A Conservation Management Curriculum

Cultures of stability
Sustainability indicators
Behaviour change
Ecological plans
Community action plans 1
Community action plans 2
Social justice

Community partnership Coastal zone plans


Map 8: 'Outreach' to 'Transformation'        

 Analysis of very different, but equally substantial pilot projects, suggests that transformation of communities to a sustainable state can ultimately only be achieved by long-term conservation management plans involving a symbiotic relationship between local communities and local agencies. This means that the community must be seen not just as a certain number of service users, and not just as categories of people (youth, elderly, people in a certain condition, people of a certain ethnic background, people with low income) but as a web of choosing and interacting individuals who have the potential to develop multiple productive activities both under their own control, in partnership with public authorities and through constructive influence on the public service agencies.

Contemporary experience is that disadvantage produces isolation, not solidarity. Solidarity needs to be rediscovered or recreated. For this reason small community groups have a potential importance out of proportion to their size. A strategic approach to community involvement needs to be aware of the condition of the whole community sector across the locality and have a developing relationship with these groups, and not only through intermediary bodies.

Without implying that all outreach projects should necessarily develop in this direction (every local area being different), a possible trajectory from ineffective stop/start outreach to transformation can be presented in the form of three stages, as in the following diagram .


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