The Biodiversity Business Plan for Coutada 5 reflects a complex set of interwoven historical, legal, biodiversity, social, development and management factors, and is thus inevitably a complex document. This Executive Summary therefore does not try to condense the diversity of aspects that are dealt with, but rather only highlights certain of the most pertinent principles.

The Biodiversity Business Plan (BBP) is part of a dynamic process and reflects the planning objectives at the current time. As such the plan will be able to cope with the principle of adaptive management, whilst still providing answers to the questions of what management actions are to be undertaken, why these actions are deemed necessary, and, albeit to a lesser extent, also to the question of how the project objectives will be realised.