VCA Guidance


Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch was founded by Google, Skytruth, and Oceana in 2014. Their vision was to launch a transparency platform that would reveal the location and behaviors of commercial fishing fleets everywhere on the oceans through a freely accessible fishing activity map and processed data sets. Their purpose was to protect the world’s fisheries, which are an important source of protein for almost half of the people on the planet and yet, we have allowed them to be decimated by overfishing.

Website: [Published: 2014]
Wildlife Conservation, Markets & Trade, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Global
These Guidelines are designed to be applicable to the full spectrum of conservation translocations. They are based on principle rather than example.  Throughout the Guidelines there are references to accompanying Annexes that give further detail.

IUCN/SSC (2013). Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations. Version 1.0. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN Species Survival Commission,  viiii + 57 pp. [Published: 2013]
Wildlife Conservation, Production & Utilisation, Global
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Integrating biodiversity considerations into siting and design decisions for hotel and resort developments is important not only for the continued viability and conservation of the ecosystems, but also for the long-term financial success of the hotels and resorts.

Siting and Design of Hotels and Resorts: Principles and Case Studies for Biodiversity Conservation. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. 56 pp. [Published: 2012]
Conservation Management, Guidelines, Recreation and Tourism, Global
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This document is intended to guide the efforts of protected area managers and partner organizations aimed at restoring natural, cultural and other important values of protected areas.

Keenleyside, K.A., N. Dudley, S. Cairns, C.M. Hall, and S. Stolton (2012). Ecological Restoration for Protected Areas: Principles, Guidelines and Best Practices. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. x + 120pp. [Published: 2012]
Habitat Conservation, Protected Areas, Global
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This guidance is designed to offer advice to planning practitioners on how green infrastructure and biodiversity can be enhanced and protected through the planning system. [Published: 2012]
Conservation Management, Europe
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IFC Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources

Performance Standard 6 recognizes that protecting and conserving biodiversity, maintaining ecosystem services, and sustainably managing living natural resources are fundamental to sustainable development.  IFC Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources - International Finanace Coorperation, World Bank Group, 1 January 2012 [Published: 2012]
Conservation Management, Standards, Global
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IFC Performance Standard 1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts

Performance Standard 1 underscores the importance of managing environmental and social performance throughout the life of a project. An effective Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) is a dynamic and continuous process initiated and supported by management, and involves engagement between the client, its workers, local communities directly affected by the project (the Affected Communities) and, where appropriate, other stakeholders. [Published: 2012]
Conservation Management, Standards, Agriculture and Ranching, Global
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Biodiversity and ecosystem services guide and checklists

The aim of this guide is threefold. Firstly, it explains the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and the oil and gas industry. Secondly, it provides a set of checklists to help identify the main ecosystem service dependencies and impacts of oil and gas developments. Thirdly, it highlights key associated risks and opportunities for oil and gas companies, and provides guidance on potential measures for managing them.  [Published: 2011]
Habitat Conservation, Guidelines, Extractive Industries, Global
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Frameworks for managing Wetlands of International Importance and other wetland sites

The present Handbook provides assistance with a central area of implementation of the Ramsar Convention. The text in this Handbook is drawn mainly from several Resolutions and their Annexes, and the substance of it thus reflects formal decisions adopted by the Conference of Contracting Parties. The Handbook also brings together additional information relevant to this issue. [Published: 2010]
Habitat Conservation, VCA Guidance, Global
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BurrenLIFE Best Practice Guide No. 1 The BurrenLIFE project has worked closely with Burren farmers and other experts to create a blueprint for farming in the Burren, through which farmers can earn a decent living from the land and continue their longstanding role as producers of quality food and custodians of a magnificent heritage and landscape. [Published: 2010]
Conservation Management, Agriculture and Ranching, Europe
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