1 A logic diagram for a concept plan to manage a conservation feature

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1 The condition of a feature is defined by measuring its attributes. Attributes are properties of the feature that can be valued.

2 Are the attributes of the feature within the limits set for the attributes when the feature is in a favourable conservation state?

3 If the they are, then the feature is in a favourable state or condition.

4 If they are not, then the feature is in an unfavourable state or condition and the objective of management is to restore its attributes to a favourable state. The attributes are performance indicators of management.

5 The evidence base for the feature is then consulted to select factors, positive or negative, that can be managed to bring the condition to a favourable state. The evidence base provide facts from which a rationale can be created to guide action.

6 The factors are managed by scheduling actions in the form of projects. A project lists the necessary inputs to specify who will do the work, when they will do it, and how they will do it and what resources are required.

7 Success of these management actions are monitored by measuring attributes of feature to reveal the condition of the feature as an outcome of management. Attributes of the management factors may be monitored to reveal whether the factors are under control.

Feedback from the condition of the feature at the end of this sequence of actions is compared with the desired outcome of management to assess the overall efficiency of the management plan. This is the process of review. If the state of the feature is not moving towards the desired outcome, the evidence base is evaluated to adapt the plan to reality.


2 Examples of favourable conservation state: vision and attributes with limits

Guillimots on Skomer Island, SW Wales
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Welsh Oak Woodland
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Alexander, M (2008) Management Planning for Nature Conservation; Springer