Questions and Answers

Here you will get some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions conserning participatory monitoring

This is a collection of questions and answer which may be a helpful introduction to participatory monitoring. We still need to write some good answers to some of the questions.

Why monitor natural resources

Repeated collection of field data over time, monitoring, can show if the natural resources of an area is being maintained. 

Monitoring can answer questions as:

  • Are habitats and ecosystems being degrated?

  • Are populations of different species declining? Are the management interventions in the area effevtive?

  • Are there increades benefits to local communities from sustyainable natural resource use?

  • What problems do local communities encounter in relation to protected area management?

What is participatory monitoring

Participatory Monitoring is the systematic recording and periodic analysis of information that has been chosen and recorded by insiders with the help of outsiders (FAO).

How many monitoring sites are needed to cover a protected area

Participatory Monitoring is the systematic recording and periodic analysis of information that has been chosen and recorded by insiders with the help of outsiders (FAO).

How are the resource uses and species to be monitored selected

It is important to select the right naturel resources to be monitored. The selection can be based on following criteria:

  • Those that reveal trends (changes).

  • Those that are easy and cost effective to collect data on.

  • Those that are commonly used by local people.

  • Those sufficiently sensitiveto provide an early warning of changes.

  • Threatened species.

How do local people participate in participatory monitoring

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How will the participatory monitoring information be used

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How sustainable is participatory monitoring

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Are the methods scientifically sound

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Who should undertake participatory monitoring

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How to select the most important sites and resources to monitor

The steps to be followed in selecting the most important sites and resources to monitor -

Identify and plot on a topographic map the following: 

  • areas under threat

  • main community resopurcde-use areas

  • main resource use permit areas 

Draw patrolling routes and select the most appropiate places for monitoring.

What constitute participatory monitoring baseline data

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Can the decision-makers rely on what the local communities say

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What is the difference between participatory monitoring and resource inventory

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