Embracing Social Science in Conservation Planning

Story shared by Leander Lacy, Lacy Consulting Services, LLC, and Lesley Bertolotti, The Nature Conservancy Florida  The Nature Conservancy Florida is demonstrating how nature-based solutions are essential components of watershed management. One area of focus is the Peace Creek Watershed in Polk County, one of the…

Healthy Country Planning Training in Manitoba, Canada

Story from Amanda Karst, Cary Hamel, Emily Gonzales, Heather Barna, Mary Huffman, and Stuart Cowell  What is Healthy Country Planning? How is it different to Open Standards or Conservation Action Planning? Isn’t it just participatory planning? And where the heck is Winnipeg? These were some of the pressing questions participants at the recent Healthy Country Planning…

Strengthening Protected Areas in Magallanes, Chile

Story from Irina Montenegro, WWF Chile/CCNet Latin America Franchise   CONAF, the National Forest Corporation in Chile, is responsible for the administration of the Wildlife Protected Areas. In 2016, CONAF adopted the Open Standards as the main methodological framework for their management plans. This past June, the CONAF regional office based in Magallanes (the largest and…

Open Standards Supporting Monitoring of Key Mammals in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil

Story shared by Gustavo Gatti, Conserve Brasil and Anita Diederichsen, WWF-Brasil.   The scarcity of fauna in Brazil is often related to direct and indirect human pressure, such as forests conversion, poaching, or impacts from infrastructure, for example. A huge challenge protected areas managers face is the lack of updated information on whether or not those areas are being…

Science and Strategic Planning Unite to Enhance Conservation Success for Golden Lion Tamarins

Story shared by Lou Ann Dietz, Save the Golden Lion Tamarin    Since its creation in 1992, the Brazilian NGO Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD – golden lion tamarin association) has coordinated local, national, and international efforts to assure the long-term future of endangered golden lion tamarins (GLTs) in their native habitat, the lowland Atlantic Forest…

Conservation Planning Training Helps Protect Endangered Porpoise in China

Story sent by Wang Luhong and Jin Tong, TNC China   Images below: Yangtze finless porpoise (right), and location of the nature reserves (left) ©TNC  The Yangtze Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis) is currently the only freshwater mammal living in the Yangtze River. Due to the human disturbances, the number of these…