During this stage, we contacted site authorities to request access to materials and information about their sites.
We developed an understanding of the site through a review of documents and spatial information related to the sites’ biodiversity, cultural, spiritual and other values, management and governance systems. These documents include spatial data (if any), site management plans, biodiversity survey reports and any other ecological or associated value documentations. In cases where written documentation was unavailable, we had arranged for direct interviews and extended a site checklist to the site authority.
We conducted site visits with the site authority to deepen our understanding of the site, do general observations and document site conditions including habitat quality, access and signs of disturbance.
Interviews and informal discussions were conducted with site authorities and representatives, where we discussed any key observations during the site visit. No biological sampling was conducted although we recorded GPS points and took photographs of the sites.
Information gathered from Stage 1 and 2 were compiled and assessed against the OECM criteria as described by the IUCN.
This final stage involved three steps:
- Compilation of information and develop a draft site profile. Cross-check draft with the site authority who will validate that the profile is an accurate representation of the site.
- Case studies were evaluated against the OECM criteria, guided by the IUCN OECM Assessment Methodology (Version 1.0) and the recently updated IUCN OECM Site Assessment Tool (Version 2.0)
- Once evaluation was completed, the overall outcome of the suitability of sites in meeting the definition and elements of an OECM was determined. A summary report describing the assessment outcome and justification will be generated.