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Evaluating Management Effectiveness:. Maintaining Protected Areas. for Now and the Future. 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

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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