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CMP Conservation Actions Classification v 2.0
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The following tab contains the latest version of the Conservation Measures Partnership's (CMP) Conservation Actions Classification. This classification is designed to provide a simple, hiearchical, comprehensive, consistent, expandable, exclusive and scalable classification of all conservation actions (see below for explanation of these criteria).
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History
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This classification system is rooted in work done in the early 2000s. In 2007, the Conservation Measures Partnership in conjunction with IUCN released version 1.0 of this classification. This draft was then updated slightly in Version 1.1 which was published in Conservation Biology 22: 897-911.
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Given that this classification is now an international standard that is used to code data, we cannot change it too frequently. On the other hand, we do need to update this to take into account new information and learning. As a result, over the past several years, CMP has been undertaking a systematic update of the earlier versions. We consulted with numerous practitioners around the world and went through an extensive comment and feedback process, resulting in this latest version. Although we feel that this classification has substantial improvements over Version 1.1 and should be used where possible, Version 1.1 is still a valid classification that can be used where relevant. We have also provided a crosswalk for mapping Version 2.0 to 1.1.
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What's New in This Version
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The Conservation Actions classification has undergone substantial revision from Version 1.1. Key changes include:
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New Level 0 - In addition to the Level 1-3 hierarchical classifications of "families, genera and species" of actions, we have now introduced a Level 0. As shown in the following diagram, at this highest level, actions can be grouped into:
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A. Target Restoration / Stress Reduction Actions
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B. Behavorial Change / Threat Reduction Actions
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C. Enabling Condition Actions
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New Action Types - Whereas Version 1.1 focused primarily on direct conservation actions, the action classification now attempts to encompass all types of activities undertaken by conservation organizations. To this end, we have added new actions at all levels to describe activities such as:
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6.3 Land/Water Use Zoning & Designation
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8. Research & Monitoring
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10.1 Internal Organizational Management & Administration
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Comprehensive Level 3 (Beta) - Version 1.1 had only examples of Level 3 actions. In this version, however, we are now introducing an initial attempt to create a more comprehensive breakdown of actions at this "species" level. Our ultimate aim is to provide a more detailed way of describing and referencing conservation actions. Although we have done extensive work and some testing of this new Comprehensive Level 3, it is likely to undergo substantial revision and updating in the coming year or two. As a result, we are releasing Level 3 as a "beta version" (this beta designation does NOT apply to Levels 1 & 2).
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Links to CAML - The theory of change behind each action in this classification can be represented in a generic results chain diagram. We are developing a catalogue of these results chains in the Conservation Actions and Measures Library (CAML)
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www.miradishare.org/actions.
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Criteria for the Ideal Conservation Actions Classification
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There is no one "right" classification system. Instead, we attempted to develop a system that optimizes the following criteria:
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Simple - Uses clear language and examples / understandable by practitioners
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Hiearchical - Creates a logical way of grouping items that are related to one another to facilitate use of the classification and meaningful analyses at different levels
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Comprehensive - Contains all possible items, at least at higher levels of the hierarchy
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Consistent - Ensures that entries at a given level of the classification are of the same type
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Expandable - Enables new items to be added to the classification if they are discovered
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Exclusive - Allows any given item to only be placed in one cell within the hierarchy
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Scalable - Permits the same terms to be used at all geographic scales
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