Monitoring Coral Reef Marine Protected Areas – A practical guide on how monitoring can support effective management: 2003

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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an important tool for marine conservation and management & monitoring plays a critical role in managing these MPAs

Monitoring provides the essential information required to make management decisions and determine if the decisions are working. Without monitoring, managers are essentially operating in the dark. This report was written in response to requests from many managers of MPAs from around the world who asked for advice on how to design and implement monitoring programs that can help them manage their MPAs more effectively