Can the Open Standards be applied at large scales?
Yes, the Open Standards can be applied at any geographic, temporal, or programmatic scale. The level of detail and the types of actions teams take will vary, but the general process applies across all scales.
I have heard that the Open Standards are not rigorous in terms of monitoring and assessing impact. Is this true?
Absolutely not. The Open Standards are a general process. This process states that teams should specify assumptions and monitor them. However, how a team monitors its assumptions will depend on its needs, budget, and degree to which it needs or wants to establish causality. So, a team could develop a very rigorous research design using randomized controlled trials, or it could use a less rigorous approach using a quasi-experimental or non-experimental design.
Do the Open Standards consider human wellbeing?
Yes, the Open Standards are oriented toward projects with conservation as the main objective. However, many conservation efforts are social in nature and/or provide direct and indirect social benefits. In 2012, CMP approved guidance on how to use the Open Standards to help clarify how conservation contributes to and relates to human wellbeing. Click here to access that guidance.