“Open Standards” for the Practice of Conservation

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How Can Conservation Organizations share a common language and framework for increased learning and adaptive management? 

In a world with competing interests and an ever increasing pressure on the natural world, it is important that resources spent on biodiversity conservation are used to their utmost efficacy. Biodiversity conservation is often a moving target, and the stakes are high. How much protection is enough? Which tactics are the most effective? How do we know if costly projects and plans are actually working?

As with any other complex challenge, we need a system to assess the effectiveness of our actions. We need a system of adaptive management in conservation, one that helps organizations determine what is working, how management can be improved, and how actions should be changed for better outcomes.

To begin answering these questions a coalition of different conservation groups called the Conservation Measures Partnership created the Open Standards for the Practice of…

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