To produce an action plan that sets out clear, assigned, budgeted, practical steps for immediate and medium-term actions for ASAP fishes. This Action Plan will form the basis of a new programme of work under the Shoal–ASAP–Mandai Nature partnership.
The Action Plan for the urgent conservation of ASAP fish species will be developed through expert input alone. There will be no further research or field surveys conducted. The project will facilitate implementation of critical actions as soon as possible. The project will be led and coordinated by representatives from the three project partners (ASAP, Shoal, Mandai Nature). A core team of experts will be identified to provide information, advise on the prioritisation and design the final set of actions. Other experts will be consulted, and the project will conclude with the action plan presented in a final report.
Data and Information collation
The primary process of the project is to collate, sort and analyse the information available on each of the species. The aim is to provide sufficient information to understand the most important and efficient conservation strategies required and how these may be related between species, such as suitable groupings of species for actions thematically, for example geographically, threat- based etc. These data are being held in a shared database. Initial data have been collated for each species based on information from the IUCN Red List, but more information, much of it unpublished, is now available for many of the species, and will be further assessed and analysed. Data gaps will be filled, as far as possible, by expert inputs. It is assumed that there will still be many fundamental data gaps. Filling many of these gaps will undoubtedly be part of the final set of proposed actions.
Planning and prioritisation
As the data are being collated and sorted, the project team will begin to analyse the information and prepare a process for developing an action plan. Towards the end of the process, the core team of experts will meet to confirm the data (if necessary) and to set conservation priorities for the fishes. The purpose of this workshop will be to identify priority actions in the short, medium and long term, and not as an information compiling exercise.
The aim is to hold a consultation workshop in the third quarter of 2020 with the final action plan completed by the end of 2020. This will however be very dependent on the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The project will conclude with a written action plan based on the conclusions of the meeting after expert review. The action plan will include immediate, budgeted priority conservation actions assigned to named parties wherever possible for implementation to specified timelines.