Note: for Park Managers to fill out the 2013 Park Management Success questionnaires, please click on this link.
|Goal||To provide detailed information on the successes and challenges of each park in the Dutch Caribbean, including the external environment (context), issues and threats and the park operational management.|
|Islands||Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten|
A critical component for DCNA’s mission to effectively represent and fundraise is the ability to demonstrate success. For this reason DCNA has developed a detailed data collection and analysis system, based on the IUCN ‘management effectiveness framework’. This system:
- captures baseline data
- is a tool for analysing the conservation success, institutional progress and management effectiveness at each of the protected area sites.
As the project continues, valuable time series data are obtained every year through the updates of the capture sheets that are used to gain the information.
A desired outcome of the Management Success project is to be able to repeat the data collection process and develop an effective set of time series data on the success of management. This way the success and effectiveness of any change in management practice or policy can be shown and accounted for.
The definition of ‘effective management’ of protected areas is currently under debate within the international conservation community, although the following definition is often used by those involved with protected area management.
“The efficient and orderly use of human and material resources on a planned basis directed to achieve management objectives”(Deshler, W.O. 1982)
In January 2008 a consultant collected the data for the project within a two-week time frame. This provided the first full set of data, a valuable snapshot of the protected area management for 2007 and crucial feedback for the data collection process directly from the management organizations involved. The same process has since been repeated in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 giving data for all of the protected areas in the Dutch Caribbean for activities carried out in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and 2011.
This project will continue to develop criteria for defining effective management within an adaptive management framework where successes can be judged against clearly defined goals and objectives for each of the protected areas.
Management Succes Reports
Management success reports can be downloaded by clicking on the images.