Harvesting, consumption and trade of forest meat are key causes of biodiversity loss. Successful mitigation programs are proving difcult to design, in part because anthropogenic pressures are treated as internationally uniform. Despite illegal hunting being a key conservation issue in the Pacifc Islands, there is a paucity of research. Here, we examine the dynamics of hunting of birds and determine how these contribute to biodiversity loss on the islands of Samoa.
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FAO’s project “Forestry and Protected Area Management” (FPAM) assists four countries, Fiji, Niue,Samoa and Vanuatu, with the goal of strengthening biodiversity conservation and the reduction of
forest and land degradation. The project’s development objective is to enhance the sustainablelivelihoods of local communities living in and around protected areas.
The objective of monitoring and evaluation is to determine if the management plan and annual work plans effectively contribute to achieving the plan’s objectives and desired conditions for the protected area. Monitoring and evaluation tasks should focus on rare resources, on activities authorized by the protected area administration, or on basic information needs for the protected area administration. With plan implementation under way, monitoring will provide the feedback loop for evaluating the plan.
Pomeroy, R.S., Parks, J.E., Watson, L. M. 2004. How is Your MPA Doing? A Guidebook of Natural and Social Indicators for Evaluating Marine Protected Area Management Effectiveness. IUCN Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK
Wongbusarakum, S., Pomeroy, B., 2008. SEM-PASIFIKA Socioeconomic Monitoring Guidelines for Coastal Managers in Pacific Island Countries. SPREP, Apia, Samoa
These guidelines provide guidance for conducting a socio-economic assessment in the Pacific Islands region.
Bunce, L. Townsley, P., Pomeroy, R., Pollnac, R. 2000. Socioeconomic Manual for Coral Reef Management. GCRMN, AIMS, Townsville, Australia.
This manual, which was developed to parallel the existing biophysical manual (English et al. 1997), is intended for use by coral reef managers to assist them with basic socioeconomic assessments in their communities.
Kronen, M., Stacey, N., Holland, P., Magron, F., Power, M. 2007. Socioeconomic Fisheries Surveys in Pacific Islands: a Manual for the Collection of a Minimum Dataset. SPC, Noumea, New Caledonia.