Terminal evaluation of the “Expansion and strengthening of Mali’s Protected Area system” project (Mali)
This evaluation was done within the framework of the development of Thematic Learning Review of UNDP-GEF Ecosystems and Biodiversity (EDB) Team’s Portfolio of projects on Protected Areas. The Thematic Learning Review focused on a collection of approximately 120 GEF-financed protected area projects under the GEF-3, -4 and -5 funding cycles. The Thematic Learning Review was based on a review framework developed and agreed to at the beginning of the assignment. The report included an in-depth exploration of themes that advance understanding of solutions that have worked or not worked within the UNDP-GEF EBD protected areas portfolio of projects, so as to improve the design and implementation of ongoing and/or future projects.
The project’s goal was to contribute to conserving globally significant biodiversity in Mali and more specifically in the biodiversity rich southwest of Mali where endangered mammals such as the Derby eland and the western chimpanzee are still found. The project objective was to expand the coverage of Mali’s protected estate and significantly strengthen the management effectiveness of the protected area (PA) system, focusing in the southwest region and piloting new management models based on international PA categories.
In accordance with UNDP and GEF M&E policies and procedures, all full and medium-sized UNDP support GEF financed projects are required to undergo a terminal evaluation (TE) upon completion of implementation. The TE is conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance for GEF Financed Projects. The objectives of the evaluation are to assess the achievement of project results, and to draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming.