FOS’s work with the United Nations Small Grants Programme’s (SGP) COMPACT (Community Managed Protected Areas for Conservation) Program has included an Open Standards training workshop in Saint Louis, Senegal and ongoing virtual facilitation and coaching. COMPACT seeks to demonstrate how community-based initiatives can increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in the co-management of globally significant protected areas by working to improve the livelihoods of local populations. The initial workshop in Senegal brought together local and national program coordinators from 11 different countries around the globe. Together we worked to apply the Open Standards and Miradi to the grant management of these protected areas and World Heritage sites. The methodology and software resonated very well with entire COMPACT team, and workshop evaluations revealed positive results including this quote from one participant:
“Open Standards and Miradi should be used immediately to streamline COMPACT’s approach and methodology and to ensure that the conservation goals and objectives are achieved.”
Since the workshop, FOS has linked COMPACT coordinators with CCNet coaches in their respective regions who have agreed to provide back-up support. FOS continues to support COMPACT leadership in their use of the Open Standards to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of its community-based conservation initiatives.


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March 21, 2012