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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I am grateful to Catherine Cotton for recognising the potential for this book and enabling me to turn it into a reality. Thanks also to Ria Kanters for help and support throughout the production of this book. And finally, a very special ...
Once we recognise that management is a process, we begin to understand that planning must be dynamic and adaptable. Even on very small, uncomplicated sites, data management can, over time, become a very significant issue.
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 ...
Recording can become a very expensive activity, and recognising the difference between significant and insignificant information is ... In other words, recording should be recognised as an integral component of the management process.
This will happen for many reasons, including, once again, a failure to recognise planning as a process and a sense of lack of ownership. The latter occurs most often when managers have no confidence in, or fundamentally disagree with, ...
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