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Making Conservation and Restoration Count: Guidance for Effective Monitoring and Evaluation

Booklet

This booklet is a joint product of the Ocean Studies Board, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academies provide nonpartisan, objective guidance to decision makers by gathering together the nation’s top experts to address pressing issues.

 

This booklet draws its content from the following reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which are developed by committees of experts.

 

Effective Monitoring to Evaluate Ecological Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico identifies best approaches for monitoring and evaluating restoration activities conducted in the Gulf of Mexico in response to the 2010 Macondo Well Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

 

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan is a three-part series that reviews the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). That plan seeks to effectively manage the river-aquifer system to ensure the viability of the endangered species in the face of drought, population growth, and other threats to the aquifer.

 

A Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives examines the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, a network of 22 conservation areas created by a Secretarial Order of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2009.

 

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades, The Fifth Biennial Review. As mandated by Congress, the National Academies provides periodic independent reviews of progress of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP), which is a $16 billion 30– to 40–year effort to restore the Everglades.

 

This booklet also builds on examples and uses cases from the scienti c literature and other expert sources, notably the practitioner’s guide Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet by Craig R. Groves and Edward T. Game.