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Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning

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posted on 2023-05-24, 04:08 authored by Vanessa AdamsVanessa Adams, Mills, M, Weeks, R, Segan, DB, Pressey, RL, Gurney, GG, Groves, C, Davis, FW, Alvarez-Romero, JG
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 helpintegrate 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, andhighlights key barriers that can hinder attempts to bridge the assessment-implementation gap.


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School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences


Royal Swedish Acad Sciences

Place of publication

Publ Dept Box 50005, Stockholm, Sweden, S-104 05

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Copyright? Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2018

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems; Institutional arrangements