Situational Analysis—National Context for enforcement of selected Protected Area

In order to develop your enforcement strategy there are key pieces of information that must be collated and understood. These include lay of the land (why is the protected area important, what are the natural assets that need protection), legal framework (what laws apply, what agencies are involved in protected area enforcement/management), and finally what do you want to focus on: enforcement goals. 

Informed, capacitated people should be involved in the process. Enforcement goals need to be S.M.A.R.T  (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound), this can only happen if the context is correctly represented. 

Context is key in the design of enforcement goals. Having a participatory process gets support and buy in from partner agencies and communities making enforcement “easier”.