Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCP)

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The Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCP) is a recent California regulation(2003) to deal with special status species conservation. The NCCP takes a ecosystem wide approach to species conservation. By protecting the functionality of an ecosystem, the NCCP is designed to form more robust protection plans then the previously utilized Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP). To accomplish this goal, NCCP emphasize scientific understanding, and promotes an adaptive management approach to conservation. The NCCP was originally passed in as a pilot program for Southern California Coastal scrub habitat in 1991. The NCCP approach was approved for state wide application in 2003[1].




  1. Cal Fish and Wildlife NCCP


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