In collaboration with CONANP, local partners, experts, and the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we selected the natural resources to evaluate, established conservation and management objectives and goals, and defined the indicators that will be used to determine if natural protected areas are meeting the objectives for which they were created.

Once the indicators were selected, we evaluated those for which information was available, presented the results on the www.atlasnatura.org website, and created printed materials so that specialists, users, and stakeholders could discuss the results and make management suggestions.

The evaluation highlighted two results: the positive trend of Olive Ridley Sea Turtle populations in several areas, and improvements in advisory board governance in some sites. Today, evaluations for the eight indicators are available, including evaluations for the Goldspotted Sand Bass, the Brown and Green Octopuses, the Sea Cucumber, the Californian Sea Lion, the Whale Shark, the Grey Whale, the Green Sea Turtle, Snook, the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, and the Jaguar. It is important to note that in three of the five evaluated sites we included the operation of the advisory boards as an indicator.

Fotografía: Archivo PNO.

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