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Sample Wetlands Action Plan

Preparation

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.

Follow Up

  • 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.

Extension Ideas

  • 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.

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