Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Chapter 7. MONITORING AND EVALUATION

In general, describe how the nominated site addresses monitoring and evaluation


Effectiveness of the conservation and management measures on biophysical features with regard to this objectives; Satisfactory since fish, conch and lobster population within the protected area are very health. Also sea grass beds and mangroves are protected from development. Coral cover is considered as low but it is attributed to bleaching events. The 1998 bleaching event along resulted in over 50% reduction of coral cover.

Quality of involvement by the public, local communities, economic sectors, scientific community: Satisfactory. Stakeholder participate and are involved in activities of the protected area such as mooring buoy program with the local tour guide association; Responsible tour guiding Seminar and our volunteer program.

The HCMR has a monitoring program that assesses the condition of the protected area over time in a satisfactory manner.

HCMR staff is responsible for conducting the monitoring program on a yearly basis. Two permanent staff biologist are responsible for conducting this program.

A report is produced yearly to assess the condition of the protected area over time. This report is used to make informed decision on management actions.

What indicators are used to evaluate management effectiveness and conservation success, and the impact of the management plan on the local communities


Indicators by category Comments
Evaluation of management effectiveness
Conservation and management measures
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of species populations within and around protected area
Health of populations Satisfactory since fish, conch and lobster population within the protected area are very health.
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of habitats within and around the protected area
Habitats Also sea grass beds and mangroves are protected from development.
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of ecological processes within and around the protected area
Corals health Coral cover is considered as low but it is attributed to bleaching events. The 1998 bleaching event along resulted in over 50% reduction of coral cover.
Evaluation of the impact of the management plan on the local communities
Stakeholder Satisfactory. Stakeholder participate and are involved in activities of the protected area such as mooring buoy program with the local tour guide association; Responsible tour guiding Seminar and our volunteer program.