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Management Planning for Nature Conservation

A Theoretical Basis & Practical Guide

Alexander, Mike

2nd ed. 2013, XXV, 508 p. 117 illus., 99 illus. in color.

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  • This is the only text book which deals with integrated adaptive planning for nature conservation
  • The book provides both a complete background to management planning and a step by step guide through the process
  • The book is written specifically for professional conservation managers and students studying management planning for conservation 

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.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Adaptive-management - Biodiversity - Conservation - Nature - Planning

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Environmental Management - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

Foreword.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- 1. The Need for Planning and Core Management Planning Principles.- 2. Structure, Preparation & Precautionary Principle.- 3. Language and Audience.- 4. Local Communities and Stakeholders.- 5. Survey, Surveillance, Monitoring & Recording.- 6. Adaptive Management, Adaptive Planning, Review and Audit.- 7. The Ecosystem Approach.- 8. Ethics and Conservation Management: Why Conserve Wildlife?.- 9. What do we value?.- 10. Approaches to Conservation Management.- 11. Legislation and Policy.- 12. Description.- 13. Features and Evaluation.- 14. Factors.- 15. Objectives and Performance Indicators for Biological Features.- 16. Rationale for Biological and Other Features.- 17. Action plan.- 18. Access, Tourism & Recreation – Definition and Background.- 19. Preparing an integrated plan for access and recreation.- Case Study 1: Extracts from a conservation management plan.- Case Study 2: Access & recreation section of the management plan for Cors Caron National Nature Reserve.- Case Study 3: The relationship between species and habitat features.- 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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Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India

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