Polishing the Rosetta Stone: Can We Create a Common Lexicon?


Paul Kocak, Kocak Wordsmiths Ink


The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and other organizations have made valuable strides toward common nomenclature. What are the benefits of broadening and deepening a common lexicon for environmental evaluation? Is it feasible across diverse sectors? Is the Open Standard model useful for broader application? If there is support for a common, rich, and robust lexicon, what are the best ways to achieve consensus? The discussion will explore these and other questions as they apply to diverse practitioners.

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