Conservation Action Planning (CAP) Process Quick Tour Project-level planning & measures within The Nature Conservancy
www.conservationmeasures.org 29 June 2004
Laojunshan Project – Yunnan Condor Bioreserve, Ecuador What is the overall vision and scale of the project?
What biodiversity are we trying to conserve or restore?
What is our best estimate of how the biodiversity we care about is doing?
What threats are creating problems and what is the estimated seriousness of these threats?
Who are the key stakeholders with vested interest in the project, what factors are driving critical threats, and what opportunities exist?
What specific outcomes are we trying to achieve? • By 2008, reduce the mean percent cover of invasive species to less than 5% across over at least 9,000 acres of invaded forest.
Strategy effectiveness measures Strategies East Molokai # Objectives and Indicators Objective: New invasives: Prevent the establishment of new invasive plant or animal species on the island. Indicator: Number of priority incipient invasive species kept off the island Indicator: Number of discovered or reported incipient invasive species eradicated Objective: Ungulates: By 2014, reduce the frequency of ungulate activity to less than 10% in areas with active ungulate control programs. Indicator: Frequency of ungulate sign Objective: Weeds: By 2014, reduce or contain (as appropriate to specific species) the range and/or density of habitat-modifying weeds within selected management units. Indicator: Acres and density of specific weeds Indicator: Percentage of native canopy cover Are our actions achieving the desired outcomes?
How should we adapt our actions and share results to achieve impact at broader scales?
http://conserveonline.org/workspaces/cap CAP Basic Practices FY05 CAP Working Group • Jeff Baumgartner, Global Conservation Approach Team • Silvia Benitez, Ecuador Program • Lacey Halstead, Texas Program • Cristina Lasch, Mexico Program • Genevieve Pence, Florida Program • Nick Salafsky, Foundations of Success • Dan Salzer, Global Conservation Approach Team • Rob Sutter, Southern U.S. Region • Jora Young, Global Conservation Approach Team
LOCAL BENEFITS Strategic thinking and analysis process – aimed at selecting high impact conservation strategies Enables adaptive management at a local scale BENEFITS AT SCALE Facilitates cross-project learning Captures the essential ingredients common to successful conservation projects Enables the sharing of project-level work 2 Faces of CAP
CAP addresses these key questions… • What is the biodiversity of interest and its status? • What threats exist and what’s their importance? • Which stakeholders should be engaged, what underlying causes and opportunities warrant attention? • What specific outcomes are we trying to achieve? • What actions are we taking to achieve the desired outcomes? • How do we know if our actions are working? • How can we adapt and learn and share results to achieve impact at broader scales?