Our evaluations are only useful if made
accessible to the relevant stakeholders. Thus, a key component of our work is
publicizing the results of our audits internationally, nationally, and locally
in a way that is both prompt and focused on priority needs.
The primary information we collect from
the field is synthesized and made available to the international conservation
community through the Internet and the growing network of ParksWatch advocates.
By posting the results of our on-site evaluations on our website
and keeping the existing information up-to-date, we aim to provide visitors
with the wealth and quality of information expected from a clearinghouse on
The data gathered through our field evaluations will be made
available on our website and you will soon be able to search our datasets. Aware
of the power of multimedia applications, we intend to incorporate video footage,
and at a latter date we aim to provide geo-referenced datasets as well as interactive
Nationally and locally, ParksWatch partner
NGOs use their own proven advocacy methods to publicize results and to focus
attention where needed most. Activities may include publishing newspaper articles,
doing radio and TV interviews, participating in lobbying campaigns, drafting
management plans or contributing to new legislation. Our partners also freely
and regularly share the results of the evaluations during conferences, meetings
and workshops to any number of stakeholders, including NGOs, governmental agencies,
academic institutions and local communities involved in park management.
Inevitably, our role will vary from site
to site, but overall we seek to bring attention towards the highest priority
situations as determined by our evaluations. The data regarding threats to specific
parks should help our partner organizations and other stakeholders focus their
efforts. Eventually, our hope is that governments, NGOs, and donors alike, will
rely on us as a primary source of information on prioritizing efforts to improve
the management of tropical parks.