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Reporting is a tool for sharing information with stakeholders about an organization’s activities, impacts, and performance in relation to biodiversity. The Biodiversity Resource Document aims to:
• assist reporting organizations in understanding the issue of biodiversity and its relationship to their activities and operations;
• offer insights on specific issues and challenges related to biodiversity reporting;
• discuss how the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines can be used to report on biodiversity; and
• provide information resources and references to help organizations with their biodiversity reporting. Biodiversity a GRI Reporting Resource - Global Reporting Initiative,  January 2007 [Published: 2007]
Conservation Management, Global
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This report aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion about how to increase the flows of international funds for biodiversity conservation. This discussion has figured in the agenda of all major CBD forums since the Convention’s inception in 1992. The funding challenge has also been a concern of the conservation movement and has attracted the interest of the UN General Assembly, UN agencies, academics, and international financial institutions, which have focused both on how to finance biodiversity conservation and on the broader issue of how to finance the provision of global public goods. A Review of Innovative International Financial Mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation - P. Gutman, S. Davidson, WWF-MPO, 31, October, 2007 [Published: 2007]
Conservation Management, Global
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The state of conservancies report consolidates information and data on conservancies based on key national indicators. The report forms our first baseline for measuring achievements in years ahead and an opportunity for conservancies to gain national and international visibility to enlist support from Kenyans and Partners.

Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association. (2016). State of Wildlife Conservancies in Kenya Report 2016. [Published: 2016]
Habitat Conservation, Guidelines & Case Studies, Africa
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The guidance provided in this Part 3: Biodiversity Impact Assessment Toolbox complements Part 1: Core Guidance for Project Proponents and Part 2: Social Impact Assessment Toolbox. Biodiversity impact assessment requires expert inputs in the design and other aspects of monitoring as described in Section 5, and local participation in identifying the biodiversity objectives of a project and understanding likely biodiversity effects of interventions is usually essential. Biodiversity impacts often result in livelihood impacts as well, and for these reasons the guidance in Part 2 is also relevant to Part 3. Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment are best done in an integrated way. 

Pitman, N. 2011. Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment Manual for REDD+ Projects: Part 3 – Biodiversity Impact Assessment Toolbox.  Forest Trends, Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance, Rainforest Alliance and Fauna & Flora International. Washington, DC. [Published: 2011]
Conservation Management, Guidelines, Global
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This collection of papers was prepared as part of the project on Trade and Sustainable Land Management being implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The project aims to explore opportunities for and constraints to using trade as an incentive to promote sustainable land management in drylands. Trade and Sustainable Land Management in Drylands - ICTSD, ICTSD Project on Trade and Sustainable Land Management, Selected Issue Briefs. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland, 2007 [Published: 2007]
Habitat Conservation, Markets & Trade, Global
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Wildlife ranching in Africa is implementing global biodiversity policies, hectare by hectare, through sustainable wildlife management. However, the wildlife ranching industry needs to be recognised for its efforts and to be encouraged by support from stake-holders. Transparency and public accountability are key to ensuring that wild ranches are recognised and encouraged for their conservation efforts. Ideal Hotspot for VCAs - Dr Francis Vorhies, Industry & Auctions, 2017 [Published: 2017]
Conservation Management, Africa
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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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