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Developing Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating Joint Management Effectiveness in Protected Areas in the Northern Territory, Australia

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dc.contributor.author Izurieta, Arturo
dc.contributor.author Sithole, Bevlyne
dc.contributor.author Stacey, Natasha
dc.contributor.author Hunter-Xenie, Hmalan
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Bruce
dc.contributor.author Donohoe, Paul
dc.contributor.author Brown, Jessie
dc.contributor.author Wilson, Lincoln
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-25T15:07:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-25T15:07:21Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7639
dc.description.abstract "Joint management of protected areas is promoted in many countries around the world. It is considered a means to provide local communities, including indigenous people, with recognition of their cultural practices in the use and management of the natural resources within a protected area, while working together with governments to achieve conservation goals. However, implementation of effective joint management has often been difficult because capacities and expectations among partners differ. Here we explore the potential of using a participatory monitoring and evaluation approach as a means of not only agreeing among partners on the objectives of joint management but also of measuring progress toward those objectives. In particular, we first describe the process used to develop criteria and indicators for measuring joint management effectiveness of a protected area in the Northern Territory, Australia, involving the parks Aboriginal Traditional Owners, their legal representatives, government, and researchers. We then analyze the process of applying a participatory approach to developing indicators and its contribution to improving equity among the partners. We consider the effectiveness of a participatory process within the context of the relationships, capacities, skills, communication, and cross-cultural information sharing. We found that at the early stages of joint management, the partners mostly identify process indicators related to human and social capital assets. Cross-cultural engagement in the early stages of the monitoring and evaluation cycle is challenged by issues relating to communication, institutional and community capacities, representation, and flexibility in ways of working together while learning by doing. We conclude, however, that a participatory monitoring and evaluation approach in which partners agree equally on the identification of criteria and indicators to measure agreed management outcomes has the potential of improving equitable participation, decision making and working relationships, which in turn will lead to improved park management effectiveness and community outcomes." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject evaluation en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject joint management en_US
dc.subject efficiency en_US
dc.subject participatory development en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.title Developing Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating Joint Management Effectiveness in Protected Areas in the Northern Territory, Australia en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.coverage.country Australia en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 16 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth September en_US

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