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Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning


Adams, VM and Mills, M and Weeks, R and Segan, DB and Pressey, RL and Gurney, GG and Groves, C and Davis, FW and Alvarez-Romero, JG, Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning, Ambio, 48, (2) pp. 139-152. ISSN 0044-7447 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2018

DOI: doi:10.1007/s13280-018-1067-2


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conformance-based evaluation, plan implementation, planning-implementation gap, performance-based evaluation, protected areas, research-implementation gap
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Institutional arrangements
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Associate Professor Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:126824
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-06-26
Last Modified:2019-03-15

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