financial sustainability scorecard for national systems of protected areas
the purpose of this scorecard is to assist governments, donors and ngos to investigate and record significant aspects of the aps financial system - its accounts and its underlying structural foundations to demonstrate both their current health status and state if the system is moving in a comprehensive manner towards an improved long-term financial situation. the scorecard is designed for aps national systems but could be used by sub-national systems, as for example: state, municipal or regional networks of marine protected areas (mpas).
there is a section to record the pa system overall financial status and changes to capital inflows and outflows. however, the scorecard is designed to review progress of the pa system and the foundations entire financing system that will lead to future financial viability of the pa system. thus, the scorecard is structured to see the elements of a financing system, described below.
these elements alone provide guidance on what a schema for a pa financing system needs to cover. to evaluate each element can help a country identify which areas of its governance structure need to be improved to enhance its pa financing system. the questions regarding financial information also provide an opportunity for the country to assess its ability to generate and collect information on costs and revenues, essential for an ap financial planning. where information is not available, the provision of such information should be a priority for the country. although the scorecard recognizes the importance of cost-effective management in pa financing, it does not provide specific guidance on the use of funds.
the results of the financial scorecard can also contribute to the activity 3.4.5 within the 3.4 goal of the convention on biological diversity: "the regular provision of information on financing protected areas, including future national reports, to relevant institutions and mechanisms under the convention on biological diversity and the world database on protected areas."