Protecting special places in danger of being changed forever requires urgent action. It’s time for bold conservation strategies to boost land protection around the world.
Bold conservation goals require strategic action. In Protecting the Places We Love: Conservation Strategies for Entrusted Lands and Parks, conservationist and geospatial designer Breece Robertson applies her conservation experience, real-world examples, and myriad resources to deliver a vision for success and clear guidance for conservation groups large and small to achieve their goals.
The goals of these strategies are familiar: support species, habitats, and natural resources and healthy, livable communities that are climate resilient and socially cohesive, all without high costs. Robertson's tools, many of them free, feel quickly accessible, effective, and adaptable to a new or existing conservation strategy. Readers finish this book feeling confident about integrating existing practices with geospatial data and modern applications.
With the smart analysis and targeted action explained in Protecting the Places We Love, readers will better identify places needing protection and better understand how to maximize partnerships, inspire, educate, and engage communities and donors, and produce better results.
See the vision and learn to:
- create maps that tell compelling stories to stakeholders and the public
- analyze park system equity and access and show the economic benefits
- map, model, and analyze land characteristics to enhance biodiversity, connectivity, and climate resilience
- use maps and data to gain insights for fundraising, program initiatives, policy, advocacy, finances, and marketing.
Protecting the Places We Love is perfect for citizens, and for conservation advocates and professionals at small to medium-sized land trusts, conservation organizations, and park agencies. Examples from land protection organizations all over the globe provide field-tested approaches to improve strategic effectiveness. Robertson provides a vision, strategies, and resources that can take your conservation efforts to the next level.
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About the Author
Breece Robertson has over twenty years’ experience building and leading strategic initiatives that combine cutting-edge technologies, research, and planning to support progress in the park, conservation, and environmental fields. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Laura Dangermond
Chapter 1 Maps: Turning Data into Conservation Stories
Chapter 2 Enhancing Urban Park and Green Space Systems: Access, Equity, Biodiversity, and Connectivity
Chapter 3 Climate Resilience, Green Infrastructure Parks, and Conservation
Chapter 4 Conserving and Connecting Landscapes for People and Nature
Chapter 5 Engaging Communities to Support Conservation and Parks
Chapter 6 Building Strategy and Impact into Your Conservation and Park Plans
Chapter 7 Evaluating and Tracking Conservation Impacts using Data, Science, and GIS
Chapter 8 Online Data and Tools for Conservation and Parks Efforts
Chapter 9 Using GIS to Power and Support Organizational Operations
Chapter 10 The Road Ahead