Stewardship Indicators

Many government agencies and NGOs are in the business of facilitating stewardship, through incentives, resources, education and training. Most of them do some kind of reporting on their stewardship programs, for example by recording the number of participants or the number of trees planted.  Such measures of progress are important tools to help make the case for ongoing investment, build capacity, develop a long-term vision for stewardship and provide accountability to both funding partners and landowners.

However, there is concern that the indicators typically used to report on stewardship progress are not adequate to properly assess the collective contribution of stewardship programs to biodiversity conservation. Reporting on the numbers of participants or acres involved in stewardship does not provide enough information about the environmental, biodiversity, economic and social benefits of stewardship activities.

Since 2010, SNO has facilitated several discussions about ways to improve stewardship indicators. We are currently developing a Province-wide template for collecting more consistent, reliable and useful indicators of stewardship success.  We are also working on gathering case studies that help to identify the links between stewardship activities and measureable results in terms of biodiversity and environmental health. SNO hosted a presentation and discussion on stewardship indicators at the Latornell Symposium in November 2012. Subsequently, we revised the template for stewardship indicators and conducted a pilot survey to evaluate it. A summary report of our work, with a final template, will be available soon.

Read SNO’s discussion papers and reports on Stewardship Indicators:

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