Putting good information to productive use requires
objective analysis and organization, but also advocacy effective within the
particular cultural and political realities of a given nation. Thus, a key
component of the ParksWatch program is forging partnerships with individuals
and NGO’s knowledgeable about local politics and advocacy.
ParksWatch was initiated in 1999 with a pilot project
in Venezuela and currently has active partnership programs in Mexico,
Bolivia, and Argentina.
Evaluations of key protected areas in Ecuador have been conducted in the first
half of 2004.
Additional partnerships will be forged elsewhere in
the tropical countries of Latin America, and ultimately we hope to expand
to cover the entire tropical world, including Africa and South Asia. ParksWatch
has carefully crafted and refined a methodology for monitoring and evaluating
parks that we believe can work throughout the world, for the benefit of biodiversity.