Many organizations or departments within organizations are using the Open Standards. The following organizations have formally adopted the Open Standards and, in some cases, tailored them to their own organizations. Some examples follow.


Foundations of Success

FOS uses the Open Standards process in all conservation planning, management, and monitoring processes it facilitates. As part of its mission to improve the practice of conservation, FOS develops materials and conducts trainings and workshops to help conservation teams understand and apply the Open Standards to their work.

The Nature Conservancy

theNatureConservancyThe Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Action Planning process is closely aligned with the Open Standards. Indeed, many concepts around conservation targets, viability, and threat rating trace their roots to TNC’s work across thousands of projects globally.


WWFLOGOsmWWF uses the Open Standards extensively, though the organization calls it the Project and Programme Management Standards (PPMS), the Program Standards, or WWF Standards. From an organizational perspective these standards are a key foundation to support ‘results-based management’ (RBM).   WWF has developed a large portfolio of guidance material for applying the Programme Standards. This guidance material covers each step and substep of the Open Standards, as well as detailed suggestions about Stakeholder Analysis, Risk Assessment, Climate Adaptation, Operational Planning, Programme Capacity Assessment, Financial Modeling, and much more.

Healthy Country Planning

Developed in Australia by a variety of organizations specifically for cross-cultural and participative situations, Healthy Country Planning is an adaptation of the Open Standards used especially in Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas.  It’s key adaptations are the use of simple language, and a recognition that all targets – even conservation ones –  are, in the end, cultural, thus cultural targets are treated identically to conservation targets. HCP currently exists as a set of powerpoint slides and exercises developed as teaching materials.