• Complete comprehensive guidelines for conservation planning  to be published as a WCPA best-practice guideline.
  • Promote the comprehensive guidelines at national and international conferences, including meetings of the Society for Conservation Biology.
  • Negotiate collaboration and funding support for regional adaptations of the comprehensive guidelines. Regional adaptations will have the following advantages:
    • adaptation of objectives and terminology to get all stakeholders (locals, NGOs, donors, agencies) on the same page (and extend planning to deal with sustainable yield as well as biodiversity conservation);
    • focus on steps of particular importance to each region;
    • recognition of the particular constraints and opportunities for conservation action in each region;
    • presentation of regionally-relevant case studies;
    • recognition of capacity and level of training;
    • design of targeted training workshops to fine-tune effective presentation;
    • incorporation of lessons learnt from projects underway;
    • compilation of knowledge within the region on what works and what doesn't.
  • Establish collaborative planning projects to apply and adapt the guidelines to terrestrial, freshwater and marine regions around the world.
  • Develop a comprehensive database, for open access and collaborative updating, on conservation planning exercises in terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms. The database will assist planners and managers in identifying previous relevant exercises and in assessing trends and best-practice.
  • Develop and launch a web based learning and networking portal for accessing basic information about conservation planning, linking practitioners to the planning database and providing a networking tool for planners and interested organisations, agencies and institutions around the world. The portal would define major issues in conservation planning, provide access to key publications (in particular the comprehensive guidelines and regional adaptations), link to the database, connect planners to each other, provide a forum for discussion groups, and announce job openings and forthcoming events. Annual funds from IUCN should be sufficient to establish the portal. Web site to be hosted by James Cook University, but established by Madeleine Bottrill


  • Publication in the WCPA best-practice series titled “Designs for nature: regional conservation planning, implementation and management”
  • Presentations about the work of the task force and its publications at national and international conferences.
  • One or more regional adaptations of the comprehensive guidelines.
  • Electronic database on conservation planning exercises throughout the world.
  • Development and launch of web-based learning and networking portal hosted by James Cook University
  • Symposium on the Conservation Planning Task Force to refine objectives, identify potential members, identify funding options and other strategies to achieve objectives, and develop a funding proposal to employ a permanent Task Force support person to manage the day-to-day activities of the group, including collaborative projects, updating the web portal and database, workshops, and other events.

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Prof. Bob Pressey

WCPA Task Force Leader

Email: bob.pressey@jcu.edu.au



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