|Make your objectives
Specific: Objectives should specify
what they want to achieve.
Measurable: You should be able
to measure the extend of the problem and whether you are meeting
the objectives or not
Time – When do you want
to achieve the set objectives?
After intervention measures have been applied, periodic
evaluations may provide essential information for future improvements.
1. Have objectives been achieved ?
To be able to conclude objectively, whether an erosion problem
has been tackled succesfully, it is essential that the outcome
of the previous four steps of the decision loop [ Step
1 - specification of the problem and of the objectives at
a strategic and tactical level; Step
2 - quantification of problem and objectives at an operational
3 - definition of a benchmarking procedure; Step
4 - decision on an intervention measure ] have been documented.
And of course, a monitoring
program needs to be in place.
Periodic evaluations may reveal shortcomings in the existing
approach and contribute to improvements. The policy development
at the pilot site Holland
shows examples. As recommended by EUROSION,
accountable coastal erosion management implies the duty to report
publicly on all these aspects, based on a programme to monitor
developments and effectiveness of measures.