Conservation Action Planning

In order to ensure our conservation projects are effective and have the greatest impact possible, we use a system called Conservation Action Planning (CAP). CAP combines scientific and project management expertise in the planning, implementation and measurement of conservation projects.

CAP focuses our attention on what needs to be done, how it should be done, and after we’ve taken action, monitoring how successful our efforts have been.

Connecting with communities is a core part of the CAP process. This includes communities of people in a certain place and people with a shared interest in caring for our natural environment.

These collaborations are built and strengthened through CAP workshops – which bring people together to share their knowledge and identify the most important conservation issues and opportunities.

CAP was developed by The Nature Conservancy in the 1990s and is now used in projects worldwide. In Australia, the approach is being used by more than 20 organisations (including Greening Australia, Bush Heritage Australia and Gondwana Link) and being applied to more than a hundred projects across the country. For more detailed information and resources about CAP, visit our specialist Conservation Gateway website.

In Australia, we’ve adapted CAP to incorporate social and cultural values, particularly to better accommodate the values of Indigenous people. This process, known as Healthy Country Planning, is now used by more than twenty different Indigenous groups across Australia when they are planning their Indigenous ranger and Working on Country programs. You can learn more about Healthy Country Planning here.