Everglade National Park

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Describe the mechanisms and programmes that are in place in regard to each of the following management tools in the nominated site (fill only the fields that are relevant for your site)

Management tools Existing Mechanisms and programmes in place Comments (if any)
Public awareness, education, and information dissemination programmes yes One of the strengths of the National Park System of the USA is the many outreach, education, and interpretive programs offered. Visitors can learn about the history and ecology of the park by attending the many educational programs offered by Interpretative Rangers (http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/rangerprograms.htm) and at the park’s Visitor Centers (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Everglades_National_Park_map_ 2005.11.png).
Capacity building of staff and management yes Park staff is well integrated into national, regional, and local government and nongovernmental organizations and participate in interagency working groups and collaborative programs, both inside and outside of the park.
Research, data storage, and analysis yes South Florida Natural Resources Center (www.nps.gov/ever/naturescience/sfnrc.htm) and Florida Bay Interagency Science Center (http://keysnews.com/node/20900) are the scientific arms of the greater Everglades National Park/Florida Bay ecosystems and are staffed by approximately 50 professional hydrologists, oceanographers, wildlife biologists, marine biologists, and computer specialists.
Surveillance and enforcement yes Everglades National Park currently has 37 professional law enforcement personnel on staff. In addition, nearby Biscayne National Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have professional law enforcement personnel on staff to assist in surveillance and enforcement of the regulations of the entire area.
Participation of exterior users yes The park regularly works with educators, researchers, interagency scientists, universities, non-profit organizations, zoos, museums, and aquariums in articulating the park’s critical mission and importance.
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods yes Tour guides and guide fishermen are allowed by permit to commercially conduct several activities inside the park.
Adaptative management yes Park management is a truly adaptive process and these discussions can be found in past and present General Management Plans.