VCA Guidance

Our guidance is for landowners and land managers who would like to register their area as Verified Conservation Area. It includes the Standard,  a Guidance Note, and Toolkit.

The VCA Standard sets out the requirements for an area to be listed in the VCA Registry and to remain listed.

Download the VCA Standard (current release: January 2018)

The VCA Guidance Note provides additional guidance for the required documentation set out in the VCA Standard including area-based conservation management plans, conservation performance reports and independent audits.

Download the VCA Guidance Note (current release: January 2018)

VCA Toolkit

The VCA Toolkit offers recommended best practice for managing an area for conservation outcomes.

Biodiversity – Tools for understanding and valuing biodiversity

Plan – Tools for developing a Conservation Management Plan

Report – Tools for producing Conservation Performance Reports

Conserve – Tools for conserving landscapes, habitats & species

Use – Tools for managing alternative sustainable land uses

Terms -Definitions of key terms used for VCAs

We welcome your suggestions for improving our  guidance. Practical tools for area-based conservation are particularly welcome.