California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Integrated Resource Conservation Planning Program Policies

Elements of Successful Conservation Planning

  • Use collaborative decision-making processes
  • Be flexible and adapt as new information becomes available
  • Use neutral facilitators that are well informed about natural resource issues and run efficient meetings
  • Incorporate regional and national interests into locally-driven initiatives
  • Emphasize market-based incentives
  • Use ecosystem-based approach when developing on-the-ground management strategies
  • Support decisions with data and information that is credible, objectives, unbiased, relevant, and timely
  • Clearly define participant roles and authorities
  • Build trust
  • Promote leadership among participants in different aspects of the project
  • Maintain participant continuity if possible, and deal with transitions effectively when they occur
  • Recognize and address participant time and resource limitations
  • Build accountability and organizational commitment to the process