Real-Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative Contributions to a Global REDD+ Regime 2007-2010

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Published:April 2011 by Norad
Commissioned by:Norad
Carried out by:LTS International in collaboration with Indufor Oy, Ecometrica and Christian Michelsen Institute
Series:Evaluation reports 12/2010
Pages:108
ISBN:978-82-7548-560-9
Tags:Climate and environment, Brazil, Congo (Democratic Republic), Indonesia, Tanzania, Guyana

Summary

This evaluation is part of the first phase of a real-time evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). As such, it is a major undertaking and the first of its kind for the Evaluation Department. The evaluation is conducted by a team of independent evaluators from the British company LTS International in collaboration with Indufor Oy, Ecometrica and Christian Michelsen Institute.

The evaluation was initiated in accordance with the Evaluation Department’s mandated responsibility to evaluate Norwegian development cooperation and motivated by the strong interest from NICFI to draw early lessons and allow corrections to be made in ‘real time’.

The primary purpose of this evaluation has been to develop a baseline for subsequent ex-post evaluations and to provide early feedback to the stakeholders and the public about preliminary achievements. As with any evaluation, the purpose is to provide feedback of lessons learned and to provide basis for accountability, including the provision of information to the public.

The evaluators have been provided with a rather daunting task, but we believe that the complexity of the evaluation subject has been well captured by the evaluators. Yet it should be recognized that not all aspects of NICFI have been evaluated at this stage and that the evaluation is not intended to give the answer about NICFI. It should also be kept in mind that REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is a complex and moving target.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts made and the cooperation rendered by the initiative’s staff and their development partners. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of our external advisers who have commented on the draft reports.

Our hope is that the reports from the first phase of the real-time evaluation will not only add to the experience and lessons learnt through this initiative, but as well contribute to an informed public debate about an important topic.

Oslo, March 2011
Asbjørn Eidhammer
Director of Evaluation

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