Developing the Blueprint

Blueprint 2.2

The current version of the Blueprint, Version 2.2, was released in November 2017. It is a data-driven plan based on ecosystem indicator models and a connectivity analysis. It uses similar methods to Blueprint 2.1 and 2.0, incorporating improved data for many of the ecosystem indicators. The release of Blueprint 2.2 also included the Blueprint implementation strategy, a regularly updated document outlining actions and approaches within Blueprint areas to improve the integrity of South Atlantic ecosystems.

Blueprint 2.1

The previous Blueprint, Version 2.1, was released in August 2016. Like Blueprint 2.0, it was a data-driven plan based on ecosystem indicator models and a connectivity analysis. It used similar methods to Blueprint 2.0, incorporating improved data for many of the ecosystem indicators.

Blueprint 2.0

Version 2.0 of the Blueprint was released in June 2015. This was the first data-driven iteration of the plan, based on ecosystem indicator models and a connectivity analysis.

Blueprint 1.0

Blueprint 1.0, released in March 2014, was a qualitative plan based on expert input and partner plans.

Future revisions

Both the Conservation Blueprint and the ecosystem indicators are updated annually based on the results of testing and validation, as well as extensive feedback from our cooperative community.

The next Blueprint

Updates for the next version of the Blueprint are underway, including improvements to indicators, Blueprint methods, and the online viewers.

Indicator revisions

Some indicators will undergo revision soon for incorporation into the next version of the Blueprint. Please check the staff blog and South Atlantic LCC newsletter for more information on the upcoming round of indicator revisions, and opportunities to participate.

Blueprint timeline

March 2013: First set of ecosystem indicators approved

September 2013: First draft attempt at the State of the South Atlantic released

October-November 2013: Regional workshops to guide Blueprint 1.0 design

January 2013: Draft Blueprint 1.0 available for review

March 2014: Blueprint 1.0 released

May-December 2014: Ecosystem indicator revisions for Blueprint 2.0

March-April 2015: Regional workshops for Blueprint 2.0

April 2015: Draft Blueprint 2.0 available for review

March 2015: The 2015 State of the South Atlantic released

June 2015: Blueprint 2.0 released

June 2015-January 2016: Ecosystem indicator revisions for Blueprint 2.1

May 2016: Draft Blueprint 2.1 available for review

August 2016: Blueprint 2.1 released

Fall 2016: Ecosystem indicator revisions for Blueprint 2.2

March 2017: Draft Blueprint 2.2 available for review

March-May 2017: Regional workshops for Blueprint 2.2

November 2017: Blueprint 2.2 and Blueprint implementation strategy released