Common components of a management plan

A management plan for a protected area of whatever shape, size or designation, typically includes some description of its important features, and an evaluation of their condition and what factors influence them. This information is then combined to draw up management objectives and a statement of the actions required. Specific plan formats often include some or all of these elements, but may use different names, vary in the order in which they are dealt with or in the emphasis put on particular sections.

Plans also vary in terms of their intended audience: some are for conservation professionals only, others are also for stakeholders, or even for the wider public. The style in which the plan is written will obviously differ according to the audience it is written for.

In this section “Common Components of a Management Plan” we provide background information on how to deal with some of the frequently used components in management plans based on the experiences of Eurosite members. These include; the use of the Project Management Cycle, Site Description, Objectives and Actions and Evaluation and Plan Review. The information we provide should be seen as inspiration and guidance; we do not intend our comments to be considered prescriptive.