Monitoring and reporting on reserve management effectiveness.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on management effectiveness for Tasmania's national parks and reserves is necessary in order to:
- provide factual feedback about management performance to guide informed decision-making for improving the achievement of the objectives and desired outcomes; and
- provide public and parliamentary transparency and accountability for the investment of funds in management of Tasmania's national parks and reserves, including World Heritage listed areas.
The monitoring and reporting system for Tasmania's national parks and reserves
The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has developed a state-wide management effectiveness monitoring and reporting system to measure and report on evidence of management progress, achievements and challenges across Tasmania's public national parks and reserves estate. Key features of the system are that it is; outcomes focused, evidence-based, operationally practical and scalable, and transparent to all interested parties.
To understand how management of Tasmania's national parks and reserves is performing, the PWS and its stakeholders need reliable, factual information about a variety of topics known as key performance areas (KPAs). These KPAs form the framework of the monitoring and reporting system for Tasmania's national parks and reserves.
Evaluated case studies
An important component of monitoring and reporting is evaluated case studies of the monitored effectiveness of significant and selected projects. Examples of evaluated case study reports can be found:
Evaluating management effectiveness for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
The first comprehensive evaluation report examining management effectiveness for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) was published as the State of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area - an evaluation of management effectiveness, Report No 1, 2004.
Key commitments for monitoring, evaluation and reporting under the current TWWHA Management Plan 2016 include:
concise State of the TWWHA Reports will be prepared every three years
- regular Status and Trends Reporting
- evaluated case studies for (i) community partnerships; (ii) access to Country for Tasmanian Aboriginal people; (iii) management of the road network; and (iv) monitoring and data collection for priority areas of the walking track network.
Integrating evaluation into reserve management plans
The PWS is progressively integrating statements of key desired outcomes and provisions for monitoring, evaluation and reporting into new reserve management plans.
Where possible, the PWS is aiming to identify what would be a 'great result', a 'satisfactory or acceptable result' and an 'unsatisfactory or unacceptable result' for each identified key desired outcome in a reserve management plan or major project. This establishes an agreed framework for assessing how management is performing. The Coningham Nature Recreation Area Management Statement 2009 is an example of that work.