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MPA EZ Financial Management Tool, Conservation And Community Investment Forum

MPA EZ is a free web-and Excel-based tool that provides an overview of an MPAs (Marine Protected Area) current financial situation and helps ensure that resource allocation is in-line with management objectives, financial and physical resources are used efficiently, and financing portfolios are sustainable.

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The CCIF MPA Financial Management Tool is a pragmatic platform for managing MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) that is financially driven but rich in a variety of other information as well. It rooted in the belief that financial modeling and business planning offer the ideal organizing mechanism for the establishment and management of MPAs; this approach ensures that both the conservation logic and operational model are well thought-through and financially feasible. The platform includes an online tool on the CCIF website, as well as an MS Excel version of the tool. The online tool consists of a wizard-like series of html forms that collect MPA-specific profile, cost, and revenue data and information in four different sections: MPA Profile, Revenue, Costs, and Resource Optimization Analysis. The outputs provide practitioners with an overview of the current financial situation (e.g., size of the funding needed to cover annual and cumulative expenses and the net present value of all funding that are required to support the MPA/ecosystem over a 10-year period), how to ensure that resource allocation is in-line with the management objectives, how to use financial and physical resources in a more efficient manner, and how to develop sustainable financing portfolios. The website will incorporate training materials and include a comprehensive wiki component including general and regional definitions and(in the future) best practices, thought pieces, and other related resources.

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Estuarine, Coastal And Marine Management

Parent Categories

Resources Allocation

Glossary Display Property

Estuarine And Marine Ecosystem Modeling

Management Process Modeling



Plan And Implemnentation Evaluation


Microsft Excel

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Parent Categories

Conservation And Community Investment Forum (CCIF)


Sarah Conway


Martin Wong

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Aspatial Decision Support Tools

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Web Enabled


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Plan Implementation, Monitoring, Performance Evaluation


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