This step asks you to describe your current understanding of your project situation – both the biological issues and the human context in which your project occurs. This step is not meant to be an unbounded analysis, but instead probes the root causes of your critical threats and degraded targets to bring explicit attention/consideration to contributing factors - the indirect threats, key actors, and opportunities for successful action. Specific questions that this step answers include:

  • “What factors positively & negatively affect our targets?”
  • “Who are the key stakeholders linked to each of these factors?”

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