The SMART, Results-based Approach to Saving Tigers, Elephants, Great Apes and Other Threatened Species

In many protected areas and community lands environmental managers are, unfortunately, poorly equipped to regulate and direct their limited resources, resulting in inefficient and ineffective interventions and ultimately the loss of biodiversity and valued ecosystem services. Failure to establish effective environmental governance is often a result of several contributing factors: 1) insufficient staff are dedicated to conservation implementation; 2) staff lack the skills, information and experience needed to plan and implement effective conservation efforts; 3) management agencies lack tools for efficiently utilizing and monitoring the impact of their investments 4) site-based protection staff lack the motivation, either internally or externally, to pursue their roles. To strengthen the capacity of park rangers and community ecoguards to plan, execute and monitor the effectiveness of patrols to control illegal and unsustainable resource use, a consortium of NGOs is developing a new open-source, user-friendly, results-based software tool (SMART) and field-training protocols to help community and park rangers adaptively manage their conservation efforts, based on observed results, recorded and reported systematically over time.

This workshop is designed to raise awareness among participants about results-based management and how SMART can help enhance the effectiveness of conservation efforts. Participants will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of how SMART works and what it takes to implement SMART within a protected area, indigenous reserve or community conservancy. Participants will also be encouraged to join the SMART consortium.

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