Direct Threats Classification (V1.0)

Click here for Direct Threats Classification (v2.0)  Following is Direct Threats (V1.0) How Do We Define “Direct Threats”? Direct threats are the proximate human activities or processes that have caused, are causing, or may cause the destruction, degradation, and/or impairment…

Healthy Country Planning

Healthy Country Planning is an adaptation of the Open Standards developed for use in participative and cross-cultural situations – typically with Indigenous communities. To better enable this, the language of the OS has been translated into simpler terms, a colour coding…

Climate-smart Open Standards

This series of 4 webinar recordings by Marcia Brown (FOS) and John Morrison (WWF) provides an overview of the Climate-Smart Open Standards.  Another good base resource is the National Wildlife Federation’s Climate-Smart Conservation. Briefly, several adjustments to the Open Standards…

CAP Excel workbooks

Conservation Action Planning (CAP) is a well-spring of the Open Standards, and was codified in an online CAP Excel workbook. Here we give access to both the original and an updated version of the CAP Excel workbook, which can now…

Developing Situation Models (USAID, 2016)

Description: This how-to guide focuses on how to develop situation models (aka conceptual models) to map out the biodiversity conservation problem context to be addressed. It is part of a three volume set. Full citation: United States Agency for International…

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…

Conceptual Models (FOS 2009)

Description: This short guide was developed to help understand and use conceptual models to document a situation analysis more effectively. It predates integration of human wellbeing and climate change into the Open Standards. Full citation: Foundations of Success. (2009). Using…

Threat Ranking (FOS 2012)

Description: Part of the FOS Adaptive Management course, this power-point presentation guides threat ranking, using the Swan wetlands as an example to illustrate points. It is vetted as excellent, but could use notes about when to use the stress-based ranking…

Viability Assessment and Goals (FOS 2013)

Description: Part of the FOS Adaptive Management course, this power-point presentation completes definition of viability for targets and then goes on to use this work to define Goals. Also included here is the breakout instructions for viability assessment. Full citation:…

Situation Analysis (WWF 2006)

Description: This guidance resource supports the implementation of the WWF Standards of Conservation Project and Programme Management. This guidance is very good, but it predates consideration of human wellbeing targets and climate change. Full citation: WWF. (2006). Resources for Implementing…

Threat Ranking (WWF 2007)

Description: This guidance resource supports the implementation of the WWF Standards of Conservation Project and Programme Management. However, the coverage of stresses is a little short on examples, and it fails to adequately distinguish between threats and stresses Full citation:…

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…

Targets and Target Viability (WWF 2009)

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. The concept of “footprint”…

Scope and Vision (WWF, 2006)

Description: This guidance document supports the implementation of the WWF Standards of Conservation Project and Programme Management. Some parts of the guidance are now dated.  It could use better detail on thematic scope and in developing shorter vision statements. The…

Conservation by Design 2.0 Guidance Document (V1.0)

TNC presents this guidance as an evolution in the conservation approach of the Conservancy and the Open Standards more generally. It is centered on four topics: 1) explicit consideration of linkages between people and nature, 2) design interventions focused on…

Online Open Standards Curriculum

Description: ConservationTraining is an open and free learning community that offers conservation-based training materials.  With over 25,000 users from over 200 countries enrolled, its mission is to share training with conservation colleagues across the world. Planning Conservation Projects & Programs…

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…