- Interpret data from the Biodiversity audit.
- Evaluate needs arising from the audit data.
- Provide realistic solutions to these needs.
- Cooperate effectively as a group.
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Before completing your action plan, you should carry out a Biodiversity Audit.
Creating the Action Plan
1. Biodiversity audit review
- Using the data from your audit, identify opportunities to improve habitat, thus supporting greater biodiversity.
2. Group brainstorming
- In small groups, brainstorm possible courses of action. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
- As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions.
Compile these solutions into a final action plan. Below you will find a sample Action Plan for reference and a blank action plan that you can fill out.
- Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on realistic timeframes in which tasks should be completed.
3. Execution of tasks
- Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and to notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them.
- Provide training to staff and students on implementing the biodiversity campaign.
- Set up the school for success. For example, hold an assembly or create a performance or art gallery to educate the whole school about the importance of biodiversity. Communicate with facilities managers to agree on grounds maintenance plans that advance your goals. Involve community members or organization with expertise in relevant areas, such as habitat restoration or native plants, to help you carry out your plans.
- Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group.
- Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do.
- Schedule a follow-up Biodiversity audit after a few months to measure the effectiveness of your program.
- Calculate the costs incurred and savings related to the changes put in place, as well as perceived or quantifiable improvements in biodiversity.
- Add a section on biodiversity to your school’s website.
- In regular assemblies, share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
- Prepare a school notice board showing graphs of results and achievements.
- Involve the local press and radio to let everyone know about the school’s biodiversity campaign.
- Team up with another school in the area to share ideas.
- Have students develop a database with the help of spreadsheet software to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data.
Sample Biodiversity Action Plan »
Blank Biodiversity Action Plan »