Rosetta Stone of Project Management Systems

For conservation practitioners to work together efficiently, they need to communicate effectively. Many conservation organizations have developed their own systems for planning, managing, and monitoring projects. In the process, they have also evolved their own language to describe these key concepts, making communication across institutions and disciplines a challenge, even though the concepts and processes may be similar.

The CMP Rosetta Stone presents side-by-side comparisons of project management systems used by the conservation organizations in the Conservation Measures Partnership. CMP members have used the Rosetta Stone to enable practitioners within our organizations to translate from one system to another. Understanding and speaking this common language has been an important first step to facilitate learning from one another.

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Conservation Audits

The CMP Audit Protocol provides a basis for consistently examining how conservation projects of all shapes and sizes compare in terms of their adherence to the Standards. In the financial world, audits against Generally Accepted Accounting Principles standards are important in establishing that the “books” of a company are constructed in a way that allows potential investors to understand what they mean. The audit does not certify that a company is profitable, but merely that the financial information is presented in a standard and consistent language. In a similar fashion, the CMP Conservation Audits have focused mainly on the process of conservation, but have determined whether the information is available to enable managers and potential investors to analyze and understand conservation projects. CMP members have conducted dozens of test audits.

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Download Lessons Learned on Audits (2007).