Management Planning for Nature Conservation: A Theoretical Basis & Practical Guide
Springer Science & Business Media, 2007 M12 4 - 426 pages
Mike Alexander’s Management Planning for Nature Conservation brings a new dimension to the modern literature on conservation management. Combining key theories with real practice it fills a critical gap which has often hindered in-depth understanding of the planning process. The book provides historical and rational background which helps to explain what makes a really effective management plan, and it presents a detailed practical guide to developing such a plan. It concludes with a series of case studies which clearly illustrate the underlying principles drawn out in the text, while highlighting the different approaches demanded by very different sites.
Drawing on the expertise of leaders in both conservation research and wildlife management, and with a combined experience from around the world, this book is essential reading for professional conservation managers and any student studying management planning for conservation within a range of degree and postgraduate courses. The book will be equally important for those attending professional training programmes and courses for practitioners in the statutory and voluntary environment and wildlife conservation sector.
Mike Alexander has been at the forefront of developing systems and methods in the field of management planning for conservation, with experience ranging from Uganda to Estonia, and from Costa Rica to Wales. He was a member of the team responsible for developing the current management planning guidelines for the international Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands) sites located around the world.
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Of course, the amateur (a word which means 'enthusiast' or 'devotee' in its origins) has been enormously important in the appreciation of wildlife, habitats and landscapes and in the drive to value and sustain them; ...
Planning, or at least planning as I understood it, became: why are we here; what have we got; what is important; what do we want; what must we do; what should we monitor? That was over 20 years ago, and since that time I have continued ...
In Chapter 6 I introduce the most important planning concepts. In the context of this book, it is essential reading. It is where I describe planning as an iterative, developmental and cyclical process.
... important population of butterflies. The final case study introduces computing as a planning tool. Please do not think that because this is the last part of the book it is in any respect less important than any other section.
It is important that plans are not over-compartmentalised and that the relationship of each section with all the others is recognised. There are three main areas where an inappropriate approach or attitude to planning results in ...
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