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Costs of participatory monitoring and evaluation of joint management of protected areas in the Northern Territory, Australia

Izurieta, Arturo, Petheram, Lisa, Stacey, Natasha E. and Garnett, Stephen T. (2012). Costs of participatory monitoring and evaluation of joint management of protected areas in the Northern Territory, Australia. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management,20(1):21-33.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 82057923xPUB305
Title Costs of participatory monitoring and evaluation of joint management of protected areas in the Northern Territory, Australia
Author Izurieta, Arturo
Petheram, Lisa
Stacey, Natasha E.
Garnett, Stephen T.
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 20
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1448-6563   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84876103648
Start Page 21
End Page 33
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Joint management of protected areas by indigenous people and government management agencies is being promoted at the international level as a tool to strengthen the protection of biodiversity and the recognition of indigenous peoples’ interests in protected areas. Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of joint management is, however, in its infancy. To help managers, we calculated the costs of participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) of joint management in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia relative to other joint management expenses. Costs of the process constituted only 1.31.5 per cent of the total joint management budget of over AU$10 million over three years. The preparation and validation/feedback phases of PM&E demanded most time and money, with contractor costs, particularly for external facilitators, representing the largest proportion of expenditure. The relatively low costs of PM&E are in contrast with common perceptions of the process as time-consuming and expensive.
Keywords participatory monitoring and evaluation
management effectiveness
joint management
monitoring costs
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2012.726130   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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