Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Formulating a Vision, Goals and Objectives for Protected Areas

by Antonio C. Antonio
March 18, 2015

All developmental plans have a focal point --- a vision --- that is the end part of a road map.  Goals and objectives form part of the start and mid-point of this road map.  As in most developmental plans and programs, upland management (specifically protected areas) also has the need to formulate all three (vision, goals and objectives) as the guiding principles in the conduct and implementation of management plans and program.  The following are brief discussions on these guiding principles:

VISION – A vision defines the purpose of an organization that reflects its goals and aspiration.  Vision refers to the desired future condition of the protected area.  Vision deviation is a reality that needs to be addressed from time to time.  The exercise of oversight measures to revise a vision is also equally important to re-calibrate, adjust and re-direct the vision towards the goal and objectives and make it responsive to changes in the overall plan.

GOALS – A goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.  Goals are largely the general statements of what needs to be attained in the longer term.  These are normally the stated purpose of a proposed program and strategy.

OBJECTIVES – Objectives should be SMART… therefore; specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.  An objective is a specific result that a person or system aims to achieve within a timeframe and with available resources.  In general, objectives are more specific and easier to measure than goals.  Objectives are basic tools that underlie all planning and strategic activities.  They serve as the basis for creating policy and evaluating performance.

Developmental plans and programs start on the right and ideal note of formulating a vision, goals and objectives for protected areas.

Just my little thoughts…

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