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    Evaluation of FAO’s Asia Regional Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme in the Greater Mekong Subregion
    Project code: GCP/RAS/229/SWE
    2020
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    Chemical production, use and disposal will continue to increase worldwide; assessments and forecasts predict that global chemical sales will grow by about 3 percent per year until 2050, the major part of which will take place in Asia. South-East Asian countries in particular have shown strong industrial growth in agriculture during the last two decades. Many countries in Southeast Asia lack the capacity to handle chemicals management issues and are in great need to develop institutions, legislation, knowledge and general awareness. The countries face many challenges in the area of chemicals management, in particular pesticide governance. The intensive and often insufficiently controlled use of pesticides in the large agriculture sector is a major part of the issue. The programme “Towards a Non-Toxic Environment in South-East Asia” was designed and funded by Sida and coordinated by KemI. It was implemented in association with the FAO RAP; PAN-AP and TFA, which aimed to reduce health and environmental risks by monitoring, regulating and managing agricultural, industrial and consumer chemicals around the . This evaluation assessed the role and contributions of FAO against the programme outcome-level results: (i) strengthened regulatory framework for the control and registration of pesticides; and (ii) adoption and economic benefits of the community-level Farmer Field School (FFS) activities in all partner countries within Phase II (from 2013 to 2018. In addition, the evaluation assessed FAO’s work on gender mainstreaming, communication and follow-up actions taken in response to the 2016 mid-term evaluation.
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    Report of the Workshop on Creating an Enabling Envrionment for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries
    Rome, 14–16 November 2023
    2024
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    The project “Creating an enabling environment for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries” (GCP/GLO/965/SWE), funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), supports the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). It does so by, inter alia, improving relevant legal frameworks applicable to small-scale fisheries and reducing marginalization of small-scale fisheries stakeholders in decision-making processes. The project works with a wide range of stakeholders, ranging from small-scale fishing communities and organizations, to governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and academia, in both marine and inland waters. The project, initiated in December 2018, was designed under the FAO Umbrella Programme for the Promotion and Application of the SSF Guidelines (PGM/MUL/2015-2020/SSF) – Enhancing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security and sustainable livelihoods. Activities under the project first started in Cabo Verde, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Philippines, Senegal and United Republic of Tanzania. In subsequent phases of the project, support was further extended upon ad hoc requests to other countries, such as Mozambique, and to a number of small-scale fisheries organizations, civil society orgranizations (CSOs) and NGOs. The project fosters synergieswith the project implementing the SSF Guidelines for gender-equitable and climate resilient food systems and livelihoods’ supported through the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). A workshop on this project with project countries and partners brought together people to share experiences and lessons learned from the project. The workshop, which took place in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 16 November 2023, hosted discussions on the additional followup support that is required to further facilitate the implementation of the SSF Guidelinesat national, regional and global level, hence contributing to a more sustainable small-scale fisheries sector.
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    Mid-term Evaluation of the UNEP/FAO/GEF Project Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) 2009
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    The project “Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA)” is a global initiative with several actors involved in the implementation. The project involves UNEP as the implementing agency, FAO as the executing agency, international organizations, universities, research centres and six countries through their national institutions: Argentina, China, Cuba, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The project has a total budget of US$ 16.58M that is financed by a GEF contribution of US$ 7.725M and by co -financing commitments of US$ 7.98M. The project was approved by GEF on December 29, 2005, started on May 1, 2006 and the expected completion date is May 2010. The project strategy is to help to overcome current policy and institutional barriers to sustainable land use in dryland zones that are occasioned by the lack of quality information on the extent and severity of dryland degradation. The project has two principal objectives: (i) develop and implement strategies, methods and tools to ass ess, quantify and analyse the nature, extent, severity and impacts of land degradation on ecosystems, watersheds and river basins, and carbon storage in drylands at a range of spatial and temporal scales; and (ii) build national, regional and global assessment capacities to enable the design, planning and implementation of interventions to mitigate land degradation and establish sustainable land use and management practices. These two objectives will be realized through the following four expect ed outcomes: (1) an improved needs-based and process-driven approach to drylands degradation assessment tested and disseminated; (2) a map with information retrieved from the global/regional land degradation assessment in drylands, which will constitute a baseline of the status of land degradation in drylands, with a special emphasis on areas at greatest risk; (3) detailed local assessments and analysis of land degradation and its impact in the pilot countries; and (4) A proposed global action p lan, incorporating main findings from the project, conclusions and recommendations for further action. This Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) has been initiated by UNEP Evaluation and Oversight Unit (EOU) in cooperation with the Evaluation Service of FAO (PBEE). The objective of the evaluation was to assess operational aspects, such as project management and implementation of activities and also the level of progress towards the achievement of objectives. It provides an in-depth reflection of project progress, priority actions for the last phase of the project and recommendations for the remaining period of the project and other future similar initiatives. This MTE is based on a desk review of project documents and on interviews with key project informants and project staffs including a one-week mission to Mendoza, Argentina to participate in a LADA training workshop and one-week in Rome, Italy and Tunis, Tunisia. The methodology included the development of an evaluation matrix to guide the entire data gathering and analysis process. The findings were triangulated with the use of multiple sources of information when possible. The evaluation report is structured around the GEF five evaluation criteria: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Results/Impacts and Sustainability.

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