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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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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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