Region: North America
Country: United States of America
Subtitle: Conservation Registry
Source organization: Defenders of Wildlife
The Conservation Registry is an online, centralized database that records, tracks and maps on-the-ground conservation projects. The purpose of the Registry is to help users understand the context, distribution, and effectiveness of our collective efforts to protect and restore ecosystems. It is a synthesis tool that gathers project information from multiple sources. A landowner can choose to manually enter a project, while a larger organization or agency could electronically transfer data for import into the Registry. The Registry can also act as a project management tool for those agencies and organizations that do not have the resources to build their own tracking database or still track projects on paper.
The Registry captures three project types. The first type is a project designed to protect or restore habitat, fish and wildlife, or an ecological process. It can be as ambitious as replanting thousands of acres of land with native plants, reintroducing an endangered species, and restoring the hydrology of a wetland, or as simple as placing bluebird boxes along a trail. The second type of project is a change in land designation to enhance the focus on conservation management. Projects could include acquiring land for conservation purposes, designating a refuge, or recording a conservation easement. The third category includes monitoring, research and education projects tied to a location.