Identifying sites of global biodiversity conservation importance for the Fiji BSAP – Mid Term Review

A Mid Term Review of Darwin Initiative project 11-022 Identifying sites of global biodiversity conservation importance for the Fiji BSAP was conducted by ECTF with a field visit to Fiji over the period of 11-22 February 2005. The MTR was conducted in parallel to ex-post evaluation of two closed Darwin Projects in Fiji. Project 11-022 was implemented by Birdlife International in conjunction with local partners the University of the South Pacific, Department of Environment and the National Trust for the Fiji Islands. These local stakeholders were represented on the Project Steering Committee. The project was selected for review to assess the effectiveness of the IBA process in supporting the objectives of the CBD and to review issues of project management identified through the standard Darwin reporting cycle.

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Mid Term Review of A National Plan for Carnivore Conservation in Tanzania

The Mid-Term Review (MTR) was primarily intended to provide an external perspective on project progress and future direction for the benefit of the UK and host country institutions, and the Darwin Initiative. The aim was to assist a project increase efficiency and effectiveness, as well as draw out lessons for the Darwin Initiative as a whole. In the case of “A National Plan for Carnivore Conservation in Tanzania”, the in-country visit took place from 16-20 February 2004, approximately 16 months into the three year work plan. The Team Leader, Dr Sarah Durant, Institute of Zoology, along with her five colleagues (listed below), several collaborators, and the Director of the host/partner institution (Dr Charles Mlingwa, Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)), all participated fully in semi-structured interviews to facilitate the review. In addition, meetings were held with a range of stakeholder groups, including tour operators and hotel/lodge managers.