The evaluation of closed projects in Panama and Costa Rica was carried out through a series of telephone interviews, correspondence with project leaders, team members and a field visit to both countries where face to face interviews took place. The five projects evaluated spanned from 1993 to 2006 with a post project still ongoing, which follows on from a previous Darwin Initiative funded project. The scope of projects varied from a pilot for software development for insect identification, to the conservation of a marine management zone, the development of capacity for monitoring of species, the capacity development of Central American National Focal Points, to the establishment of an insect collection. All the projects were considered to be relevant, and to have furthered biodiversity conservation.
The objective of the evaluation of closed projects was to review the outcomes of Darwin Initiative projects in view of their original proposal and logical frameworks. Seven projects were reviewed during a field visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Rodrigues which took place during the 20th to the 30th of November 2006. These visits were preceded and followed up by communications with relevant UK institutions. Interviews were conducted with other key stakeholders, such as Government Departments, when feasible.
This report provided the findings and recommendations of the mid-term review for Darwin Initiative Project 13-027: Developing Reserves for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries in Rodrigues. The mid-term review aimed to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the project thus far and provide suggestions to overcome issues constraining project progress. One week was spent in Rodrigues with host country partners and interviews were held with a range of stakeholders. The project achieved significant progress in a number of areas on monitoring and education/awareness activities particularly. The main host institution, Shoals Rodrigues, is a ‘child’ of successive DI projects that is now maturing into a credible local NGO run by respected local staff. This is a significant legacy for the Darwin Initiative.