In 2006 the SJV Technical Committee published the Sonoran Joint Venture Bird Conservation Plan (followed in 2007 by a Waterfowl Management Supplement, focusing specifically on priority waterfowl species in the SJV region). These documents provided the biological foundation for the activities of the SJV. The Plan summarizes the status of bird species, prioritizes these species, provides habitat discussions and conservation recommendations, and lists Focus Areas for conservation action. Combined with the Sonoran Joint Venture Strategic Plan, these documents helped focus the SJV’s strategic direction up until this point.
Because of the great diversity of the SJV area, the Bird Conservation Plan is necessarily complex. The Sonoran Joint Venture Conservation Action Plan builds on and focuses the detail contained in the Bird Conservation Plan into the top conservation targets, goals, threats, indicators, and strategies for each of the SJV Regions: Arid Borderlands, Californian Coasts and Mountains, Mexican Highlands, and Pacific Lowlands.
Conservation Action Plan Process
We used the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation to create the Conservation Action Plan. This adaptive management framework brings together common concepts, approaches, and terminology in project design, management, and monitoring in order to improve the practice of conservation. The Sonoran Joint Venture CAP focuses on Steps 1 and 2 of the Open Standards framework: Conceptualize and Plan Actions & Monitoring.
From May 31-June 3, 2011, members of the SJV Management Board and SJV Technical Committee participated in an initial training session on the Open Standards held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. We followed this up with a one-day workshop with SJV Management Board members in Tucson, Arizona in October 2011, a two-day workshop with SJV Technical Committee members in Tucson in December 2012, and a joint Management Board/Technical Committee meeting in Tucson in October 2014 to continue the process.
The complete Conservation Action Plan is planned to be available for download by May 2017. In the meanwhile, the following Fact Sheets highlight the conservation vision, goals, challenges, and priority strategies for each region.