Once reasonably satisfied that the resources needed to implement the plan are in place, implementation may proceed (Step 3).

  • A. Develop detailed Work plan and timeline
    • detailed work plans noting costs, responsibilities and tasks (including monitoring)
    • develop timelines
  • B. Develop & refine the project budget
    • Project budget
    • Potential funding sources identified
    • Funding proposals developed & submitted
    • Financial resources obtained
    • Review plan as needed depending on constraints
  • C. Implementation
    • carry out actions and monitoring
    • document and record activities and monitoring

Depending on capacity, implementation may start out small, just starting with ‘no regret’ actions as further information is garnered to bolster confidence in planned strategies.

Monitoring also begins immediately, helping to set teams up for the next step: analyzing outputs, outcomes and impacts to better aim action (Step 4) and share learnings (Step 5).

Evidence-Based Conservation: Journal Paper

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Reddish Egret Conservation Action Plan (2014)

This is a very good example of a plan developed to provide a framework for conservation of a species with a broad geographic range. The Reddish Egret is found along the coasts of the United States, Mexico and several countries…

Altai-Sayan Ecoregion Conservation Strategy

This is an excellent example of a large, multi country strategic plan in the Central Asian landscape, very effectively using the Open Standards. Altai-Sayan ecoregion in Central Asia is a vast wild region covering the region where Mongolia, Russia, China,…

Strategic Plan, Axios Delta, Greece

This plan set up the framework for a subsequent Management Plan for the then recently proclaimed Axios Delta National Park, the marine outfall of four rivers near Thessaloniki in Greece. Led by Ike Tilders (Foundations of Success), the plan was developed…

Strategic Plan for Painted Dog Conservation

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Measuring the Effectiveness of State Wildlife Grant Projects: Phase I Report

This report is a good example of how a national agency used results chains to develop common theories of change, objectives, and indicators in order to assess effectiveness at varying scales and do program-level adaptive management. It also provides questionnaires…