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Terminal evaluation of the project "Participatory assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management in grassland and pastoral systems

Project code: GCP/GLO/530/GFF - GEF ID: 5724











Annex 1. Terms of reference

Annex 2. Implementation of the mid-term review recommendations

Management response

Follow-up report


FAO. 2022. Terminal evaluation of the project "Participatory assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management in grassland and pastoral systems". Project Evaluation Series, 02/2022. Rome.



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