Background' page.

For a background on systematic reviews and, please see our 'Evidence-Based Conservation' section.

To browse completed systematic reviews and protocols - go to the CEE open-access journal 'Environmental Evidence' or to the archive in the CEE Library.


  • Prof. Andrew Pullin, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC) based in SENRGY, was invited to present the Centre’s work on systematic review and evidence synthesis to Defra’s Strategic Network Evidence Group at their meeting ‘Evidence Reviews and Communicating Evidence Quality’ in London on Nov 5th. The meeting was attended by Defra’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Prof Ian Boyd, and Defra Permanent Secretary, Bronwyn Hill. The CEE Guidance, originally developed at CEBC, is now recognised by Defra (and similar organisations globally) as a ‘gold standard’ methodology for evidence synthesis to inform decision making and policy formation in the environmental sector.

  • New CEE Systematic Map published: Evidence on the environmental impacts of farm land abandonment in high altitude/mountain regions. Link.
  • New project starts at CEBC on identifying evidence of human health impacts from alien invasive species under climate change: click here
  • New CEE systematic review published on Evaluating effects of land management on greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances in boreo-temperate lowland peatland systems
  • New CEE systematic review published on human wellbeing impacts of terrestrial protected areas.

  • New CEE systematic review just published online on the conservation impacts of between-population outbreeding. The translocation of plants or animals between populations has been used in conservation to reinforce populations of threatened species, and may be used in the future to buffer species' ranges from the anticipated effects of climate change. This population admixture can result in outbreeding, and has the potential to undermine conservation plans that mix populations of declining or threatened species.

  • Follow CEE on Twitter @EnvEvidence

  • Job Advert: Postdoc available in Evidence-Based Conservation in Ottawa - link
  • CEE now has an open Discussion Group on the LinkedIn platform. If you are registered on LinkedIn simply search for Collaboration for Environmental Evidence under 'Groups' and join in!

  • CEBC has been used as the model for the establishment of a new centre for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) in Sweden. CEBC Director, Prof. Andrew Pullin comments on this exciting development in the EviEM Annual Report. Click Here.

  • CEBC welcomes the creation of new CEE centres. Two new CEE Centres have been established alongside CEBC to reflect the global scope of CEE systematic reviews. Further details.

Current projects

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