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Conservation Area Planning for Tangible Cultural Resources

The Nature Conservancy

Conservation Area Planning (CAP) is a methodology developed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and its partners to analyze information about a natural area and plan activities that best address priority conservation needs. Although this tool was designed for the conservation of biological diversity, TNC’s worldwide experience demonstrate that many of these areas include valuable cultural heritage that should also be preserved. This document presents a summary of a methodology that can be applied to plan the conservation of tangible cultural resources following the same process created for biodiversity conservation planning. Generally speaking, the purpose here is to conserve tangible cultural resources and reduce and/or eliminate critical threats (deterioration and causes of deterioration of greatest impact), that are damaging to them. By identifying these priorities, the CAP allows planners and protected area managers to better allocate limited human and financial resources assigned to the areas. The main purpose is to provide a planning methodology for the conservation of natural and cultural resources in a given area.