ITMEMS2 Awards for Management Effectiveness

Andre Jon Uychiaoco andreu at
Wed Oct 16 05:33:43 EDT 2002

The Evaluating Management Effectiveness Session (Theme 14) would like to
sponsor the ITMEMS Awards for Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management.  The
Awards aim to encourage, recognize/honor and publicize particularly
innovative, effective and efficient management practices.  Nominations in
the form of a poster may be submitted by anyone prior to ITMEMS.
Nominations may win in more than one category.  Awarding will be based on
votes submitted by attendees of the ITMEMS to practices in particular sites.
Attendees may not vote for their own sites.

Interested people and all those already planning to presenting case studies
at ITMEMS2 please take note of the criteria below.  You may send in comments
on how to improve the criteria as well as make sure to prepare your
nominations such that it can be evaluated on the basis of the specified

"Polyps" in honor of the humble coral polyps that build the largest
structures made by living organisms are awarded to excellent collaborations
or other foundational management practices. "Dugongs" in honor of the docile
seagrass-feeding mammals that represent how easily nature and some marginal
sectors give in to human attack are awarded to management that protects the
weak. "Fireflies" in honor of the fireflies that once lit-up the mangroves
of the mystical isle of Siquijor (Philippines) are awarded to particularly
sharp/astute management practices.  (Adapted from the Academy Awards for
Motion Pictures also known as the "Oscar" awards)

1. The "Polyp" for Most Participatory Management (care of Theme 1 & 3)
Criteria: Level of involvement (e.g. percentages) of each sector of
stakeholders (government, local community, private sector, academe/research,
NGO, indigenous peoples, etc.) involved in management; Level of
accountability each sector actually has relative to the other sectors.
2. The "Dugong" for Most Equitable Benefits from Management (care of Theme
Criteria: Level of present socio-economic benefit; Equitability of
distribution of such benefits with preference for marginal sectors.
3. The "Firefly" for Most Financially Sustainable Management (care of Theme
Criteria: How closely financial input matches or exceeds financial expenses
for management; Diversity of financial sources (not including foreign
funding assistance); Subsidy of other areas (if applicable, for example a
tourism area subsidizing the management of a non-tourism area); Speed of
delivery of revenues to management use.
4. The "Polyp" for Best Information/Education/Communication or Capability
Building Practice (care of Theme 7)
Criteria: Greatest (number of persons and change per person) demonstrated
increase in environmental awareness or management capacity; Relative cost of
IEC/Capability Building program; Type of target audience.
5. The "Dugong" for Most Efficient Law Enforcement (care of Theme 12)
Criteria: Effectiveness of law enforcement (apprehension, prosecution and
sentencing) against practices that destroy tropical marine ecosystems; Cost
of law enforcement relative to its effectiveness, the size of the area and
level of threat (e.g. the number of fishers/km2).
6. The "Firefly" for Most Innovative Management Practice, Policy or
Institutional Arrangement (care of Theme 14)
Criteria: Originality of management practice/policy/institutional
arrangement; Effectiveness of management practice/policy/institutional
arrangement; Cost of management practice or Degree of acceptability of
policy/institutional arrangement (e.g. whether it has been legislated).
7. The "Polyp" for Best Management of Pollution or Fishing (care of Theme 6,
11, 13)
Criteria: Degree to which pollution/fishing pressure was minimized or
avoided or stopped; Degree to which the source(s) of pollution or fishers
were still able to gain benefits given the lower pollution/fishing levels.
8. The "Dugong" for Best Enhancement or Rehabilitative Practice (care of
Theme 10)
Criteria: Degree to which a habitat or species was brought back relative to
original levels; Cost of enhancement/rehabilitation.
9. The "Firefly" for Most Replicated Practice (care of Theme 4 & 14)
Criteria: Degree to which a management practice has been
replicated/multiplied relative to the input of resources (information,
financial resources, etc.) from the site where such management practice was
10. Most Useful Monitoring and Evaluation or Research (care of Theme 5 & 8)
Criteria: How well monitoring and evaluation results or research results
have been understood and used for actual management decision-making;
Closeness/speed of feedback from M&E/Research to management decision-makers;
Degree to which both scientific and local knowledge have been used (if
11. The "Dugong" for Most Ecologically Sustainable Mix (care of Session
Criteria: How well a particular site is able implement a mix of the various
management practices in order to achieve a particular demonstrated level of
ecological sustainability.  (This award may perhaps not yet been given this
year due to the difficulty in selecting a winner.)

Thank you,

Andre Jon Uychiaoco, Marine Science Institute, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines. Tel. 63-2-922-3959,
Fax. 63-2-924-7678, E-mail andreu at

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