Evaluation of the Conservation and Sustainable Development Program

MacArthur foundation has been implementing the Conservation and Development Strategy 2011-2020 Strategic Framework. They have supported 210 grants totalling $ 70,387,350 in the Mekong, Tropical Andes, Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa. There has also been emphasis of two global drivers of ecosystem decline namely: understanding China’s natural resource use and consumption patterns and the expansion of industrial scale agriculture. In addition emphasis has been on coastal marine management. The purpose of the evaluation is to understand: 1) the efficacy of the program’s approach and its outcomes and impact to date; 2) the relevance of the program and its priorities with respect to the problem of global biodiversity loss and the potential for philanthropy to catalyse effective solutions; and 3) the contribution of the program to climate change mitigation and ways to increase its impact. The evaluation is an opportunity to learn and adjust for the Foundation so that they know how to adjust their strategy and grant making to maximize impact this will be done through:

  • Assessing the efficacy outcomes and impact of the strategic framework to date
  • Assessing the impact of the strategic framework to date and future impacts
  • Assessing the relevance of the strategic framework and identifying course correction to increase future impacts
  • Assessing the contribution of the strategic framework to climate change mitigation and adaptation to increase impact

LTS has employed a theory based evaluation strategy based on a theory of change.

The Potential to Help Increase Sub-Saharan Access to the Clean Development Mechanism

LTS undertook a study to identify the scope for DFID Africa Division to provide support that increases access to pre and potential post 2012 CDM funding by Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has not proportionately benefited from the CDM compared with other regions; the region_s share in the current CDM project pipeline is only about 1.4%. SSA has not benefited in proportion to the potential for CDM in the region. LTS reviewed the CDM experience to date in SSA and presented a detailed report that identified current and future ways for donors to help SSA to increase access to CDM and ways that donors can provide support to increase SSA CDM access. It also provided recommendation as to how DFID can help SSA to increase access to current and potential future CDM.

Briefing Paper on Lessons from Different Policy Approaches for REDD

In August 2008, a round of United Nations climate change negotiations took place in Accra, Ghana, from 21-27 August. The Accra Climate Change Talks took forward work on a strengthened and effective international climate change deal under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as work on emission reduction rules and tools under the Kyoto Protocol. LTS International was commissioned under DEW Point, the DFID Resource Centre for Environment, Water and Sanitation, which is managed by a consortium of companies led by Harewelle International Limited, for a short assignment, to compile a technical paper for DFID representatives present at this UNFCCC Africa group meeting. The briefing note included a review of the current policy issues concerning REDD followed by an analysis of the future issues and opportunities for Africa under varying REDD approaches.

Mid Term Review of Conservation Management Training and Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan Africa

On behalf of the Darwin ECTF Monitoring and Evaluation component, Patrick Abbot conducted a field visit to CEAD as part of a mid-term review of Darwin Project 13-002. The field visit was undertaken between 1st and 5th February 2006. Meetings and interviews were held with CEAD staff and management, University and Faculty management and with representatives of the provincial nature conservation organisation (EzemveloKZN Wildlife EKZNW). Pre-visit and follow-up discussions were held with ICPL in Aberystwyth, UK. The review aimed to assess the progress, achievements and future direction of the project against the original proposal and logical framework and identified lessons that would emerge from the project for the Darwin Initiative as a whole. This project aimed to develop a new distance learning Masters course in Protected Areas Management (PAM) to enable resident protected areas managers to develop their competence whilst remaining at their duty stations.