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.
While on Skomer I spent a long time struggling with the idea that it should somehow be possible to understand and describe what it was that we were trying to achieve. Looking back, I realise that I did gain some understanding which, ...
are we trying to achieve; how will we know when, or if, we achieve our objectives? I then revisited and reorganised the activities. Planning, or at least planning as I understood it, became: why are we here; what have we got; ...
It is about recognising the things that are important and making decisions about what we want to achieve and what we must do. Planning is about sharing this process with others so that we can reach agreement; it is about communication; ...
My firm belief is that management plans must contain objectives, and that an objective must be a clear description of something that we want to achieve. Wildlife outcomes are the conditions that we require for habitats, communities and ...
I wonder if the failure to determine carrying capacity in wilderness areas is, in fact, a failure to achieve the impossible. When management is concerned with obtaining defined outcomes for the 10 1 Why Plan?
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