Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET)


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IMET 2.13

IMET installation note 

Brief information on the Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET) 

Webinar for IMET

IMET for conserved areas poster

Webinar for IMET for conserved areas - English

Webinar for IMET for conserved areas - French

Handbook on IMET for conserved areas

IMET for conserved areas poster

Release of IMET 2.13 in 17 April, 2024: 

The release of this last version of IMET makes available to all interested users the new module of IMET, specifically conceived for conserved and community managed areas 
IMET Conserved Areas tool Webinar 

This new module of the IMET tool was presented in two webinars in English and in French. 

IMET is a Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME) tool that allows an in-depth assessment of marine and terrestrial protected areas, regardless of their management categories and governance type. As a decision-support tool, it helps protected area managers take analysis-based management decisions for improved conservation outcomes.  

The objective of the IMET conserved areas tool is to enhancing conservation efforts and sustaining governance in community areas such as Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), Locally-Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs), Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs), Community Forests, etc., Community Forests, etc., and in buffer areas of Protected Areas. The IMET conserved areas tool:  
·          Integrates context, management and governance dimensions for improved knowledge, planning, governance and monitoring 
·          Sustains data collection and establishes baselines 
·          Supports identification of stakeholders 
·          Identifies key conservation elements and ecosystem services, prioritising stakeholders implication, management and governance activities 
·          Allows understanding community awareness in the management and governance of the conserved area and promotes dialogue, governance and shared planning 
·          Empowers local communities for effective conservation 
·          Encourages participation from local communities, government agencies, and NGOs, fostering collaboration and shared responsibility 
·          Supports priority planning and allows monitoring progress and adapting management and governance strategies as necessary 

For further information, please contact Paolo ROGGERI (JRC.D.6).







If you have previous IMET versions, please remove them from your computer before installing this new version. In the search box on the taskbar, type Control Panel and select it from the results. Select Programs > Programs and Features. Press and hold (or right-click) on the program you want to remove and select Uninstall or Uninstall/Change.


IMET is a Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME) tool that allows an in-depth assessment of marine and terrestrial protected areas, regardless of their management categories and governance type. It is also a decision support tool that helps protected area managers take analysis-based management decisions for improved conservation outcomes.  


IMET is a PAME tool – but also much more: 

  •  As a PAME tool, IMET identifies management strengths, constraints, and weaknesses of a protected area management.  
  • IMET considers the key values of the protected area throughout the assessment to ensure that the overall scope of management is results-oriented. In this way, it supports the identification of the urgency and conservation priorities.  
  • IMET embeds an inherent dimension of capacity building on protected area planning, monitoring, and evaluation to serve outcome-oriented management. 
  • IMET exercise also supports the application of the protected area to the Green List. 

IMET unique characteristics 

  • IMET is a software that can be downloaded free of charge on a PC, that does not require an internet connection.  
  • IMET combines the analysis of the protected area surrounding environment with the internal management assessment to obtain a clearer understanding of the management context and challenges. 
  • IMET encourages participatory assessment and decision-making process, building a collective understanding of how the management functions. It is helpful to develop or renew a work plan or a management plan.  
  • IMET includes data visualization that facilitates the analysis and presentation of results at soon as the assessment is completed.  
  • IMET provides an automatic management analysis report that can be easily shared to protected area authorities and partners, the IMET (PAME) Analysis Report. 
  • IMET stores the information in a database allowing processing and visualisation for more detailed analysis at site or system level. 
  • IMET specialists (coaches) are available to support the IMET assessment, and result analysis. They form a supportive community to leverage capacity for planning, management, and even policy-making.   


How to install it 

Download IMET 2.13

Please, carefully refer to the following IMET installation note 

If needed, IT technical support can be provided by writing at the following email address: 


How to use IMET 

Typically, the first IMET assessment consists of a 3-4 day workshop with the protected area team and key stakeholders facilitated by one or two IMET coaches. The IMET Handbooks, the COMIT (2016) and the COMIT 2 (2022), explain each assessment question and presents guidelines on assessment implementation with the coaching process. It also provides avenues for increasing capacity in protected area management and analysis.

We invite you to report your IMET assessment to the Regional Observatories of biodiversity and protected areas CaribbeanCentral AfricaEastern and Southern AfricaPacificWest Africa and to the GD-PAME WDPA




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