PAME evaluations can be defined as “the assessment of how well protected areas are being managed – primarily the extent to which management is protecting values and achieving goals and objectives" (Hockings et al. 2006). Since the 1990s, a range of methods have been developed and applied to assess PAME at both site and system levels. Most PAME methodologies are built up around the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) framework for protected area management. The substantial body of assessment results from these ongoing efforts have been consolidated into the Global Database on Protected Area Management Effectiveness (GD-PAME).

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