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The European network of site management organisations
How to use the Eurosite Management Planning Toolkit
Thursday 6 March 2003, by Web Team

The management planning toolkit has been designed in a modular way and is housed in an easy to use ring binder so that managers are able to make the easiest and most efficient use of the guidance and keep it up to date. There are six stand-alone sections. If you are new to management planning, read sections 1, 2 and 3. More experienced managers may want to pick and choose and go straight to the format itself (section 3) or learn how their sites can benefit from an external audit (section 4).

Section 1 Why plan?

Essential reading for newcomers to management planning. If you are not convinced of the value of management planning for your site or if you need to rehearse the arguments to convince someone else in your organisation, read this section.

Section 2 How to plan

Once you are convinced, you will need to know what’s involved in writing a plan so you can plan your time and finances. This section gives guidance on these broader issues.

Section 3 The Eurosite management planning format

Takes you step by step through the preparation of a management plan. The numbered sections in the format are the minimum essential headings under which parts need to be written for a Eurosite management plan. It may not be necessary to include information under each heading for every management plan written using the format, but it is essential to consider each one in order to devise as an objective a plan as possible. Other parts of the framework with bullet points or un-numbered headings are for information, advice or guidance. A Glossary of selected, commonly used terms is included at the end of the format.

Section 4 Audit

The tried and tested Eurosite evaluation audit. If you have a management plan which is in the middle of its life or coming to the end, an external audit can provide useful guidance for the future.

Section 5 Training

Management planning is a skilful technique: It cannot be simply learned from a book. It may be necessary to train new staff in your organisation in the principles and practice. This section provides some guidance.

Section 6 Examples

One of the best ways to write a plan is to see how someone else did it. This section has several examples of good practice from around Europe. If you’re interested in seeing these examples or other case studies in real life, contact Eurosite to know how to get involved through an exchange visit or twinning.

Section 7 Next Steps

This section gives advice on how to make the most of the plan once it has been produced.

Section 8 References

Essential guidance on the European Union Natura 2000 network

Eurosite Information is regularly published, to inform members about the work of the organisation, the activities of other member organisations and relevant European issues. Every two years, Eurosite runs an award scheme to recognise and promote good examples of international cooperation in nature management. For summary information about the network and its work, visit the Eurosite website. In time, the website will be used to promote interactive exchanges of natural site management between managers.

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