Environmental monitoring: the scale and speed of implementation varies according to the degree of peoples involvement
This report assesses whether participation in data collection and analysis influences the speed and scale of decision-making and action. It finds that whereas scientist-executed monitoring influences decision making at regional, national and international level, there is a time-lag of between 3 and 9 years before decisions are implemented, and this kind of monitoring has little impact at village level. Monitoring schemes that involve local stakeholders are more effective at influencing local resource management decisions at the district, village and households scale, and result in faster decision-making to tackle environmental challenges. These findings are relevant for both governments and NGOs with an interest in ensuring that the results of environmental monitoring influences resource management decisions.