The National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) with funding and technical support from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) under its Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA), hosted a workshop on Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (PAME) assessment at the Fisheries Division Conference Room and the Calliaqua Town Hall, from 4th - 8th March 2019.
The workshop aimed at building the capacity of local protected area (PA) practitioners, managers, resource users, businesses, community-based organizations and other stakeholders to undertake structured assessment, monitoring and adaptive management of our PA at the site and system level.
Participants were trained in the actual use of the Advance Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) which would be used as the standardized tool for Parks and Protected Areas to assess and monitor management effectiveness, in the beginning with four (4) protected areas namely:- Kings Hill Forest Reserve (KHFR), Mustique, South Coast Marine Conservation Area (SCMCA) and Tobago Cays Marine Park (TCMP).
Data and information including reports and communications from PAME assessments and monitoring would be used to populate the soon-to-be-established national parks and protected areas database as well as other regional and international platforms such as the Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) of the BIOPAMA programme, the Global Database on Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (GD PAME) and the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) among others.
Participants to the workshop included members of Staff of protected area agencies and entities such as the Fisheries Division, Forestry Department, SVG Maritime Administration, NPRBA, Physical Planning Department, Sustainable Grenadines (SusGren Inc) and the TCMP.