|Mind the gap: information gaps and bridging options in assessing in-situ conservation achievements|
Bertzky, M. (2008). Mind the gap: information gaps and bridging options in assessing in-situ conservation achievements. Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald: Greifswald. xxvii, 325 + annexes pp.
The present study reveals a serious lack of openly accessible ecological long-term monitoring data for assessing the effectiveness of protected areas. Such data, however, is crucial for measuring progress towards international conservation targets. Therefore, a method to bridge existing information gaps through social science research is developed, based on an innovative theoretical Conservation Success Framework. The method is applied in two Mexican biosphere reserves, Sierra Gorda and Sierra de Manantl?n, by conducting almost 60 interviews with different stakeholders. Empirical results strengthen the developed method and allow for deep insights into the effectiveness of the protected areas surveyed. Recommendations to address information gaps are given 1) to local practitioners at the two case study sites, and 2) to the international conservation community. A scheme of consolidated actions relating the local to the national and international governance levels is proposed that could help to sustainably and cooperatively mind existing information gaps on in-situ conservation achievements, and hopefully close these gaps one day.