This evaluation of a closed project was of Darwin Initiative project 8-009 that was implemented by the International Centre for Protected Landscapes (University of Wales Aberystwyth in conjunction with Pacific regional partners, the University for the South Pacific (USP) and the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Participants for the training course were selected from a range of Pacific Island states. The project succeeded in creating a valuable short-course supporting conservation activities in the Pacific Region. The final report and associated review notes that the distance learning component was not delivered during the project, but it must be noted that the project operated over a period which included major national disturbance through the 2000 political coup.
This review is based on a field visit to the project carried out between 16 and 27 February 2005, with a period of 7 days at the project site. 2. In its original form, the project aimed to determine the comparative biodiversity, above ground carbon-sequestration and hydrological impacts in 3 forest types primary forest, secondary forest and plantation around Jari, ParÃ¡, Brazil. There were three collaborators; the principal contractor was University of East Anglia with Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi (MPEG) as the primary research partner and Jari Celulose (JC) as the land owner and forest manager. The proposal was accepted in 2003 and ran from May 2003 to April 2006.