Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2018
Date published: 06/2018
Authors: Vanessa Adams, Morena Mills, Rebecca Weeks, Daniel Segan, Robert Pressey, Georgina Gurney, Craig Groves, Frank Davis, Jorge Álvarez-Romero
Journal title: Ambio
ISSN: 0044-7447

The field of systematic conservation planning has grown substantially, with hundreds of publications in the peer-reviewed literature and numerous applications to regional conservation planning globally. However, the extent to which systematic conservation plans have influenced management is unclear. This paper analyses factors that facilitate the transition from assessment to implementation in conservation planning, in order to help integrate assessment and implementation into a seamless process. We propose a framework for designing implementation strategies, taking into account three critical planning aspects: processes, inputs, and context. Our review identified sixteen processes, which we broadly grouped into four themes and eight inputs. We illustrate how the framework can be used to inform context-dependent implementation strategies, using the process of ‘engagement’ as an example. The example application includes both lessons learned from successfully implemented plans across the engagement spectrum, and highlights key barriers that can hinder attempts to bridge the assessment-implementation gap.

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