This page includes “how-to” guidance and training materials designed to help teams implement the Open Standards (e.g., training manuals and presentations). Note that we also provide a list of tools which serve as important resource but which do not provide step-by-step guidance.

For information about the formal vetting process for tools and guidance, see Using Open Standards.

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Viability Worksheet (TNC 2003)

Description: This short technical guide by the TNC to assess the viability of targets was developed to help practitioners accurately document key environmental attributes, indicators and indicator ratings because of “the complexity and importance of this section in defining and…

WWF Programme Standards: Step 2 – Design

Description: This module was developed as part of an online learning experience to help WWF partners and staff learn how to apply Step 2 (Design) of WWF’s Standards for Conservation Project and Programme Management (WWF Programme Standards or PPMS). These…

Conceptual Models (WWF 2005)

Description: This document is intended as a guidance resource to support the implementation of the WWF Standards of Conservation Project and Programme Management. It is a very good resource, but predates discussion about Human Wellbeing Targets and climate change. Full…

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…

Monitoring Plan (WWF 2005)

Description: This guidance resource supports the implementation of the WWF Standards of Conservation Project and Programme Management. Although lacking in examples to illustrate the steps involved in moving from results chain to monitoring plan, it is a very good resource. …