Protected Area Staff in South America Share Experiences on Monitoring the Impact of Management

Session at the Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas in Lima, Peru, October 2019. Photo by Paola Mejía.

Story sent by Paola Mejía (Foundations of Success and Wildlife Conservation Society Peru) 

Staff from protected areas of Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay came together again to share and learn from adaptive management experiences. Last year, at a workshop organized by coach Paola Mejía (Wildlife Conservation Society Peru) and the Latin American Technical Cooperation Network on Protected Areas, 15 participants shared their conceptual frameworks for and experiences with monitoring the impacts of protected area management. Participants outlined key principles of monitoring, synthesized their current situations–including strengths and weaknesses–and laid out solutions to overcome current challenges. The group ended the workshop with a “Message from Lima,” a set of recommendations that highlights four key points: 1) telling the complete story based on a theory of change, 2) monitoring intermediate and long-term results, 3) integrating the different tools and processes used, and 4) looking at the whole system of protected areas. The message, challenges, and recommendations discussed at this workshop–and many others–were presented during the Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas in October 2019.  

We invite you to read a related story from the same congress here.

Discussion during the Session at the Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas in Lima, Peru, October 2019. Photo by Paola Mejía.

 

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