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The Center for Land, Environment, and
Natural Resources presents

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This report is the product of extensive research, interviews, and intensive collaborative dialogues co-convened with the Center for Collaboration in Governance as part of CLEANR's innovative Workshop Roundtable series.

As some of the first experiments in inter-governmental conservation planning, area-wide, multi-agency Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) exemplify the key challenges of promoting effective and comprehensive conservation governance. The report identifies four topics about which area-wide, multi-agency HCPs provide particularly valuable insights for the many emerging federal and state innovations in conservation:

  1. Managing geographic, ecological, and temporal scale
  2. Fostering effective inter-jurisdictional problem solving
  3. Allocating funding
  4. Managing uncertainty and change

The report illustrates how area-wide, multi-agency HCPs regularly raise tradeoffs between plan scale, depth, duration, cost, certainty, and efficacy. However, close attention to these underlying tradeoffs—along with recognition of when appropriate conditions exist and careful institutional design choices—can maximize the likelihood of effective, multi-jurisdictional, large-scale, and adaptive conservation planning.

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