This classification is CMP’s international standard that is used to code data covering all conservation actions. It is based on the following criteria:

  • Simple – Uses clear language and examples / understandable by practitioners
  • Hierarchical – Creates a logical way of grouping items that are related to one another to facilitate use of the classification and meaningful analyses at different levels
  • Comprehensive – Contains all possible items, at least at higher levels of the hierarchy
  • Consistent – Ensures that entries at a given level of the classification are of the same type
  • Expandable – Enables new items to be added to the classification if they are discovered
  • Exclusive – Allows any given item to only be placed in one cell within the hierarchy
  • Scalable – Permits the same terms to be used at all geographic scales

Compared to the originally published (v1.1), it now has:

New Level 0

In addition to the Level 1-3 hierarchical classifications of “families, genera and species” of actions, we have now introduced a Level 0. As shown in the following diagram, at this highest level, actions can be grouped into:

  1. Target Restoration / Stress Reduction Actions
  2. Behavioural Change / Threat Reduction Actions
  3. Enabling Condition Actions

Links to CAML

The theory of change behind each action in this classification can be represented in a generic results chain diagram. See the Conservation Actions and Measures Library (CAML) for a catalogue of results chains.

Generic results chain showing Level 0 actions

CItation: Conservation Measures Partnership (2016) Conservation Actions Classification (v2.0)

Copy of CMP Actions Classification (v2.0)