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Integrating impact evaluation in the design and implementation of monitoring marine protected areas.

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Ahmadia, GN; Glew, L; Provost, M; Gill, D; Hidayat, NI; Mangubhai, S; Purwanto, ; Fox, HE
Published in: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
November 2015

Quasi-experimental impact evaluation approaches, which enable scholars to disentangle effects of conservation interventions from broader changes in the environment, are gaining momentum in the conservation sector. However, rigorous impact evaluation using statistical matching techniques to estimate the counterfactual have yet to be applied to marine protected areas (MPAs). While there are numerous studies investigating 'impacts' of MPAs that have generated considerable insights, results are variable. This variation has been linked to the biophysical and social context in which they are established, as well as attributes of management and governance. To inform decisions about MPA placement, design and implementation, we need to expand our understanding of conditions under which MPAs are likely to lead to positive outcomes by embracing advances in impact evaluation methodologies. Here, we describe the integration of impact evaluation within an MPA network monitoring programme in the Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia. Specifically we (i) highlight the challenges of implementation 'on the ground' and in marine ecosystems and (ii) describe the transformation of an existing monitoring programme into a design appropriate for impact evaluation. This study offers one potential model for mainstreaming impact evaluation in the conservation sector.

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Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

DOI

EISSN

1471-2970

ISSN

0962-8436

Publication Date

November 2015

Volume

370

Issue

1681

Start / End Page

20140275

Related Subject Headings

  • Marine Biology
  • Indonesia
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Ecosystem
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Biodiversity
  • Animals
  • 32 Biomedical and clinical sciences
  • 31 Biological sciences
 

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Ahmadia, G. N., Glew, L., Provost, M., Gill, D., Hidayat, N. I., Mangubhai, S., … Fox, H. E. (2015). Integrating impact evaluation in the design and implementation of monitoring marine protected areas. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 370(1681), 20140275. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2014.0275
Ahmadia, Gabby N., Louise Glew, Mikaela Provost, David Gill, Nur Ismu Hidayat, Sangeeta Mangubhai, Sangeeta Purwanto, and Helen E. Fox. “Integrating impact evaluation in the design and implementation of monitoring marine protected areas.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 370, no. 1681 (November 2015): 20140275. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2014.0275.
Ahmadia GN, Glew L, Provost M, Gill D, Hidayat NI, Mangubhai S, et al. Integrating impact evaluation in the design and implementation of monitoring marine protected areas. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological sciences. 2015 Nov;370(1681):20140275.
Ahmadia, Gabby N., et al. “Integrating impact evaluation in the design and implementation of monitoring marine protected areas.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 370, no. 1681, Nov. 2015, p. 20140275. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rstb.2014.0275.
Ahmadia GN, Glew L, Provost M, Gill D, Hidayat NI, Mangubhai S, Purwanto, Fox HE. Integrating impact evaluation in the design and implementation of monitoring marine protected areas. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological sciences. 2015 Nov;370(1681):20140275.
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Published In

Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

DOI

EISSN

1471-2970

ISSN

0962-8436

Publication Date

November 2015

Volume

370

Issue

1681

Start / End Page

20140275

Related Subject Headings

  • Marine Biology
  • Indonesia
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Ecosystem
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Biodiversity
  • Animals
  • 32 Biomedical and clinical sciences
  • 31 Biological sciences