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Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning

Adams, VM ORCID: 0000-0002-3509-7901, Mills, M, Weeks, R, Segan, DS, Pressey, RL, Gunrey, GG, Groves, C, Davis, FW and Alvarez-Romero, JG 2018 , 'Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning' , Ambio , pp. 1-14 , doi:

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Adams, VM and Mills, M and Weeks, R and Segan, DS and Pressey, RL and Gunrey, GG and Groves, C and Davis, FW and Alvarez-Romero, JG
Keywords: conformance-based evaluation, plan implementation, planning-implementation gap, performance-based evaluation, protected areas, research-implementation gap
Journal or Publication Title: Ambio
Publisher: Royal Swedish Acad Sciences
ISSN: 0044-7447
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