Protection: RAPPAM tool

RAPPAM: A protected areas assessment methodology outlined

The scope of the assessment should be clear prior to implementing the RAPPAM methodology.

Answers to the following questions will influence the nature and direction, and therefore the utility, of the assessment:

  • What are the specific objectives of conducting the protected area assessment?
  • How will the information be used and by whom?
  • Who will participate in the process?
  • How will the results be communicated?
  • What resources are available for conducting the assessment?
  • Who will be responsible for coordinating and undertaking the assessment?
  • What is the timeframe for completion?
  • What are the follow-up steps planned after the assessment is completed?

Determining the scope of the assessment also includes selecting the protected areas to be assessed. In countries with very low numbers of protected areas (e.g. Mozambique, Nepal, Algeria), all protected areas can easily be included. In countries with very high numbers of protected areas (e.g. China, Brazil, United States), assessment of all areas would not be feasible.

Strategies to adopt to narrow down the list include limiting the assessment to a:

  • particular region, such as a province, district, state, or ecoregion
  • single management category, such as national protected areas or specific IUCN categories
  • specific management objective

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