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What is the best approach for developing a BAP?  Is it necessary to involve all the stakeholders in an area or can you do it yourself?  Whichever approach you choose, try to connect – with biodiversity, with other interested parties, with other initiatives – and work together!

Developing an area

If your BAP involves an area in which different biodiversity services are utilized, then a participatory approach will work best.  You will be dealing with a variety of interests and perspectives, and by involving others, you increase support for your BAP and don't have to go it alone.  In consultation with the 'users' of the area, you can look at the value of its current biodiversity and consider the site’s future.  What services will the area need to provide 20 years from now?  And for whom?  Can these services go together?  What would this mean for biodiversity in the area? 

Read more on setting up a BAP for a particular area

Utilizing a specific service

Would to like to work with a BAP in order to utilize a specific function of biodiversity, such as controlling particulate pollution or storing water?  In this case, dream sessions are not always useful.  Instead, write your BAP with a direct focus on the specific function of biodiversity you'd like to work on, and then find experts on the subject and stakeholders with an interest in this function.  Who else would benefit from reducing particulate pollution, for example?  What type of vegetation works best?

Read more on setting a BAP for a specific service.

Practical plan

How to proceed with a BAP involving either an area or a service?  Concrete steps.