Conservation Coaches Network Europe and Ilia State University conduct international workshop on adaptive conservation management
The Conservation Coaches Network Europe and Ilia State University Tbilisi have teamed up to support sound adaptive conservation and natural resources management in Georgia and the entire EECCA region. They jointly hosted a Multiple Team Workshop on “Adaptive Management using the CMP Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation” in Ikalto, Georgia, on 15-20 April 2018. The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants from 12 countries, and representing national Government organizations (including the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia), various other organizations involved in conservation and sustainable natural resources use (BirdLife partners, GIZ, IUCN, WWF, UNEP-CMS, UNDP), as well as consultancy companies.
The workshop participants developed adaptive management strategies for five cases, including migratory bird conservation in Croatia, the management of a planned serial natural World Heritage sites in Georgia, and the adaptation of protected areas management in Tajikistan to climate change. Participants also shared their experience from applying the Open Standards to various conservation challenges, such as saving the Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) – the rarest bird species in the World – and managing ecosystems to help people adapt to climate change in Central Asia.
The CMP Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation are an approach to adaptive management for designing, managing, monitoring and learning from projects in the fields of nature conservation, sustainable natural resources management and ecosystem-based climate change adaptation. They are widely used as a framework for adaptive protected areas management, and are supported by the adaptive conservation software Miradi. The Open Standards have been created by the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), an international partnership of many of the world’s leading conservation organisations. They are putting in place the building blocks to improve the practice of conservation for a strategic, results based design and adaptive management of conservation projects. The Open Standards are now widely used by conservation organisations around the world and can be applied at the level of projects, programmes and protected areas.
The Conservation Coaches Network Europe dedicates itself to teaching adaptive conservation management based on the OS and has conducted five similar workshops in pan-Europe since 2011.