Management Effectiveness Evaluation in Protected Areas – a global study (2nd edition)

Author: Fiona Leverington, Katia Lemos Costa, Jose Courrau, Helena Pavese, Christoph Nolte, Melitta Marr, Lauren Coad, Neil Burgess, Bastian Bomhard, Marc Hockings
Date Published: October 2010

The Global Study into management effectiveness evaluation was conducted between late 2005 and 2010. In cooperation with many people across the world, it aimed to strengthen the management of protected areas by compiling the existing work on management effectiveness evaluation, reviewing methodologies, finding patterns and common themes in evaluation results, and investigating the most important factors leading to effective management. The project was supported by WWF International, the Nature Conservancy and the University of Queensland, and worked under the auspices of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. Objectives of the Global Study were the following:

Objective 1: Record, collect and collate available information from assessment systems, individual park assessments and other evaluations of management effectiveness that have been undertaken in protected areas. Develop a system for integration of available management effectiveness information into the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).

Objective 2: Gain an understanding of most appropriate methodologies for different situations and protected area systems.

Objective 3: Gain as wide a picture as possible of status of protected areas, key threats, factors influencing effectiveness of management and necessary changes to management strategies and approaches.

Objective 4: Analyse most useful and commonly used indicators for assessing management effectiveness of protected areas (i.e. what indicators are most reliable predictors of overall effectiveness).