Indicators to assess coral reef conditions: integrating views of society

Dinsdale, Elizabeth A. (2003) Indicators to assess coral reef conditions: integrating views of society. In: Proceedings of the World Congress on Aquatic Protected Areas 2002. pp. 415-420. From: Aquatic Protected Areas: what works best and how do we know?, August 2002, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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To achieve adaptive management, resource evaluation is required. Reporting the success of management strategies to the community maintains enthusiasm for protected areas and encourages adoption of sustainable activities. People need to be able to evaluate the costs of changing their activities or complying with management strategies in the context of the benefits of an improved state of the natural environment. Ideally, evaluations should provide information for both managers and the community. The identification of suitable indicators has hampered the evaluation process. I discuss the selection of indicators to access change in coral reef condition associated with anchoring. To ensure the indicators are useful for both managers and the community they are identified from two broad perspectives: the objective science and the subjective community approach. The benefits of integrating community views when selecting indicators are: 1) increasing involvement in resource management; 2) raising awareness of environmental change; and 3) identifying the community's perceptions of success.

Item ID: 14731
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-646-43022-5
Keywords: anchor damage; community participation; coral reef; indicators
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 04:37
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 25%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960508 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mining Environments @ 100%
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