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Cluster evaluation of two projects contributing to the second phase of the FAO programme ″Supporting the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests“

Project codes: GCP/GLO/347/MUL and GCP/INT/328/UK










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FAO. 2023. Cluster evaluation of two projects contributing to the second phase of the FAO programme ″Supporting the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests“. Programme Evaluation Series, 04/2023. Rome.



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