Before launching a river catchment area protection project, it is important to create a plan first. The plan would guide your activities, to ensure that you don’t lose focus at any point. If you launch a river catchment area protection project without a plan, you are very likely to fail. You are almost certainly bound to fail. This is because your activities will be haphazard, and won’t know whether you are progressing in the right direction or not. Launching a river catchment are project without a plan is akin to scheduling work on the Myloweslife portal without having a specific framework in mind. Obviously, if you go about it in that way, you could end up with very low productivity. Therefore, it is very important for you to create a river catchment area protection plan. The actual process of creating the plan entails:
- Identifying the threats to the river catchment area: this has to be the starting point – where you identify the specific things you will be protecting the river catchment area from.
- Identifying the envisaged mitigation measures: the most important thing here is to list the envisaged mitigation areas, and try to see just how viable they are (given the practical realities).
- Identifying the resources you need: here, you work out how much money you need to implement the mitigation measures identified above, how much human resource you need… and so on. You also need to work out whether or not it will be easy for you to raise the resources, and how exactly you plan to go about it. For instance, with respect to the human resources, you may need to hire people (as employees) or alternatively try to persuade people to work on a voluntary basis in protecting the river catchment area.
- Identifying the major milestones to be attained: these are critical, for it is only through them that you would be in a position to know whether you are making progress or not, once you start implementing the plan.