"Planning is usually interpreted as a process to develop a strategy to achieve desired  objectives, to solve problems, and to facilitate action" .
The role of the planner is thus to identify a desirable future and to prepare a course of action to achieve this goal . He records this in a plan. In the course of this module you will learn how planning can be carried out.
Natural resource planning thus is - with regard to resources - "the identification of possible desirable future end states, and development of courses of action to reach such end states" .
Management thus requires both plans and objectives .
The manager has therefore to control, handle and direct the decision-making and the course of action. He has the responsibility and the authority to allocate the capital, technology and human resources to achieve the desired end .
Natural resource management thus comprises actual decisions and actions concerning policy and practice regarding how resources are appraised, protected, allocated, developed, utilised, processed, rehabilitated, remediated and restored, monitored and evaluated .
Measures are the concrete actions aiming at sustainable resource management.