Conservation projects are developed at the local level by Local Project Development Teams (LPDTs) with the input of various individuals who are interested in participating. The projects are strategically designed to conserve resources at the landscape level and be aligned with the WLCI mission, objectives and goals. The process of creating strategic projects is iterative. Priorities are determined and mapped by LPDTs using local knowledge and current scientific understanding. Priority areas also are defined by which issues are most important. LPDTs prioritize projects that they have developed for a given year. The Coordination Team incorporates LPDT priorities as it ranks all projects across the WLCI area using criteria approved by the Executive Committee (EC). The EC approves final rankings and funding is provided to highest ranking projects. Specific requirements of the funding source are included in this process. Over time, monitoring of projects and additional research will provide additional guidance in this process.