Developing Protected Area Conservation Investment Plans
Quick Reference Guide & Workbook
Despite the large amount of time and effort spent on developing PA management plans, many never get implemented due to a lack of funds. All too commonly, PA managers are unable even to cover the costs of essential infrastructure, equipment, maintenance and operations. In many cases, as well as suffering from a lack of finances, PAs also rely on a very narrow funding base, composed almost entirely of government budget allocations and international projects. This can be both risky and insecure ꟷ should one or both of these sources diminish or fail, there is no way of filling the gap.
At the same time, PA financial and management planning processes are often disconnected from each other. Many management plans lack a strategic approach to financial planning. There is little idea of how much funding is required to achieve core conservation outcomes, where it could come from, or how it might be accessed. This means that the activities that most important in conservation terms are not necessarily accorded the highest priority when PA budgets are requested, allocated and spent. Conservation investment plans (CIPs) provide a tool to assist in this process. They give a clear picture of the financial needs that must be met in order to deliver the management plan, locate the most appropriate funding sources, and identify the other actions that are required to overcome the financial constraints to effective PA management.
The basic aim of a CIP is to make sure that the right financial and funding conditions are set in place to enable the management plan to be implemented successfully, and the PA managed effectively. On the one hand, CIPs are strategic documents that are intended to be developed alongside, and as an integral part of, the PA management planning process. At the same time, they also fulfil an important communications and marketing role. CIPs can convey to public decision-makers, government staff, potential donors and other stakeholders the conservation investment rationale, needs, anticipated outcomes and funding requirements of the PA.
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