Port Honduras Marine Reserve

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Chapter 7. MONITORING AND EVALUATION

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


Implementation of management plan activities is monitored on an annual basis by the Toledo Institute of Development and Environment and the Fisheries Department. 

 

Illegal activities and enforcement activities are monitored by the MPA ranger team. 

 

Achievement of conservation objectives is monitored by an on-going research and monitoring program (see "Information and knowledge" section).

 

Management effectiveness is evaluated by an external party approximately every five years, according to the method of Young et al. (2005).

 

Young (2005) Monitoring package for assessing management effectiveness of protected areas. Report prepared for the National Protected Policy and System Plan Task Force. July 2005.

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
Management effectiveness Sixty-four (64) indicators are used to assess management effectiveness, according to Young, Roy, Larry Wolfe, and Victoria Macfarlane. 2005. Monitoring Effectiveness in Belize’s Protected Areas System. Report prepared for the National Protected Areas Policy & System Plan Task Force (NPAPSP).
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of species populations within and around protected area
Numbers of patrols where illegal fishing is reported in PHMR; number and size of fish species recorded during market and underwater surveys. Goal: To return abundance of commercial and recreational species to optimum by reducing fishing pressure in PHMR
Numbers of patrols where illegal fishing is reported in PHMR; number of large marine vertebrates per species recorded during monitoring surveys within PHMR. Goal: To return numbers of large marine vertebrates to optimal levels by reducing fishing and hunting pressure, and habitat loss within PHMR.
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of habitats within and around the protected area
% coral cover, % macroalgal cover; reef fish density; Goal: To return coral reef ecosystems in PHMR to a healthy state providing a range of functions and services.
Extent of intact mangroves and littoral forests along coast and on cayes within PHMR; number of turtle nests on beaches within PHMR. Goal: To maintain littoral forests and mangroves in a healthy state to ensure they perform critical functions by preventing illegal deforestation and clearing along the coastline and cayes within PHMR. To maintain healthy beaches, free of debris, for turtle nesting and tourists in PHMR.
Extent and health of seagrass beds within PHMR. To maintain healthy seagrass beds throughout PHMR to ensure they perform critical functions, including as nursery areas and feeding grounds.
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of ecological processes within and around the protected area
Extent and health of seagrass beds within PHMR. Goal: To maintain healthy seagrass beds throughout PHMR to ensure they perform critical functions, including as nursery areas and feeding grounds.
Evaluation of the impact of the management plan on the local communities