A monitoring 'multi-tool' for managers
Monitoring programs can help managers get the information they need to make timely, appropriate decisions. However, existing monitoring programs often have been designed to address research questions, focus on only certain aspects of interest to reef managers, or require a level of expertise that limits their frequency or responsiveness. This project drew on experience from the Great Barrier Reef and the Caribbean to identify the information needs specifically required to support good coral reef management decisions.
What the project achieved
The analysis of information needs for managers drove the design of a monitoring protocol that can be used to collect information in a cost-effective and timely manner to support management responses and evaluate outcomes from management actions. The protocol includes indicators from a broad cross-section of issues and disciplines useful to managers. In combination, the monitoring 'multi-tool' can help managers assess and track key aspects of reef ecosystem health, ecosystem services, reef use and drivers of reef condition. It utilises methods for rapid and responsive measurements that are amenable to participation by reef stakeholders. The project links with the social resilience project to include indicators of community wellbeing and social vulnerability, and to provide the foundations for a reporting system tailored to the needs of policymakers.
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