The Sonoran Joint Venture takes a comprehensive approach to conservation planning. We believe that people are intricately tied to the environment. In order to be successful in bird and habitat conservation, we need to also work with people, and consider human needs. Ultimately, a healthy world for birds means a healthy world for people, too.
The SJV Strategic Plan, last updated in 2008, focuses on the big picture functioning of the SJV and broad-scale strategies for achieving our conservation objectives. The Bird Conservation Plan and associated Waterfowl Management Supplement (published in 2006 and 2007, respectively) provide detailed information about the conservation status and prioritization of birds and habitats in the SJV region. The soon-to-be released Conservation Action Plan will combine these three documents into a comprehensive document that not only describes how the SJV works, but what our priorities are and how we intend to move forward in accomplishing them.
The SJV Conservation Action Plan uses the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. This approach combines biological conservation priorities currently in the SJV Bird Conservation Plan with the human dimensions of conservation. This allows us to better understand the important ways in which we must work with people to conserve birds and habitats in the region. The Open Standards provides a systematic approach to planning, implementing, and monitoring our conservation efforts that allows us to better understand what is working and what needs to be adjusted along the way.
The plan will be available for download in fall 2017. In the meanwhile, you can view fact sheets that provide highlights and the overarching conservation priorities and strategies of the Sonoran Joint Venture through 2025.