Tool 7 – Extending The Reach of Conventional Analyses

Tool 7 is used to obtain a better understanding of factors that can contribute to, underpin, or undermine biodiversity conservation or enhancement measures.

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Refer to pages  74 – 79 for a greater understanding of the different issues

The four factors that the maturity of the conservation context is dependent (but not limited to):

  1. The state of knowledge of ecosystems and species
  2. The existence of conservation plans, initiatives and protected areas
  3. The capacity of conservation organisations and success of enforcement
  4. The intractability of biodiversity threats

The three broad stages of ‘maturity’ influencing the conservation context are:

  1. Embryonic: factors are absent in the initial stages of development or have significant weaknesses or inherent risks
  2. Immature: the factors are weak or partially established and still present risk to effective conservation
  3. Mature: the factors are well established and provide a sound basis for effective conservation

Top Tips:

  • A summary of the status of the four factors in each of the three stages of maturity is presented in Table 5.3 (p78)