The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation

The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation correspond to a methodology developed by the Alliance for Conservation Measures (CMP) within which several organizations have participated in the process of its preparation, including World Wildlife Found (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Foundation of Success (FOS). These correspond to an adaptive management process that provides a conceptual framework for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

The Open Standards, therefore, establish a framework and guide for conservation actions, and describe how to manage and carry out the monitoring of conservation projects, independently of the strategies to be implemented. Open standards seek to guide the programmatic decisions of project management, and are not designed to fully address the administrative processes and related functions (budgets, contracts and human resources). The cycle of the projects to be developed is divided into five stages, which are reviewed and refined iteratively year after year.


Conceptualization stage

This first stage focuses on the gathering of information and the definition of objectives, in a participatory manner among the key actors. Among the specific products to be obtained during this stage, the following are recognized: The definition of the team and its stakeholders, the definition of the scope of the project, a common vision that represents the desired future state of the basin, and the objects of conservation to prioritize, the identification of threats to the conservation of the basin, and situational analysis, with both biotic and abiotic information, raised in a preliminary manner.


Planning Stage

For the elaboration of the conservation plan around the wetlands of Llanquihue, a work plan that includes strategies of action is generated, with the participation of representatives of the community, municipality, NGOs and other relevant actors, throughout participatory workshops. , work assumptions, specific goals and objectives, success indicators, a basin monitoring plan, a plan to monitor the progress of the project, and finally an annual operating plan.


Stage of Execution

In the execution stage, the strategies designed in the previous stage are carried out. These are systematized in the Miradi software, and are subsequently made available to the project’s stakeholders in the Annual Management Report, to be published at the beginning of each period. These strategies are focused on solving the root of the problems present in the wetlands of Llanquihue, through sustainable solutions over time, to ensure the improvement of the current status of wetlands in terms of conservation. These contain specific objectives and goals, with indicators of success and key points of work, that maintain the correct management of them.


Publication Stage (1 Month)

An important part of conservation projects is to publish the results obtained with other stakeholders in the conservation world. Specifically, the results obtained through the present Methodology, should be systematically published in the online web platform “Miradi-share” to be reviewed by experts around the world.


Evaluation Stage (1 Month)

This stage is essential to achieve the excellence of project management. During the course of the project, documentation is generated on lessons learned and observations collected during the year, which are analyzed and included in the strategic plan at the end of each period