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Chapter 5 - Community-Based Watershed Management Handbook

Chapter 5: Implementing the Management Plan

The focus of this chapter is on how to move from studying problems plaguing our estuaries to implementing management measures to solve those problems. To ensure success, the NEPs work with their partners to see that they follow through with their commitments to support Management Plan implementation. The NEPs invigorate local involvement by addressing local problems and developing finance mechanisms to raise money to pay for implementation activities. Indicators of success are developed, tracked, and communicated by the NEPs to build additional support for implementation. The NEPs improve their implementation performance by sharing successes and lessons learned at events, such as national conferences and workshops, and by updating their Management Plans periodically. This chapter discusses how the NEPs organize effective institutional arrangements that ensure long-term oversight and accountability, obtain stable and diverse sources of funding, monitor results and communicate them to the public, and update the Management Plan periodically.

The NEPs have learned that the following actions can help lead to successful implementation:

  • Organize effective institutional arrangements that ensure long-term oversight and accountability.
  • Obtain stable and diverse sources of funding.
  • Monitor results and communicate them to the public.
  • Update the Management Plan periodically.

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