Assessing the effectiveness of protected areas: Paradoxes call for pluralism in evaluating conservation performance

Caro, T, Gardner, TA, Stoner, C, Fitzherbert, E and Davenport, TRB (2009) Assessing the effectiveness of protected areas: Paradoxes call for pluralism in evaluating conservation performance. Diversity and Distributions, 15 (1). pp. 178-182. ISSN 1472-4642

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Abstract

Aim: To highlight and examine apparent paradoxes in assessing the effectiveness of different forms of land-use for biodiversity conservation. Location: Tanzania. Methods: We compare and contrast the findings of two recent and seemingly conflicting studies on the effectiveness of conservation protection strategies in Tanzania. We evaluate these studies in the context of a wider body of evidence relating to the problem of determining protected area performance. Results: We highlight the importance of landscape-scale management approaches for biodiversity conservation; establishing clear management and monitoring objectives in advance; the interrelation between the choice of target species and the appropriate spatial scale over which to measure their fate; and differences between snapshot and longitudinal scales in assessing the effectiveness of conservation strategies. Main conclusions: Protected area assessments should not promote an isolated focus on particular conservation targets or methods of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of conservation strategies. Instead we argue for a more pluralistic approach to evaluating conservation performance that can help to reveal where potential synergies in tackling different objectives exist, and clarifying the trade-offs when they do not.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 15:38
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2018 14:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/24496
DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2008.00522.x

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