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CMP Open Standards For The Practice Of Conservation

The CMP Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation is a set of project cycle or adaptive management Open Standards, a framework and guidance for conservation action, developed by the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), for the purpose of bringing together common concepts, approaches, and terminology in conservation project design, management, and monitoring in order to help practitioners improve the practice of conservation. In particular, these standards are meant to provide the steps and general guidance necessary for the successful implementation of conservation projects.

The Open Standards have five main components that comprise the project management cycle: 1) Conceptualizing the project vision and context; 2) Planning actions and planning monitoring; 3) Implementing actions and implementing monitoring; 4) Analyzing data, using the results, and adapting the project; and 5) Capturing and sharing learning. Although we present the Open Standards as a linear series of steps or stages, the entire process is rarely applied in a linear fashion from start to finish. Instead, it is a rough approximation of the more complex back-and-forth movements through which a project goes.

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