Monitoring of a One Planet Community’s progress in terms of implementing its One Planet Action Plan is vital to gain an understanding of how the communities are working and what strategies are most successful in meeting the Common International Targets.
BioRegional conducts an Annual Review of progress for each endorsed One Planet Community to check on implementation of the One Planet Action Plan. A publicly available report is produced with the partner, detailing progress and lessons learnt.
The nature of the One Planet framework may sometimes require partners and projects to set targets in their One Planet Action Plans which they may not know exactly how to meet at the outset. The One Planet initiative does not want to stop partners and projects from setting these targets (indeed society needs them to do so), for fear of failing. Therefore, failing to meet any particular target in the endorsed Action Plan does not mean endorsement will be automatically removed.
The Annual Review process can therefore be seen as an extension of BioRegional’s role as a sustainability advisor or coach. We use the process to highlight areas where our partners can think about pushing the boundaries of sustainability further as well as highlight areas of learning for future projects.
The partner or project must also be prepared for the lessons learned to be disclosed in the publicly available report and there may be instances where a partner or project fails to make sufficient progress with implementation of a One Planet Action Plan. If discussions and attempts to help the partner or project get back on track fail, endorsed status can be removed by BioRegional. This however is a last resort!