Assessment Tools

Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET)

The Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET) provides operational support to protected area (PA) authorities and managers in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of PA performance.

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The Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET) provides operational support to protected area (PA) authorities and managers in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of PA performance.

IMET has been developed in the context of the BIOPAMA Programme and in close consultation with several PA authorities and managers to meet their needs. The main purpose of the Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET) is to support comprehensive protected area planning, monitoring and evaluation with a view to improving PA management and ensure that PAs meet their conservation objectives. Although IMET assessments include the evaluation of PA management effectiveness, the scope of IMET is much broader than that of some of the other PAME methodologies. IMET supports a proactive results based approach to adaptive PA management and provides a comprehensive decision support system for PA agencies and managers.

Download the IMET Offline Tool (Installer) : IMETOfflineTool_setup.zip

Download the Latest version IMET Offline Tool : IMET_v2.0.5.zip ( recommended )

Citation: Paolini, C., Rakotobe, D. and Djossi, D.J. (2016). Coach Observatory Mission Information Toolkit (COMIT): A toolkit to support coaching missions to improve protected area management and develop the information system of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT)

The Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) was designed to measure progress in management effectiveness at particular sites over time.

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The Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) was designed to measure progress in management effectiveness at particular sites over time.

First published in 2002, the METT was one of the first tools developed to reflect the IUCN WCPA framework for protected area management effectiveness, and since then it has become one of the most used PAME tools across the globe.

The METT consists of two main sections: datasheets of key information on the protected area and an assessment form containing a questionnaire with four alternative responses to 30 questions, each with an associated score, a data field for notes and a justification for the answers, and a place to list steps to improve management if necessary. Various versions of the METT exist, along with many local modifications.

The METT is strongest at measuring the effectiveness of management and weaker at reflecting overall conservation results. It was designed primarily to track progress over time at a single site and to identify actions to address any management weaknesses; rather than to compare management between different sites. For further information on the METT please refer to:

Stolton, S. and Dudley, N. (2016). METT Handbook: A guide to using the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT). WWF-UK, Woking, UK.

Stolton S. et al. (2007). Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) - Reporting Progress at Protected Area Sites: Second Edition. WWF and The World Bank.

Rapid Assessment and Prioritization of Protected Area Management (RAPPAM)

The Rapid Assessment and Prioritization of Protected Area Management (RAPPAM) Methodology can be used to for a rapid assessment of the overall management effectiveness of a protected areas system.

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The Rapid Assessment and Prioritization of Protected Area Management (RAPPAM) Methodology can be used to for a rapid assessment of the overall management effectiveness of a protected areas system.

The Rapid Assessment and Prioritization of Protected Area Management (RAPPAM) Methodology offers policy makers a tool for achieving that goal by enabling a rapid assessment of the overall management effectiveness of protected areas within a particular country or region. The most thorough and effective approach to implementing this methodology is to hold an interactive workshop or series of workshops in which protected area managers, policy makers, and other stakeholders participate fully in evaluating the protected areas, analysing the results, and identifying subsequent next steps and priorities.

Citation: Ervin, J. (2003). Rapid Assessment and Prioritization of Protected Area Management (RAPPAM) Methodology. WWF, Gland, Switzerland.

Enhancing our Heritage (EoH)

The Enhancing our Heritage (EoH) Toolkit contains twelve practical tools for assessing the management effectiveness of natural World Heritage sites.

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The Enhancing our Heritage (EoH) Toolkit contains twelve practical tools for assessing the management effectiveness of natural World Heritage sites.

The Enhancing our Heritage (EoH) Toolkit contains twelve practical tools, each designed to help those responsible for World Heritage site conservation piece together the elements of a comprehensive management framework, including the construction of targeted monitoring strategies. Designed as separate exercises, each with tables and guidelines, the emphasis is on user-friendliness, flexibility, and adaptability to local realities. Although it has been developed with a focus on natural properties, the initiative also has potential value as a tool to assist cultural properties.

Citation: World Heritage Centre (2008). Enhancing our Heritage Toolkit: Assessing management effectiveness of natural World Heritage sites. World Heritage Papers, 23, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris, France.

World Heritage Outlook Assessments

IUCN has developed this standardized methodology for Conservation Outlook Assessments of natural World Heritage sites.

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IUCN has developed this standardized methodology for Conservation Outlook Assessments of natural World Heritage sites.

The IUCN World Heritage Outlook is the first global assessment process for all natural and mixed World Heritage sites, and composed of a interactive website and a three-yearly global report. The IUCN World Heritage Outlook provides Conservation Outlook Assessments for all natural World Heritage sites. These assessments indicate whether a natural World Heritage site is likely to conserve its values over time, based on a desk-based assessment of 1) the current state and trend of values, 2) the threats affecting those values, and 3) the effectiveness of protection and management. Conservation Outlook Assessments also compile additional information on benefits and possible projects related to a site. For further information on IUCN's World Heritage Outlook Assessments please refer to:

IUCN (2012). IUCN Conservation Outlook Assessments – Guidelines for their application to natural World Heritage sites. Version 1.3. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Osipova, E. et al. (2014). IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2014: A conservation assessment of all natural World Heritage sites. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Osipova, E. et al. (2017). IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2: A conservation assessment of all natural World Heritage sites. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

 

Monitoring Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

BirdLife International has developed this global framework for monitoring the conservation status of, threats to, and conservation actions at IBAs.

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BirdLife International has developed this global framework for monitoring the conservation status of, threats to, and conservation actions at IBAs.

IBAs are internationally important places for birds, and therefore, biodiversity conservation. We need to understand what is happening to them in order to adapt our interventions accordingly. Monitoring is needed both to assess the effectiveness of conservation measures and to provide an early warning of problems. BirdLife has a standard ‘Pressure - State - Response’ framework that is simple, flexible and practical enough to be implemented effectively across an enormous range of sites. The framework allows national data to be compiled at the sub-regional, regional and global levels in order to fulfil the wider aims of the BirdLife Partnership.

Citation: BirdLife International (2006). Monitoring Important Bird Areas: a global framework. Version 1.2. BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK.

How is your MPA doing?

A guidebook of natural and social indicators for evaluating marine protected areas (MPAs) management effectiveness.

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A guidebook of natural and social indicators for evaluating marine protected areas (MPAs) management effectiveness.

IUCN, WWF and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have developed this guidebook to assist marine protected area (MPA) managers in assessing the performance of their MPA. Based on this assessment, it shows how necessary changes can be made to improve management measures. It presents a flexible approach that can be used in many types of MPA and offers a variety of specific biological, socio-economic and governance indicators to measure the effectiveness of management actions in achieving MPA goals and objectives.

Citation: Pomeroy, R.S., Parks, J.E. and Watson, L.M. (2004). How is your MPA doing? A Guidebook of Natural and Social Indicators for Evaluating Marine Protected Area Management Effectiveness. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

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