THE IMPORTANCE OF LONG TERM MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE IN THE CONSERVATION OF THREATENED SPECIES AND ASSOCIATED HABITATS
Craig Mulqueeny
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

 

Abstract
This presentation highlights the importance of long-term monitoring and surveillance in ensuring the successful conservation of threatened species and their associated habitats.It briefly looks at how monitoring fits into the adaptive management cycle and its importance for provincial and national reporting on the State of Biodiversity, which is not only concerned with the current state but also with the trend in state. Ezemvelo has a number of successful long-term monitoring projects, but a fair number have failed or have been abandoned for various reasons including, poor design, lack of resources to sustain the programme, lack of feedback to management teams and often a lack of standardised documented monitoring procedures, where the turnover of staff has affected the quality of results and consequently the ability to determine trends.Ezemvelo has recognised this shortfall, and has set about documenting standardised procedures for monitoring, firstly in the form of norms and standards for monitoring plans and subsequently developing monitoring plans for focal and threatened species.A number of the recently completed plans will be highlighted in this presentation.A key component of the monitoring plans is an initial status report or baseline against which the success of management can be measured.Because a number of the species have been monitored for a number of years prior to the plans being formalised, the initial reports do also contain indications of trend in the state of the species.This presentation uses the long term data from these and some other long-term monitoring programmes in Ezemvelo to further emphasise the value of long-term monitoring and surveillance, and in so doing intends to ensure the ongoing support for development and implementation of monitoring plans and programmes in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF LONG TERM MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE IN THE CONSERVATION OF THREATENED SPECIES AND ASSOCIATED HABITATS
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