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Engage key partners early.

If work­ing with part­ners is like­ly to be a com­po­nent of a key strat­e­gy, then engag­ing them at an ear­ly stage is essen­tial to gain buy-in and trust, espe­cial­ly if this is a new effort. When engag­ing part­ners, treat plan­ning as a core strat­e­gy and joint pri­or­i­ty-set­ting as an impor­tant step in imple­ment­ing that strategy.

Mem­bers of Sus­tain­able Ranch­ing of Colom­bia, part­ners of the Nature Con­ser­van­cy, wel­come new mem­ber ranch­ers and intro­duce the pro­gram of sus­tain­able ranch­ing at the Girar­dot farm, Cubar­ral, Meta, Colum­bia. The farm has been part of the sus­tain­able ranch­ing pro­gram that pro­motes sil­vopas­toral sys­tems, for­age banks and liv­ing fences made up of native species that pro­vide shel­ter for wildlife. In many cas­es, it helps to con­nect for­est patch­es to pro­tect­ed areas, serv­ing as wildlife corridors.