Uses case studies to make the case for protecting biodiversity wherever it is found and not just within the boundaries of protected areas. Explains challenges and opportunities of bioregional management. Highlights core elements of successful projects.

Executive Summary

Re-scaling field-conservation programs to cover whole ecosystems through bioregional management programs can increase the opportunities to protect and restore biodiversity efficiently and foster its sustainable use. Unnecessary delays and conflicts can be reduced and more easily resolved if the main challenges facing bioregional planners and implementors are anticipated.

Increasing biodiversity's chances through bioregional management means finding answers to three fundamental questions

  • how to create the capacity to manage more complex and integrated programs;
  • how to meaningfully involve all stakeholders, and
  • how to build up and link established institutions, or, if needed, create new ones.