A Fresh Take on Your Essential Conservation Tools!

You asked for a fresh and collaborative way to design and manage your conservation work, and the Miradi Team listened. They paired with usability experts to update Miradi and created a modern, interactive online hub for your projects and programs…

Korean translation of OS v3.0 now available

The Open Standards have now been translated into 9 languages!  The latest translation for Korea was released today Many thanks to the hard work of the contributors: Jeong Eun (Anya) Lim, Moonhyun Shin, Baekjun Kim, Raeha Jang, Heejong Kim, Jaehwa…

Conservation audit tool ready for use

This Conservation audit tool is designed to assess and evaluate conservation programs against industry standard best design to help the audited project adopt better adaptive management. Developed and refined for CMP by Elizabeth O’Neill and Sheila O’Connor, it is based…

Operationalizing the Open Standards

This is an excellent guide that explains how to use Open Standards’ supporting systems – Miradi and Miradi Share – to manage project information. In particular, it provides guidance on using Miradi and Miradi Share for work planning, budgeting, and…

Open Standards v3.0 now available in Persian

The Open Standards (v3.0) is now available in Persian and have now been translated into ten languages for practitioners across the globe. A big shout out to Banafshe Razzaghi for the Persian (Farsi) translation and to CMP for financial support…

Open Standards v3.0 now available in Albanian!

Thanks to Ermelinda Mahmutaj and the financial support of the Conservation Measures Partnership, the Open Standards (v3.0) have been translated into Albanian. The Albanian translation can be downloaded here.

2018 Case Study Competition Winners!

The drum roll still echoes around the room.  Hushed, expectant faces turn to the speaker: “and the winner is…. The Road Traveled in Chile:  Lessons and Challenges in Strengthening Adaptive Management in a National System of Protected Areas.” Drawn from…

Open Standards 3.0 now available in Russian

Thanks to Stella Mercurio for the translation and Tohir Pallaev for the final design, the Open Standards 3.0 in Russian is now available.  This is the sixth language for the OS across the globe! Thanks also go to the Conservation…

Forum to share learning of OS in Laos

Delegates from government, NGOs, funding bodies and private firms shared their learning about implementing the Opens Standards in six different protected areas in Laos, April 2018. Organized by the five year German-funded project, ‘Integrating Conservation and Biodiversity in Forests’, this…

Theory of change: study of successful use in Laos

A theory of change that direct incentives to villages and others can reduce the threat of wildlife hunting and increase the populations of wildlife was tested over four years in Laos. The study provided evidence that the approach taken was…

Survey to update OS

Please take 5 minutes of your time to fill out this very short survey to give your input on what key topics you would like to see addressed in version 4.0 of the Open Standards. A group of CMP and…

Powerful study results

For folks looking to make big differences in their organizations and the planet, Annette Stewart’s Fulbright scholarship results are required reading. In Annette’s Toolkit, she lays out how the Open Standards can prime organizations to access the serious financial resources…

Version 3 of the Open Standards now in Spanish

Thanks go to Armando Valdés-Velásquez and Arianna Basto-Eyzaguirre for translating the Version 3 update of the Open Standards to Spanish. Thanks also to CMP for funding this work. This translation can be downloaded here.

2018 Global Adaptive Management Case Study Competition

Help others learn from your conservation work and improve their conservation efforts! And earn a travel award while you are at it! This competition seeks to collect and share cases studies to promote cross-organizational, cross-project, and cross-coach/practitioner learning about adaptive management…

Open Standards v3.0 now translated into Albanian

Albanian is the 8th language that the Open Standards have been translated into, representing a fantastic spread of knowledge and shared passion for conservation. A huge thank you goes to Ermelinda Mahmutaj and her team who completed this giant task.…

Spinifex Healthy Country Plan Review

In the southeastern corner of Western Australia, the Spinifex Rangers have reviewed their progress and overall plan for the third time, adjusting of the objectives, indicators, and activities contained in the plan as needed. Developed in 2015, the Spinifex Healthy…

Open Standards v3.0 now translated into French

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Lauriane Besse Streit – and no doubt many late nights – the Open Standards (v3.0) has now been translated into French. This follows the recent translation into Portuguese as well. Lisa Paix and Damien…

Open Standards now translated into Portuguese

With help from the Conservation Measures Partnership, Gustavo Gatti has translated the Open Standards (v3.0, 2103) into Portuguese. This has been an arduous labor of love, but the result is a fabulous translation into the third language (English and Indonesian…

Project Management for Wildlife Conservation: V2.0

Following on the success of the first edition of Project Management for Wildlife Conservation, WildTeam has released an updated version 2.0, which is available here. WildTeam – a not for profit with the aim of protecting the rapidly disappearing natural…

New Excel online workbook used to develop freshwater CAP for Nevada

TNC’s Nevada staff used a new Excel Online CAP Workbook developed by veteran coach Greg Low to develop a statewide Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for Nevada’s freshwater ecosystems (see here for full summary).  The staff worked individually and in small…

Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands

In April 2016, a two day workshop to introduce the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation to the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI) was run by Ian Dutton, Principal of Nautilus, an early facilitator of…

Winners of 2016 Open Standards Case Study Competition

Ten excellent entries were received and narrowed down by the judges to five case studies, which were then voted on via crowd sourcing. Congratulations go to case study competition winner, Twenty years and counting: adaptive management of Chimpanzee habitat in…

Vote for Case Studies! Learn from Your Colleagues!

Our judges have narrowed down 5 cases that best meet the criteria outlined in the Open Standards Case Study Competition. Now, we need your help to select the top 3. This is a great opportunity for you to learn from others…

New USAID Biodiversity Programming How-To Guides

The USAID E3/Forestry and Biodiversity Office has released three USAID Biodiversity Programming How-To Guides: 1) Developing Situation Models; 2) Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change; and 3) Defining Outcomes and Indicators for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. These How-To Guides provide in-depth…

CMP-CCNet Case Study Competition

The Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) are jointly launching a competition for Adaptive Management Case Studies: Are you managing a conservation project? Are you willing to share your lessons learned with your peers around the world?…

Australian CCNET Muster

Adelaide Zoo was the fitting venue for 25 Australian conservation practitioners who met early August to better suit the Open Standards to Natural Resource Management (NRM) planning, share innovations and to be part of the CCNetOz coordination committee. Akin to…

Miradi features on DEVEX

US-based international development forum DEVEX has featured an article in their “data-driven” series on “5 things to know before diving into data-driven decision-making” saying: Get started now and keep it simple. Use data to design programs — not just to…

Version 2.0 of Threats and Actions Classification Available

CMP members have officially approved an updated version of its Threats and Actions Classifications! Published in 2008 in Conservation Biology, the IUCN-CMP Threat and Action Classifications (Version 1.0) have been used to classify tens of thousands of species, projects, and…

Human Wellbeing Guidance Version 2.0 Available!

Members of CMP’s Human Wellbeing Working Group are pleased to share an update version of CMP’s human wellbeing guidance! This update is based on 3.5 years of applying the concepts from Version 1.0 across dozens of projects spanning a wide…

Mongolian translation of the Open Standards now available.

For a Protected Area training in the Open Standards held in in Mongolia in 2015, a Mongolian guidance version of the Open Standards (v2.0) was developed. This guidance has been approved by the Mongolian Department of Protected Areas Management. Over…

WildTeam’s new manual for project management

WildTeam, a not for profit with the aim of protecting the rapidly disappearing natural assets of Bangladesh, have created an OS inspired approach called Project Management for Wildlife Conservation. This includes a comprehensive, step-by-step manual for project management, plus associated…

Conservation by Design 2.0

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has released a set of three documents detailing their latest version of the Open Standards: Conservation by Design 2.0. It comprises the core document Conservation by Design 20th Anniversary Edition, with the CbD 2.0 Guidance Document…

Mongolia adopts the Open Standards for its protected areas

After a long gestation, the Mongolian Department of Protected Areas Management has adopted the Open Standards to manage their network of protected areas that covers more than 30% of the country. Mongolia are among the most recent governments using the…

OS v 2.0 now available in Ukrainian

Many thanks to Yaroslav Dovhanych from the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (Ukraine) for this translation. In 2010 the Open Standards methodology and software Miradi was used in a joint project with German colleagues from the University for Sustainable Development (Eberswalde). Yaroslav…

OS v 3.0 now available in Indonesian

Thanks to the hard work of a few Indonesian colleagues, Version 3.0 of the Open Standards is now available in Indonesian (Bahasa).  We are grateful to Juliana Tomasouw, Arisetiarso Soemodinoto, Anisa Budiayu, Rizya Ardiwijaya and Sutraman for their generosity with their time and for…