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Conservation Action Planning

by Leigh Ann Evans last modified Oct. 04, 07 12:26 AM

Conservation Action Planning is a powerful tool to guide conservation teams to develop focused strategies and measures of success.  

Here you will find a full set of tools, resources, news and information about Conservation Action Planning (CAP) and the network of trained coaches who help support CAP practice worldwide.

Conservation Action Planning addresses a complete project cycle at any scale—including design, implementation and evaluation.

The guidance and tools on this site can help you:

  • identify the project’s biodiversity of interest and its current and desired status; 
  • identify the most critical threats currently or likely to degrade the biodiversity; 
  • recognize the social, economic, political and cultural factors contributing to the threats or representing opportunities to enhance the biodiversity;
  • develop strategies to abate the threats and maintain or restore the biodiversity based on the situation at hand; and,
  • implement the strategies, monitor the outcomes and use that information to to adapt and learn throughout the life of the project.

Conservation Action Planning can be executed for any project at any scale. When regional priorities have been set, Conservation Action Planning is used to determine the plan of action for these priorities. As actions are taken and outcomes are measured, conservation action plans are revised to incorporate new knowledge.

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international, nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Using the methods and tools of Conservation by Design, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 47 million hectares in Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific.

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