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Set Biodiversity Management Priorities

Scope of Priority-setting

Setting priorities for biodiversity management effort requires the development of information and decisions through a deliberative process of:

* environmental and resource characterisation.  This includes consideration of structural levels of the relevant biosystem, at species or taxon, community or habitat,  ecosystem type, and biome levels; and spatial levels of site or patch, mosaic of sites, ecological unit (district or region), or environmental domain, with all the scope of biodata required for any level.

* biosystemic definition. This includes understanding of the human drivers or dynamic influences on the existence and character of the biodiversity resource or relevant biosystem, including past and present environmental and management influences, and present risks and controls.

* normative framework building. This includes development of goals for management drawn from the explicit values embedded in the resource, and from all extrinsic factors understood from the definition of the biosystem .  

* significance assessment or evaluation. This includes the normative or values-based interpretation or evaluation of relative importance of any one biosystem as a resource, as against another with the same or different characteristics, but using an objectively defined framework of considerations or criteria in the evaluation, including the definition of relationships between criteria such as use of weightings; ranking of relative significance at any level of the resource is included in this activity.

* applying decision-making frameworks (eg. strategic planning, risk management, policy evaluation frameworks). This includes making judgements about strategy or policy for biodiversity management, that may integrate prior information and decisions on goals, values, risks, significance, and the constraints or opportunities in the management environment for operational action.

* deciding or setting priorities with respect to any strategic or operational management action. This includes assessment of all preceeding information or decisions to inform decisions on relative priorities for biodiversity management action as to time or duration, location, effort, and expected results. Priority-setting is clearly the strategic arena for biodiversity management , and with the required prior steps, has enormous biodata management implications and needs.

* monitoring, assessing results and reviewing effectiveness, success or progress of any biodiversity management efforts at any level of strategy or operation, time horizon or other management system.  This provides the context for iteration of any of the previous steps. 

Use Case

Adrienne, a Senior Policy Analyst, has been asked to report to Council on progress with regional biodiversity management priorities, and to suggest any changes that should be made to those priorities. Adrienne asks Brian, the Biodiversity Manager, for some data to use in this report. Brian sets out to find data that shows what species and habitats exist in the region, how important they are, and where effort is likely to make the most difference.