APNEP and its partners focus monitoring efforts on various indicators of ecosystem condition. Tracking progress towards the ecosystem outcomes requires the establishment of a coordinated monitoring strategy to detect, measure, track, and assess changes in the ecosystem. Without consistent monitoring, financial and human resources could be wasted on ineffective initiatives. Alternatively, the benefits of highly successful management approaches may not be recognized.
APNEP also works with its partners to monitor the implementation of management actions. If actions are not fully implemented, APNEP will take steps to identify and overcome the barriers to implementation. Alternatively, if barriers to an action's implementation prove difficult to overcome, APNEP will revisit the ecosystem-based management process to determine whether more effective actions exist to achieve environmental outcomes.
This monitoring and reassessment is an essential part of adaptive, ecosystem-based management, as it promotes accountability by evaluating whether or not management actions have resulted in progress toward stated environmental goals. The information obtained from monitoring efforts will be provided in an easily accessible format designed to promote transparency and foster cooperative adaptive management efforts.
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