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Common Standards Monitoring: Introduction to the Guidance Manual 2004

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The introductory chapter to the Guidance manual provides an overview of the Common Standards Monitoring of designated sites adopted by the country nature conservation bodies. It covers the various concepts and terms, and provides the background to the guidance on setting conservation objectives, and assessing feature condition, covered in the later chapters of the manual.

An inter-agency working group reviewed the Common Standards Guidance between 2016 and 2022. The group found the guidance still relevant but in need of updating. These updates include an increased emphasis on an interpretative framework rather than solely as a standard field methodology which should allow for an assessment of condition to be based on evidence from the broader range of sources now available. The updates are explained in the new Statement (version 2), published in 2019 and revised in 2022 (version 2.1), and are consistent with the original Common Standards Monitoring ethos on assessing condition.

The Introduction to the Guidance Manual and the separate guidance chapters have not been updated but are retained for reference, as some of the content remains of relevance. However it is essential that the new CSM Statement is referred to and understood before using the guidance documents.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2004·02·01

JNCC (2003) Common Standards Monitoring: Introduction to the Guidance Manual, JNCC, Peterborough.

JNCC and the country nature conservation agencies commenced a programme to develop guidance across the range of species, habitat and Earth science features which occur on UK protected sites.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2022·09·27

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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