“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.