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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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Forest projects attempt to manage or enhance existing forest habitat or create new tracts of forested habitat. Forest projects can vary widely in scale, depending on the amount of land and resources available. [Published: 2015]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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Desert projects primarily seek to create desert ecosystems, and manage, enhance or restore existing desert habitat. Desert projects can vary in size, depending on their location and the amount of land and resources available. Larger tracts can provide nesting, cover, and foraging for a variety of wildlife, while smaller tracts provide fewer benefits. Any size desert can provide important educational opportunities.
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Habitat Conservation, Global
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The mitigation hierarchy is a tool designed to help users limit, as far as possible, the negative impacts of development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES). It involves a sequence of four key actions—‘avoid’, ‘minimize’, ‘restore’ and ‘offset’—and provides a best-practice approach to aid in the sustainable management of living, natural resources by establishing a mechanism to balance conservation needs with development priorities.  [Published: 2015]
Conservation Management, Guidelines, Extractive Industries, Extractive Industries, Global
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Avian projects are applicable in many corporate settings and do not often require specialized engineering or design skills. They provide a wide array of educational opportunities, and can engage employees and community members, such as schools, scouts and clubs, in monitoring and management. Depending on the scope of the project, avian projects can vary widely in terms of reach, cost and difficulty, as well as level of implementation, maintenance and monitoring. This guide offers comprehensive descriptions for setting up avian conservation projects [Published: 2015]
Wildlife Conservation, VCA Guidance, Global
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A biodiversity baseline study is the work done to collect and interpret information on the biodiversity values occurring at a site, their current condition, and trends before a project commences. The biodiversity baseline study plays important roles in supporting the assessment of impacts and risks of a project, applying the biodiversity mitigation hierarchy, and designing the long-term biodiversity monitoring program (if one is required).
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Conservation Management, Global
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As defined by WWF, an ecoregion is a "large unit of land or water containing a geographically distinct assemblage of species, natural communities, and environmental conditions". This WWF document contains the requirements for classifying regions into a set of pre-defined ecoregions. [Published: 2013]
Conservation Management, Global
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The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation are a product of the collaborative work of the Conservation Measures Partnership.  As a starting point, CMP members used the results of the Measuring Conservation Impact (MCI) Initiative, a 2002 study that reviewed experiences in seven fields – conservation, public health, family planning, international development, social services, education, and business – to determine common concepts of and approaches to good project design, management, and monitoring. [Published: 2013]
Conservation Management, Global
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These guidelines have been produced through an extensive consultation process involving inputs from a large number of specialists. They are prepared in response to requests of the Conference of the Parties to both the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Ramsar Convention. They are designed as a suite of optional tools to assist those with urgent need and/or limited capacity and resources to undertake, where necessary, rapid inventories, assessment and monitoring of the biological diversity of inland water, coastal and near-shore marine ecosystems.   [Published: 2006]
Conservation Management, Global
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