Evaluating perceived benefits of ecoregional assessments

Bottrill, Madeleine, Mills, Morena, Pressey, Robert L., Game, Edward T. and Groves, Craig (2012) Evaluating perceived benefits of ecoregional assessments. Conservation Biology, 26 5: 851-861. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01898.x

Author Bottrill, Madeleine
Mills, Morena
Pressey, Robert L.
Game, Edward T.
Groves, Craig
Title Evaluating perceived benefits of ecoregional assessments
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-8892
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01898.x
Volume 26
Issue 5
Start page 851
End page 861
Total pages 11
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The outcomes of systematic conservation planning (process of assessing, implementing, and managing conservation areas) are rarely reported or measured formally. A lack of consistent or rigorous evaluation in conservation planning has fueled debate about the extent to which conservation assessment (identification, design, and prioritization of potential conservation areas) ultimately influences actions on the ground. We interviewed staff members of a nongovernmental organization, who were involved in 5 ecoregional assessments across North and South America and the Asia-Pacific region. We conducted 17 semistructured interviews with open and closed questions about the perceived purpose, outputs, and outcomes of the ecoregional assessments in which respondents were involved. Using qualitative data collected from those interviews, we investigated the types and frequency of benefits perceived to have emerged from the ecoregional assessments and explored factors that might facilitate or constrain the flow of benefits. Some benefits reflected the intended purpose of ecoregional assessments. Other benefits included improvements in social interactions, attitudes, and institutional knowledge. Our results suggest the latter types of benefits enable ultimate benefits of assessments, such as guiding investments by institutional partners. Our results also showed a clear divergence between the respondents’ expectations and perceived outcomes of implementation of conservation actions arising from ecoregional assessments. Our findings suggest the need for both a broader perspective on the contribution of assessments to planning goals and further evaluation of conservation assessments.
Keyword Cconservation assessment
Spatial prioritization
Systematic conservation planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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