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Final review of the project "Enhancing Tanzanian Capacity to Deliver Short and Long Term Data on Forest Carbon Stocks Across the Country" implemented by WWF Tanzania, Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of York (UK), WWF-US

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“Enhancing Tanzanian Capacity to Deliver Short and Long Term Data on Forest Carbon Stocks across the Country” is a REDD+ pilot project implemented by World  Wide  Fund  for  nature (WWF)  Tanzania  in partnership  with  the  Sokoine  University  of  Agriculture  (SUA),  University  of  York  (from  UK)  and  WWF  US. The project started in January 2011. It was planned to be carried out in three years, but the project was put in standstill due to mismanagement of funds at WWF TZ for a year starting in March 2012. In April 2013 the project got the approval to continue until June 2014 and a no-cost extension was later approved up to the end  of 2014. In  December  2014, the Royal  Norwegian  Embassy approved WWF’s request of expenditure after 31st December 2014 to allow  finalization and reporting. The project final report was sent to RNE on the 9th of April, 2015. The project budget was USD 1,978,509.

The project had six outputs:
1) 120 Baseline carbon plots established,
2) Hemispherical photographic survey of  carbon  plots  established,  
3) Utility  of  LiDAR  Technology  further  tested  in  Tanzanian  forest  habitats,
4) Soil  carbon  surveyed  across  Tanzanian  vegetation  types,  5)  A  range  of  future  scenarios  for  change s  in carbon stock produced, and
6) Capacity building, dissemination and communication.

The evaluation  uses  the  standard  OECD/DAC  evaluation  criteria  of  relevance,  effectiveness,  efficiency, impact and sustainability. This project was different from other REDD+ pilot projects in Tanzania as it only had a  national  level  scope  and  it  focused  on  influencing  national  MRV  policy  by  providing  data  and scenarios for decision making. The review was conducted in February - March 2015 with meetings in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, and followed by a visit to field to carbon plot sites in Iringa. The biannual reports, interviews and email exchange were used to get an overview on project’s progress.

Final Review of REDD+ Pilot Projects in Tanzania Report No. 2.