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Date and time: Tuesday 28th May 2019. 5.00pm for 5.15pm start to 6.15pm followed by networking until 6.30pm
Topic: Establishing an evaluation framework for South Australia’s Marine Park Network
Presenter: Alison Wright, Coordinator - Marine Parks Performance Program, Department for Environment and Water, SA 
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Friday 24 May 2019

This is a free seminar organised by the SA Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in South Australia and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. Members are encouraged to bring along colleagues with an interest in the topic even if they are not yet members of the AES. Please pass this invitation onto your networks.

Seminar overview

South Australia’s network of 19 marine parks was finalised in 2012 and fully implemented in 2014. The marine parks are ‘multiple-use’ with different zones providing for varying levels of protection and permissible activities. The strategies of the accompanying 19 management plans are delivered through four sub-programs of protection, stewardship, compliance, and performance, which are collectively designed to provide for biodiversity conservation and public appreciation, but also allow ecologically sustainable development and use of marine resources.

The Marine Parks Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Program is being implemented to measure the effectiveness of each management plan in achieving the objects of the Marine Parks Act 2007. A Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Framework has been released outlining the key steps required to deliver the MER Program, including the six evaluation questions. In addition, a MER Plan, which outlines the ‘why, what, where, and when’ of key information to be collected, evaluated and reported, is being implemented. A key deliverable of the program was the 2018 Marine Parks Status Report (2012-2017) documenting the management activities undertaken, and early ecological and socio-economic outcomes observed, after the first five years.

This talk will highlight the findings of the Marine Parks Status Report demonstrating how the program is currently on track to meet its statutory obligations through the implementation of activities aligned with the strategies of the management plans.


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