Upper Wind Creek, Bridger Mountains
photographs (c) George Wuerthner
|The Conservation Planning Institute 8285 NW Wynoochee Drive Corvallis, OR 97330 USA
Ken Vance-Borland, Executive Director Phone: +1 541 231 7949 Email: kenvb (at) consplan.net
The Conservation Planning Institute
To protect and restore biological diversity through innovative conservation planning
that is focused on effective implementation.
To identify and implement priority areas for biodiversity protection using
systematic conservation planning methods, partnering with conservation
organizations and others.
To provide conservation planning education and training.
To conduct research to advance the science of systematic conservation
To make our findings available to the public.
We believe conservation planning must be done within an implementation
framework to be effective. Implementation strategies and tactics must be
adapted to each area’s unique social systems, just as conservation planning
methods must be adapted to unique biological systems.
We work with social scientists to understand a region’s governance, politics,
economics, and people so we can provide conservation planning
that is relevant to the implementation process. We are developing methods of
stakeholder network weaving as a tool for enhancing conservation outcomes.
Conservation planning includes five stages:
1) Gathering data on the locations of biodiversity components (species,
communities, ecosystems, processes);
2) Assessing the extent to which biodiversity is represented in existing
3) Identifying additional areas needed for full biodiversity protection;
4) Implementing protection of those areas; and
5) Monitoring protected areas to assure persistence of biological diversity over
(Source: Margules, C. R., and R. L. Pressey. 2000. Systematic conservation
planning. Nature 405:243-253.)
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