Case Study about Stakeholder Analysis Exercise
Introduction: The purpose of this exercise is to help your field staff to better understand the communities in which they work, and the roles of individuals and groups within those communities, so you can become a more effective force for community-based conservation. This exercise is a quick, lowtech procedure for identifying a community’s key stakeholders and should result in an outreach strategy visavis these stakeholders that will assist you in achieving your local conservation goals. The evaluation of stakeholders is an important step that enables you to build more powerful constituencies for community conservation work, participate most effectively in local decisionmaking, and avoid potential pitfalls.
Worldwide Conservation Alliance (WCA) hired a new staff person to manage its ten-year-old preserve in the western part of Arcadia County, in the state of Bliss. Previously, the preserve had no onsite staff, and most local residents lived their lives in near-complete ignorance of Worldwide Conservation Alliance. An examination of WCA’s membership database reveals that it has some 750 members in the county, 80% of whom reside in the county’s more urban eastern communities. The preserve consists of three small tracts, 600 acres in all, bordering a small river, which overflows its banks annually. WCA was attracted to the property because the area provides important habitat for several species of rare darters, scores of neotropical songbirds, and the purple-legged frog, which is under consideration for designation as an endangered species.
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