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 5: Community action plans (1) 

Fritz Schumacher (Small is Beautiful) said you have to start at the human level if you want to change society and build a system to engage and enable community conservation plans.  It is at this community level that ideas and needs are generated by individuals and groups to improve their sense of place.  In this context, Schumacher argued that the first task of government and partner organisations is to recognise people who are already doing something about it (the blue arrowed route in the following diagram),  to support them by asking: what do we need to do to ensure that more of this good work happens elesewhere (everything below the blue line).  Social sustainability indicators are targeted with strategic plans for behaviour change at international, national and local levels.  Through integrated mapping, action drivers are provided for community level action plans to boost a sense of place and provide feedback to check outcomes against social sustainability targets.

This system diagram is really a community action cycle.  Individuals and groups respond to social networks and education for living sustainability to produce action plans for environmental improvements.  Government via the Local Authority, helps by producing social sustainability indicators as specific action drivers, and through social marketing and partnerships with organisations providing toolkits and training, stimulates community engagement and enablement.  Feedback on outcomes from action plans back to Government provide performance indicators to complete the cycle.  If this action system, with bottom to top feedback, is not adopted, strategic plans simply represent Government talking to itself.


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