Monitoring and evaluation of restoration success

Monitoring and evaluation of restoration success has become a standard procedure of conservation actions. The monitoring is supposed to ensure long-term success of restoration efforts. Following schedule is used to evaluate and adapt management methods, development processes and targets. Affordable concepts and easy-to-survey indicators are necessary to ensure long-term monitoring:

1. Analysis of the initial conditions
2. Definition of realistic management targets: with time consuming regeneration processes partial targets should be pronounced
3. Defining Intervals for data collection and, if necessary, additional examinations
4. Developing standardised data collection forms
5. Examining changes over time on the basis of ongoing surveys