Decision Making Tools

Arpa Program Coordination and Management System (SisArpa)

Arpa Program Coordination and Management System (SisArpa) can be accessed on line to monitor, plan and manage the Program.

SisArpa allows both the filling out of the Protected Areas Assessment Tool – FAUC and the design of the Pluriannual Strategic Plan – PEP  (described in the next section), as well as the review and approval of such instruments by the Focal Points in the management agencies and the UCP. The System also includes a module for work plan design and input planning, which is integrated with Funbio’s ‘Cerebro’ (Brain) System.


The Protected Areas Assessment Tool (FAUC) allows the assessment of the PAs management effectiveness and provides a basis for Arpa planning and monitoring actions.

Through FAUC it is possible to follow up the progress in the PAs management implementation process regarding the program targets and guide the efforts made by managers and implementation agencies.

FAUC evaluates 33 PA management requisites, which are subdivided into six elements (planning, inputs, process, results, thinking and improvement).  These are grouped in two integrated subsystems:  effectiveness and progress.

Effectiveness in FAUC includes all of the 33 indicators; they are used to assess the PA management effectiveness in the systemic and local levels.  Progress in FAUC includes 16 indicators, considered to be Milestones to demonstrate the progress obtained in the situation of each PA; they are used to assess the Program outcomes.

FAUC originated from a tool proposed by the World Bank/WWF Forest Alliance: “How to report progress in the Protected Areas”, also known as the Tracking Tool (TT), which was introduced in Arpa in 2004. According to the Forest Alliance, the tool should:  be compatible and comparable with the assessment of PAs having World Bank and WWF support; be replicable;  allow monitoring over time; be quick and easy to fill out (the form), without requiring a great deal of resources; provide a score (grades); offer alternatives to a literal answer; and others.

Based on various TT adaptations, FAUC was developed for Arpa use taking into account the particular aspects of the Program, such as the inclusion of sustainable use PAs and the compliance with the National Protected Areas System (SNUC).  It is a reference model for the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)1.

FAUC is a module in Arpa’s Management and Coordination System – SisArpa.  Click here to view the tool.

Conservation and Investment Strategy (ECI)

The Conservation and Investment Strategy[1] (ECI) is a computational tool to support the Arpa Program decision making.  Its use includes the following:

(i) Selection of the PAs creation processes which will be supported by Arpa.

(ii) Selection of PAs which are not yet supported by Arpa, to have its consolidation process funded, maximizing the meeting of priorities shown in the map of Brazilian Biodiversity Priority Areas for Conservation, Sustainable Use and Benefit Sharing.

(iii) Prioritization of actions in the PAs which are already supported by the Program, regarding the PA management consolidation process, maximizing the progress in achieving results (in terms of indicators/milestones) and effectiveness, taking into account Arpa targets and available resources.

(iv)  Selection of PAs which are supported by Arpa, regarding their consolidation progress in degree II

[1] The Program Committee may propose adjustments implying reviewing ECI, wich was reviewed in the beginning of the second phase, in order to determine the support priorities for that period (2010-2013).