Conservation isn’t just the area left over after other human needs are met. It is a land/sea use that is important to retain biodiversity, ecosystem services, and important economic and cultural values. NatureServe supports conservation planning as an integral part of many planning activities such as land use and resource management, energy, and infrastructure.
Conservation planning is a collaborative process often involving partners in conservation and resource management, agencies and industries involved in planning for land use and infrastructure, and stakeholders. Good planning requires good data, scientific expertise, GIS and specialized tools and models. NatureServe employs a scientifically defensible and rigorous process that defines the important places for conservation and integrates the conservation use into other plans such as land use plans, resources management plans, and marine spatial plans. We assist others throughout the world working from local areas to ecoregions to achieve their conservation goals.