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Implementing stewardship in a landscape is not an overnight process – getting someone to sign on the dotted line for setting their land aside for conservation in perpetuity can involve many meetings and lengthy interactions. Due to the long-term implications of the commitment involved both from the landowner and conservation agency, it is important not to rush the process. It is better to have a few secured sites in places that count and meet conservation priority targets, than many hastily entered into agreements that are either legally flawed or not located in the priority areas for conservation. Stewardship Operational Procedures Manual - Cape Nature Stewardship Programme, 2015 [Published: 2015]
Conservation Management, Africa
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The guidelines presented here provide a step-by-step process guiding the identification, development and implementation of a wetland restoration project, and as such they can be integrated into administrative guidelines. However, every restoration project is unique, and whilst these principles and guidelines are designed to be useful in many situations, they are neither universally applicable nor definitive.  Principles and guidelines for wetland restoration - 8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2002 [Published: 2003]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) released its Strategic Planning for Species: A Handbook, with a companion Strategic Planning for Species Conservation: An Overview in 2008. In 2010 its Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee, answering to the SSC Steering Committee, was established to promote planning for species conservation primarily within the family of SSC Specialist Groups. The aim was to encourage and catalyse planning work that would be explicitly strategic for conservation action, following the Red List assessment work that many Specialist Groups were engaged in. [Published: 2017]
Wildlife Conservation, Global
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This document provides guidelines to the application of version 3.1 of the categories and criteria, and in so doing addresses many of the issues raised in the process of reviewing the 1994 categories and criteria. This document explains how the criteria should be applied to determine whether a taxon belongs in a category of threat, and gives examples from different taxonomic groups to illustrate the application of the criteria. These guidelines also provide detailed explanations of the definitions of the many terms used in the criteria. [Published: 2017]
Wildlife Conservation, Global
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Grasslands projects manage and restore existing grassland habitat or create new tracts of grassland habitat (an open area dominated primarily by grasses and wildflowers, with few or no trees or shrubs.) Grasslands projects can vary widely in size, depending on the amount of land and resources available. [Published: 2016]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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Reliable, standardized and replicable methodologies for quickly assessing key ecosystem values in the field are essential for conservation planning and decision-making at the local to regional scale at which most threats occur. Rapid biological assessments are a cost-effective solution to this problem, providing data in a timely manner to address a wide range of conservation needs, and in particular to establish a baseline that can be used to detect changes over time. [Published: 2016]
Conservation Management, Extractive Industries, Global
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Wetlands projects attempt to manage and enhance existing wetland habitat or create new wetland areas. Wetlands projects vary in size, but are usually limited by existing conditions that are conducive to the soil saturation or inundation needed for wetland habitat, or by the resources and space available to create those conditions. [Published: 2015]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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Pollinator projects create or enhance habitat for pollinators and/or use existing pollinator habitat as a focus for conservation education.  [Published: 2015]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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Marine intertidal habitat projects try to create, restore or protect existing marine intertidal habitat. In rocky intertidal areas, the main goal may be to protect existing areas from negative impacts by human activities such as collecting or routine site operations, and establish a monitoring and control program for invasive species. [Published: 2015]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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Landscaping projects can either be new installations of landscaping, or existing landscaping updated to benefit biodiversity. Landscaping projects stand apart from most habitat projects in that they have a formal, defined and often manicured appearance. [Published: 2015]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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