Tools


Marine Protected Area Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool (MPA MEAT)

The MPA MEAT is a harmonized version of the MPA Report Guide of the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Inc. (CCEF,White et al. 2004) as modified by the Philippine Environmental Governance Project 2 (EcoGov2), (Arceo et al. in prep), facilitated by the MPA Support Network (MSN) through the CTI (Coral Triangle Initiative) Support Partnership or CTSP. Some elements are incorporated in the MPA MEAT to gauge and highlight important threshold indicators and processes that help promote and achieve MPA management effectiveness outputs and outcomes.



MPA Network Effectiveness Assessment Tool (MPA NEAT)

The Network Effectiveness Assessment Tool (NEAT) is a tool for evaluating existing inter-local government alliances that are implementing joint coastal resource management (CRM) efforts. It was initially developed for MPA networks (Horigue et al. 2012), but has been modified to be applicable to all alliances collaborating for coastal resource management. It is a self-assessment tool that aims to evaluate the performance of the network and identify its strength and weaknesses. Joint actions can include fishery/coastal law enforcement, information education and communication campaigns, monitoring and evaluation, MPA establishment and implementation, and regular feedback mechanisms (e.g. Annual Forum, State of the Coast reporting, etc.) which are being implemented towards common vision and goals. Similar to the MPA Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool (MPA MEAT), NEAT adopts key indicators and thresholds to determine management levels and good practices.

Citation: MPA Support Network (MSN). Network Effectiveness Assessment Tool (NEAT). 2014


Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT)

The Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT or Tracking Tool) has been developed to help track and monitor progress in the achievement of the World Bank/WWF Alliance worldwide protected area management effectiveness target. It is also hoped that the Tracking Tool will be used more generally where it can help monitor progress towards improving management effectiveness; for example it is now obligatory for all Global Environment Facility protected area projects to use the Tracking Tool three times during the projects lifespan and the tool has been modified for use in several national protected area systems. In addition, use of the Tracking Tool can help managers track progress in implementing protected areas
commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.


Socio-Economic Assessment Tool (SEAT)

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are used as tools to increase marine biodiversity and their concomitant ecosystem services that benefit human wellbeing. It is important to assess whether they are in fact delivering socio-economic benefits to the surrounding communities beyond increasing fish biomass. The Socio-Economic Assessment Tool (SEAT) was developed to measure these benefits. While there are existing tools, most of them are difficult to accomplish and require extensive data gathering, thus are not utilized enough by MPA managers in the country. SEAT is designed to complement the MPA Effectiveness Assessment Tool (MEAT), the primary framework being used to assess MPA governance effectiveness in the Philippines. The tool builds on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Framework of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, with a focus on whether MPAs increase financial, human and social capital of MPA management bodies and the surrounding communities. SEAT was pilot-tested in several MPAs across the country, and the results were used to develop incentive schemes, i.e. recognition awards, as a sustainability mechanism for MPA management. On an individual level, the results can provide guidelines on how MPAs can better be designed, managed or even expanded to increase socio-economic outcomes. At the national level, the SEAT results can further enrich the existing MPA database being maintained by the MPA Support Network of the Philippines, which will allow for a more comprehensive assessment on the effectiveness of MPAs in improving human wellbeing.
commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.


Coral Reef Monitoring for Management

Citation: Uychiaoco, A.J., S.J. Green, M.T. dela Cruz, P.A. Gaite, H.O. Arceo, P.M. Aliño, and A.T. White. 2010. Coral Reef Monitoring for Management. University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, United Nations Development Programme Global Environment Facility- Small Grants Program, Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc., Voluntary Service Overseas, University of the Philippines Center for Integration and Development Studies, Coastal Resource Management Project, Philippine Environmental Governance Project 2, and Fisheries Resource Management Project. 122 p.


Publications

Recognizing Best Practices and Champions in Marine Protected Area (MPA) Management

Proceedings of the 2013 Para el MAR: MPA Awards and Recognition

Citation: MPA Support Network (MSN). 2013. Recognizing Best Practices and Champions in MPA Management: Proceedings of the 2013 Para El MAR MPA Awards and Recognition. The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 90 pp.



State of the Coasts (2012)

Sustaining the State of the Coasts Reporting.

Citation: Coral Reef Information Network of the Philippines (PhilReefs). 2014. State of the Coasts: Sustaining the State of the Coasts Reporting. PhilReefs, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development and the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.



Small Fish, Big Impact

Dulong Fisheries of San Juan, Batangas, Philippines. A Synthesis Report.

This publication was prepared by Conservation International (CI) for the Philippines’ National CTI Coordination Committee with funding from the United States Agency for International Development’s Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP)

Citation:Geronimo, R. (ed). 2013. Small fish, big impact: Dulong fisheries of San Juan, Batangas, Philippines. A Synthesis Report. Conservation International: Quezon City, Philippines, pp. 96.