Five closed Darwin projects were reviewed and interaction was had with a further two current projects. A wide number of past and present project members and conservation stakeholders were met including the CBD focal point in Quito. It was found that all the projects met their objectives and have had positive outcomes and impacts. The longer term legacy of the earlier projects has been significant and all of the projects were found to have been remarkably successful and have outcomes and impacts disproportionate to funding levels, illustrating excellent leverage and legacy.
A mid term review (MTR) of the Darwin Initiative Project titled Africulture Centre (14-050) was commissioned and took place in January 2007. The Africulture Centre Project was led by GardenAfrica in partnership with Umthathi, in collaboration with of a number of United Kingdom and Republic of South Africa based organisations. The MTR was conducted by Fonda Lewis of the Institute of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Forests (ECTF). The main aim of the MTR was to assess progress, achievements and future direction of the Africulture Centre Initiative against the logframe. The MTR also included a follow up on issues raised in the review of interim and annual reports, recommendations on follow up activities as well as lessons learned that will inform the overall execution and achievements of the Darwin Initiative.
This Mid term Review was based on a field visit in December 2006, undertaken as part of a combined mission including Evaluation of Closed DI Projects in Indonesia and Sabah, Malaysia. The overall finding was that this is a highly relevant project with an innovative design addressing market-based approaches to song bird conservation. Bird keeping and Bird Song competitions are major pastimes in Indonesia, and especially in Java. The demand for wild caught birds has had major impact on natural populations, driving some species to the verge of extinction in the wild. By utilising captive breeding as an alternative, the project aims to reduce or eliminate this practice, allowing wild populations to recover.
Project 14-020 Network of Locally Management Marine Protected Areas in Solomon Islands was based in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands and was implemented by WWF-UK in partnership with WWF Solomon Islands (WWF-SI). The project commenced in July 2005 and ran until June 2008. The projects purpose was to support Solomon Islands peoples maintain marine biodiversity and fisheries productivity within the Solomon-Bismarck Sea Ecoregion through appropriate resource management practices such as development of new community managed MPAs and sustainable income generating activities. The project worked with four communities in the Western Province supporting their efforts to implement locally-managed protected areas.