Healthy Country Planning Resources

Healthy Country Planning (HCP) is an adaptation of the Conservation Standards developed for use in participative and cross-cultural situations – typically with Indigenous communities. To better enable this, the language of the CS has been translated into simpler terms, a colour coding system adopted and a flow chart of how all the steps fit together added for clarity.

It has been developed and tested across Australia, and the most experienced coaches in its use are Australian, but it has been used very successfully in the Americas and Asia. It is suggested that only experienced coaches use HCP as it does require adaptation of the exact meaning of terms, and furthermore, blurs the clarity of some other terms

Here you will find what you need to facilitate a process or conduct a training course on Healthy Country Planning.

We invite you to check out resources and to join our Community of Practice for Indigenous Conservation Standards Projects, or to find a coach to help with HCP here.

All these materials are also found on the Conservation Standards website.

Presentations for each step:

Session 00 HCP Introduction slides

Session 01 HCP Pre-planning

Session 02 HCP Dream and Area

Session 03 HCP Targets

Session 04 HCP Health

Session 05 HCP Threats

Session 06 HCP Situation analysis

Session 07 HCP Goals

Session 08 HCP Strategies and Strategy evaluation

Session 09 HCP Results chains

Session 10 HCP Measures and monitoring

Session 11 HCP Work plans and capacity

Session 12 HCP Analyse, Use, Adapt, Review

Session 13 HCP Telling ourselves and others

Session 14 HCP Further Support


Workshop Exercises:

Session 02 HCP Exercise Pre – Planning Vision and Scope

Session 03 HCP Exercise Targets

Session 04 HCP Exercise Target Health

Session 05 HCP Exercise Threats

Session 06 HCP Exercise Situation Analysis

Session 07 HCP Exercise Goals & Objectives

Session 08 HCP Exercise Strategies and Strategy Evaluation

Session 09 HCP Exercise Results Chains

Session 10 HCP Exercise Measures Plan

Session 11 HCP Exercise Workplan & Capacity

Session 12 HCP Exercise Analyse, Use and Adapt

Session 13 HCP Exercise Telling Ourselves and Others

Session 14 Further HCP Support


Workshop Agenda:

Sample Facilitator Agenda


Additional Workshop Resources:


Conservation Standards and Healthy Country Planning cycles

Poster to show Open Standards or Healthy Country Planning steps and how they relate to each other

Healthy Country Planning Summary Reference Cards: A summary guide to each step of the Open Standards for use by facilitators and planning teams.

Healthy Country Planning – tools to support the process (September 2020)

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