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LTS-led consortium’s evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative’s (NICFI) support to Civil Society published at public seminar in Oslo and now available online

Pat Hardcastle Technical Director of the evaluation, Project Direct Chris Inglis and Senior Consultant Philippa Lincoln led a team including representatives of consortium partners Indufor, CMI, Ecometrica, during the presentation of results at a public meeting in Oslo.

Through its Civil Society Support Scheme, NICFI has provided grants to over 40 civil society and research institutions to implement projects related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. Projects range from primary research into technical aspects of REDD+, to policy advocacy and work on safeguards, to capacity building and REDD+ demonstrations.

The principle purpose of the evaluation was to determine whether the NICFI investment of over 650 million Norwegian kroner in support to civil society was on target to help the Initiative reach its overall climate and development goals.

The evaluation team found that projects were contributing to the development of an enabling environment for REDD+, were contributing to the development of national REDD+ strategies with a strong focus on social safeguards and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. In addition, projects were generating useful new knowledge and supporting local partners to become strong REDD+ actors in their own right.

The team recommended ways in which reporting systems and knowledge management processes might be improved. The NICFI management team have rapidly adopted the principle recommendations of the evaluation and have  initiated discussions on how best to  address these issues with a view to improving internal systems and better capturing new knowledge generated by the projects.

 

Read the full report here

Following the public seminar political advisor to Norway’s Ministry of Environment, Mr Audun  Garberg commented that the report will aid the development of Norway’s policies for strengthening civil society in developing countries in the context of forests and climate change.

 

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