Management Planning for Nature Conservation: A Theoretical Basis & Practical Guide

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2012 M12 5 - 508 pages
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The first edition of Mike Alexander’s Management Planning for Nature Conservation, brought a new dimension to the modern literature on conservation management. This second edition, a significant enhancement of the original, deals with the development both, conceptual and practical, of adaptive management planning for nature conservation. It is about preparing management plans, and guides the reader through the entire process. Case-studies, including a conservation and access plan, demonstrate the planning process in action. This approach to planning can be applied to any place which is managed entirely, or in part, for wildlife. It can be applied to the management of species or habitats in any circumstance, regardless of site designation. The process is fully compatible with the Convention on Biological Diversity’s ‘ecosystem approach’ to conservation management.

Mike Alexander has long been at the forefront of developing management planning for conservation, with experience ranging from Uganda to Estonia, and from Costa Rica to Wales. He is the General Secretary of the Conservation Management System Consortium, a group of organisations with a common aim of raising standards and developing best practice in conservation management and planning. In 2012 Mike Alexander was elected a Fellow of the Society of Biology in recognition of his contribution to nature conservation and in particular management planning.

This book has drawn on the experiences and expertise of the CMS consortium and other leaders in both conservation research and wildlife management from around the world. It is essential reading for professional conservation managers and any student studying management planning for conservation within a range of degree and postgraduate courses.

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The Need for Planning and Core Management Planning Principles
Structure Preparation Precautionary Principle
Language and Audience
Local Communities and Stakeholders
Survey Surveillance Monitoring Recording
Adaptive Management Adaptive Planning Review and Audit
The Ecosystem Approach
Ethics and Conservation Management Why Conserve Wildlife?
Objectives and Performance Indicators for Biological Features
Rationale for Biological and Other Features
Action Plan
Access Tourism and Recreation Definition and Background
Preparing an Integrated Plan for Access and Recreation
Case Study 1 Extracts from a Conservation Management Plan
Case Study 2 Access Recreation Sectionof the Management Plan for CorsCaron National Nature Reserve
Case Study 3 The Relationship Between Species and Habitat Features

What Do We Value?
Approaches to Conservation Management
Legislation and Policy
Features and Evaluation
Case Study 4 Marsh Fritillaries at Rhos Llawrcwrt National Nature Reserve An Example of Adaptable Planning
Case Study 5 Computers and Management Planning

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About the author (2012)

Mike Alexander originally trained in Fine Arts and Sculpture. He first got involved in conservation working in bird observatories on Skokholm and the Calf of Man, followed by research into oil pollution for the Field Studies Council.

He spent 10 years on Skomer Island - probably the most important and formative period of his life. On leaving the Island he joined the Countryside Council for Wales as a National Nature Reserve (NNR) warden, covering Morfa Harlech and Morfa Dyffryn, Cadair Idris, Rhinog and Coed Llety Walter in Meirioneth. He became concerned at this time by the lack of management planning and systematic recording and in 1987 developed a paper system for planning and recording work on nature reserves. This led to collaboration with James Perrins, a long term friend, resulting eventually in the development of the CMS software and Consortium.

Mike is employed by CCW as Conservation Management Coordinator, with responsibility for defining and obtaining appropriate standards of management on all statutory sites in Wales. His international involvement in recent years has included work for ICONA (Spanish National Parks), Costa Rica National Parks, the Wildlife Institute of India, the Ramsar Bureau, Estonia National Parks etc. Author of "The Guide to Management Planning in Nature Reserves and Protected Areas", recognised by many as a definitive work on the subject. When not actively involved in his full time work (a rare occurrence!), he spends time in wood turning and making furniture. He is also a very keen photographer and has many published photographs to his name.

In 2012 Mike Alexander was elected a Fellow of the Society of Biology in recognition of his contribution to nature conservation and in particular management planning

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