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WWF Programme Standards: Step 1 – Define

Description: . This module was developed as part of an online learning experience to help WWF partners and staff learn how to apply Step 1 – Define of WWF’s Standards for Conservation Project and Programme Management (WWF Programme Standards or…

Conservation Action Planning Handbook

Description: This handbook, tailored to The Nature Conservancy’s use, is one of the earliest manuals developed for implementing the Open Standards. The handbook is designed as a detailed “toolbox” to help you explore and apply the Open Standards step-by-step. It…

Incorporating Social Aspects and Human Wellbeing in Biodiversity Conservation Projects (CMP 2016)

Description: Conservation is inevitably a social undertaking. As such, many conservation teams feel compelled to address human wellbeing when developing their conservation projects. Prior to 2012, Open Standards users had little guidance on addressing social aspects and human wellbeing in…

Threats and Actions Classifications (v2.0)

Actions Classification (V 2.0) Threats Classification (V 2.0) A key foundation of any science is a common nomenclature that practitioners can use to describe—in a mutually intelligible way—the problems they are facing and the solutions they are using. For example, if a…