Evaluation and reporting
The Marine Parks Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Program has been implemented to measure the effectiveness of each management plan in achieving the objects of the Marine Parks Act 2007. Under the Marine Parks Act 2007 (MP Act 2007) the Marine Parks Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Program informs the adaptive management of marine parks and is designed to inform the statutory 10-year review of the management plans.
The document, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Framework – Marine Parks Program , outlines the key steps required to deliver the MER Program including the six evaluation questions. These questions provide the basis for the statutory review of the management plans and were developed from the 6 Objects of the Marine Parks Act 2007.
It is important that the data and information collected through the monitoring program as well as the evaluation are communicated appropriately and in a timely manner. There will be regular reporting coming from the program, updating on progress as well as outcomes of assessments and evaluations, with key updates occurring on at least an annual basis.
Baseline reports for South Australia’s 19 marine parks
A series of baseline reports for each of South Australia’s 19 marine parks has been prepared to inform the state's marine parks monitoring, evaluation and reporting program.
What’s in each report?
Each report provides information and descriptions for six components needed for a robust monitoring, evaluation and reporting program, including;
- ecological values (e.g. abundance and diversity of habitats and species)
- socio-economic values (e.g. tourism, industry, community use)
- physical drivers (e.g. water currents, temperature)
- socio-economic drivers (e.g. the price of fish, the cost of fuel)
- pressures on ecological values (e.g. coastal pollution, resource extraction)
- marine park management plans (what pressures are relieved and what changes might occur as a result of these plans).
Why are they important?
Baseline reports provide an invaluable snapshot in time so we can measure changes into the future.
The reports outline predictions of change to ecological and socio-economic values that might occur due to the marine park management plans, and also present a range of potential indicators that could be used to track these changes.
Accessing the reports
Regional impact assessment statements (RIAS)
On the 1 October 2015 a Regional impact assessment statement (RIAS) was released for Ceduna, Kangaroo Island and Port Wakefield which investigated any economic or social impacts resulting from the introduction of sanctuary zones in those areas. For futher information read the media release.
Access to information
DEWNR is committed to the Government’s Open Data policy. All technical reports relating to the program will be made publically available and accessible free online. Data and information associated with the reports will also be publically available and, wherever practical, be accessible on online and/or available upon request.
The marine parks website provides information assisting the public to understand the foundations of marine parks. EnviroData SA, NatureMaps and the SA Government’s data access portal, also provides public access to data, metadata, technical reports and policy documents relevant to marine parks.