VCA Guidance


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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This Worksheet provides guidance in support of the Planning Policy Statement (PPS) on Eco-towns, identifying the essential steps required to ensure that the design, development and long-term management of eco-towns result in a sustained positive outcome for biodiversity.  [Published: 2009]
Conservation Management, Global
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The second in a series of project management handbooks, dealing with monitoring and evaluation as a pathway to learning in a people-centred development context

Compiled by Cape Action for People and the Environment
  [Published: 2008]
Conservation Management, Global
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These guidelines have been produced through a lengthy and detailed consultative process. But no guidance can be totally comprehensive. We present them as a tool to assist those that need help to try to obtain better information effectively. The guidelines should be considered in the context of available local capacity and the availability of other sources of assistance with obtaining information. In particular, we stress that they should be used, if necessary, as a means to supplement information available
through traditional and local knowledge.

Guidelines for the rapid ecological assessment of biodiversity in inland water, coastal and marine areas. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity,Montreal, Canada, CBD Technical Series no. 22 and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, Gland, Switzerland, Ramsar Technical Report no. 1.   [Published: 2006]
Habitat Conservation, Global
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We trust that this document will encourage and guide ICMM members to invest in the challenges of becoming positive contributors to biodiversity conservation. The
return on that investment will be responsible and sustainable access to mineral resources and a role in their development. [Published: 2006]
Conservation Management, Guidelines, Extractive Industries, Global
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