According to Mr. Genman Hasibuan, Head of BKSDA Aceh, “BKSDA has a mandate to increase the METT score to 70%, making it necessary to identify aspects or components in which METT has a high value.” Mr. Hasibuan made these comments at the opening of the Workshop on “Report Preparation and Follow Up Plan Following METT Assessment of Singkil Wildlife Reserve” held in Banada Aceh from April 26-27, 2016.
What is METT? METT (Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool) is a tool to measure the effectiveness of protected area management that is widely implemented around the world. USAID LESTARI, through its consortium partner Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), facilitated this 2-day workshop with the aim of reporting and developing a follow-up plan for Singkil Wildlife Reserve, one of the areas in Aceh that was assessed using METT.
The various reasons for assessing the conservation area include the need to implement evaluation tools, maintain accountability, improve international commitments, and increase awareness and support from key stakeholders in the region.