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Evaluating Management Effectiveness:


Protected Areas

forNowand theFuture

Workshop Plenary

  • 1. Workshop report

  • 2. Panel response

  • 3. Plenary Discussion

  • Contributions from the workshop to

  • WPC outputs:

  • 5. Close

  • Durban accord

  • Message to CBD

  • Recommendations 18 & 19

Format of Proceedings

Workshop Report

Geoff Vincent

Parks Victoria, Australia


  • 13 workshops in 20 sessions

  • Nearly 1200 participants

  • Comprehensive examination of

  • contemporary work on MEE

  • Demonstration of widespread development

  • and application of MEE globally

Workshop Themes

  • Evaluation systems and processes

  • Indicators

  • Threats

  • Work in Progress

Key Messages

Theme: Evaluation systems and processes

  • Evaluations being conducted widely

  • Ecological integrity emerging as necessary concept for MEE

  • Monitoring and reporting, indicator development, public awareness under-emphasized

  • Capacity issues

Key messages

Theme: Indicators

  • Plethora of frameworks

  • Need to improve information sharing and monitoring for management actions

  • Perspectives of indigenous and local communities

  • Challenges in developing social, cultural and ecological indicators

Key Messages

Theme: Threats

  • Increasingly complex (e.g. climate change, invasives, unsustainable harvesting)

  • Need to raise public awareness

  • Ecosystem Approach and science basis for actions

  • Local and traditional knowledge

  • Need for minimum standards

  • Capacity issues

Key Messages

Theme: Work in Progress

  • Amalgamation of frameworks (e.g. simplification)

  • Need for common language

  • Generate public support and ownership

  • Incorporate new science

  • WCPA to investigate options for verification of Pas

  • Integration of resilience options into PA management plans, assessment and restoration (eg climate change)

Common Threads

  • Establish clear goals, objectives and

  • purposes for MEE at all levels

  • Vertical integration of MEE in planning and

  • business processes

  • Strong alignment between systems and

  • synergy with management cycles

  • Use and apply best practice principles

  • Seek out and employ simple, easily

  • measured and understood indicators

  • Optimise utility of evaluation data through

  • standardised collection, storage and

  • management

  • Optimise benefits of investment to date by

  • making best use of existing Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) systems

  • Engage local and indigenous communities in MEE

  • Build capacity by applying current knowledge – don’t wait for the perfect system

Common Threads

Major and Emerging Issues

  • Threats are becoming more complex

  • Improve use of science in the management of protected areas

  • Local community needs and perspectives need to be integrated in goals and objectives

  • Assessments need to be more rigorous

  • Communities, stakeholders and local staff need to be involved in design, conduct and communication of results

Major and Emerging Issues

  • Ensuring that differences between NGO and Government agency agendas doesn’t lead to a fracturing of approaches

  • Raise awareness of the utility of new tools such as Ecological integrity evaluations for management effectiveness

  • Move from development of methodologies to implementation at sites

  • Transparent reporting

Key Workshop Outcomes

  • Widespread recognition of MEE as an

  • essential component of effective PA

  • management

  • Strong commitment to action from all

  • sectors to move from systems development

  • to implementation

  • Commitment to work together to harmonise

  • and move forward rather than compete

  • Recognition of the benefits of a diversity of

  • methods

  • Results used to improve management actions


  • Mavuso MsimangCEO South African National Parks

  • Marija Zupancic-Vicar,Senior Advisor -, WCPA

  • Leonardo Lacerda,WWF International

  • Nik Lopoukhine,Director General, National Parks

  • DirectorateParks Canada

  • Pedro Rosabal,Protected Areas Program, IUCN

  • Geoff Vincent,Deputy CEO Parks Victoria, Australia