Existing protection and management
7.2.2 Assessment method
So that the assessment is comparable with that reported in 2009, the independent assessment again followed the framework for evaluating the effectiveness of management of protected areas developed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas 3. This framework is based on a management cycle in which management is continuously evaluated and refined (Figure 7.2). The independent assessment of the effectiveness of existing protection and management measures examined the six elements of the management cycle for each management topic outlined in Section 7.1.2 above. Each topic was assessed independent of the others. For each management topic, the independent assessors used a series of indicators to assess effectiveness at each stage of the management cycle (Appendix 4). The indicators varied slightly from those in the Outlook Report 2009. Some were refined based on the experience of that and subsequent assessments; some were deleted because they were no longer relevant or had proved difficult to reliably assess. Based on the results of the assessment of each management topic, the independent assessors also provided a summary of effectiveness for each of the three broad management approaches (environmental regulation, engagement, and knowledge, integration and innovation).
A structured framework guided the assessment of effectiveness.
Figure 7.2 Framework for assessing management effectiveness of protected areas
Hockings et al. 2006 3
Effective management is a closed loop where issues are considered, plans are made, resources are expended, proper processes are followed and products and services are delivered, all leading to outcomes that address the issues. Source: Adapted from
7.2.3 Information used
Information relevant to assessing performance against each of the indicators was assembled by both Australian and Queensland government agencies and provided to the independent assessors. They also sought additional information from relevant research papers and other source documents. The assessment was based on documentation available and advice provided before the end of December 2013. Where necessary, information has been updated after this date, but this has not been comprehensive.