Nature Conservation Strategic Planning

Learn how strategic diagrams developed on Aposphere Insight are used to protect hawksbill sea turtles.

A strategic plan for the protection of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles is developed on Aposphere Insight.

Causal relationships are modelled visually (diagrams) to determine what work generates maximum impact. Work progress (workplan) and impact performance (Key Performance Indicators, KPI) are continuously followed throughout the project lifecycle.

The planning was originally done according to the WildTeam Standard (CC BY-SA 4.0). However, thanks to Aposphere Insight’s configurability, also the widely used Conservation Standard 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) can be used instead.


A live dashboard summarizes the relevant information on a single page, for executives, team members, and donors, to create common awareness.

The shown dashboard focuses on one of the targets, showing the objectives and their indicators with the connected data sources. Furthermore, the ingoing and outgoing connections of the box are displayed as well for additional context.


First, the current situation is analyzed and modelled in a situation model diagram according to the standard’s rules.

On the right-most side of the diagram there are the project’s targets inside the project scope. On their left, we see the threats identified by the planning team and their contributing factors. Additional information is added to each box, such as a description or relevant files.

A theory of change is derived from the situation model and modeled in a separate results chain diagram.

Objectives are added to targets and evaluated through indicators for the assessment of the created impact.

The workplan editor is integrated directly in the diagram editor allowing to link the required work with the expected strategic impact.

Stories and attachments can be shared directly in the right context in the diagram and discussed, using the collaboration features.

Data Integration

Indicators are used to evaluate the targets’ performances (or in other words, the generated impact).

Live data is provided to the indicators through Aposphere Insight's DataHub.

The DataHub is a central repository that connects to open databases (UNSDG, Worldbank, Our World In Data, etc.) and personal clouds (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.). It also allows to create and share datasets directly on Aposphere Insight using the DataMaker (which can be used to model datasets as tabular data) or the SurveyMaker (to publish surveys for employees, team members, and the public, collecting and providing the responses as datasets directly to the strategic diagrams).

This use case of the Hawksbill Turtles project has been provided by the WildTeam UK. It was originally planned using the WildTeam Standard (CC BY-SA 4.0) however, as we show here, the same can also be achieved using the Conservation Standard 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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