Improving the Practice of Conservation

 

Comparing Frameworks for Conservation

Comparing Frameworks for Conservation

Conservationists are generally familiar with the concept of adaptive management, but did you know that teams use many different frameworks and associated tools to adaptively manage their projects? These frameworks are often complementary and can build upon each other to improve the practice of conservation. FOS team member Nick Salafsky joined other leading conservation planners in reviewing these frameworks in Conservation Letters. Published this month, the review Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation compares 5 frameworks for the adaptive management of conservation projects: Strategic Foresight, Systematic Conservation Planning, Structured Decision Making, Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and Evidence-Based Practice.

Read the review here!

 

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Lessons from The Field March 2017

Collaborating for Conservation

Becky Cole-Will (Acadia National Park) accompanies Fred Johnson (IMMWHA) on a worm-along

Becky Cole-Will (Acadia National Park) accompanies Fred Johnson (IMMWHA) on a worm-along

Ever wonder what happens in the intertidal zone – that area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide? As it turns out, lots happens! And lots of people use and benefit directly or indirectly from this area teeming with life. On February 28, 2017, many of these people came together to discuss and work collaboratively to help keep the intertidal zone healthy. This workshop, organized and hosted by Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Institute, with support from Maine Sea Grant and FOS, was the second in a series of workshops that are bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, including clammers, wormers, researchers, park officials, educators, and local and state government representatives. This group is collaborating on how to best manage and conserve the intertidal zone for existing and future generations. Using tools and processes promoted under the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, stakeholders worked to clarify key actions for the immediate future and the rationale for these actions. One action sure to foster greater understanding

Workshop participants sort through results expected from a strategy to cultivate relationships

Workshop participants sort through results expected from a strategy to cultivate relationships

and collaboration is the “ride-along” (or “clam-along”) where representatives from different interests get a chance to accompany one another on work outings. Reactions to the workshop and process were overwhelmingly positive – as an example, one stakeholder expressed, the process was “really, really valuable. I feel very grateful to have been here! I liked the…collaborative emergent organization.” While relationships between harvesters and law enforcers in the region have been tense in recent months, this workshop and the alliances formed through it are a bright spot showing the strength of open dialogue and a common language and solid tools for framing discussions and making decisions.

 

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To protect or neglect? Design, monitoring, and evaluation of a law enforcement strategy to recover small populations of wild tigers and their prey

FOS team member, Arlyne Johnson, and colleagues published a powerful article illuminating the importance of going “full cycle” in the Open Standards process. Published in Biological Conservation in 2016, the paper To protect or neglect? Design, monitoring, and evaluation of a law enforcement strategy to recover small populations of wild tigers and their prey illustrates how a results chain and associated theory of change was used to evaluate the effectiveness of a recent law enforcement strategy to recover tigers and their prey in Lao PDR.

Find the article here!

Photo credit: WCS Lao PDR

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Vote for Open Standards Case Studies! Learn from Your Colleagues!

CMP and CCNet judges have narrowed down 5 cases for the Open Standards Case Study Competition. Now, they need help from the conservation community to select the top 3. This is a great opportunity to learn from others around the world who are using the Open Standards! (Each case is only 2-5 pages). Click here to learn more and vote!

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Version 2.0 of Threats and Actions Classification Available

CMP members have officially approved an updated version of its Threats and Actions Classifications!

Published in 2008 in Conservation Biology, the IUCN-CMP Threat and Action Classifications (Version 1.0) have been used to classify tens of thousands of species, projects, and sites. These classifications have provided a much-needed framework to classify conservation threats and actions using a common language – thus, setting the foundation for sharing experiences and learning from one another.

As useful as Version 1.0 has been, practice revealed gaps and areas needing clarification and improvement. Version 2.0 incorporates experiences from several organizations and individuals using the classifications across hundreds of projects.

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