Before completing your action plan, the Eco-Action Team must carry out the WOW-Wetlands audit.
Creating the Action Plan
1. WOW-Wetlands Audit Review
- Using the data from your audit, identify opportunities to improve wetland and riparian health, specifically working on restoration of damaged wetlands and improving wetland 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 the Eco-Action Team can populate with their specific plan of action.
- Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on measurable outcomes and realistic timeframes in which tasks can be completed.
3. Execution Of Tasks
- Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them. Frequent check-ins and/or reminders are encouraged.
- If needed, provide training to staff and students on implementing the WOW-Wetlands campaign, for example, how to conduct soil tests so that data is consistent and accurately measured or how to determine the biodiversity of vegetation or wildlife species.
- 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 wetlands no matter how far they may be from where we live.
- Communicate with facilities managers to agree on grounds maintenance plans that advance your goals.
- 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 WOW-Wetlands 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.
- Add a section on wetlands to your school's website.
- Use the school’s communication channels (broadcasting channels, assemblies, staff meetings, morning announcements, etc.) to share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
- Prepare a school notice board showing infographics, achievements and ways for students and staff to get involved and take action throughout the community.
- Involve the local press and radio to let the greater community know about the school’s wetlands campaign and how they can support your efforts.
- Collaborate with another school in the area to deepen the Eco-Action Plan’s impact.
- Create art projects depicting wetland wildlife.
Action Plan Forms