Terminal Evaluation of the Project: Expanding Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification at landscape level through incorporating additional ecosystem services

UN Environment Evaluation Office (2018)

This report is the result of a terminal evaluation of a UN Environment-GEF Full-size project implemented by Forest Stewardship Council between 2011 and 2017. The project was to contribute to the overall GEF goal that forest biodiversity is conserved through a process where voluntary FSC certification incorporates expanded and enhanced global and national forest management standards, which are applied to emerging markets for biodiversity conservation and other ecosystem services. The project objective was to pilot test expanded and enhanced global and national environmental standards applied to emerging markets for biodiversity conservation and ecosystems services, as an initial step for upgrading successful models for FSC certification. This was to be achieved through establishing FSC certification as a market tool for a wide range of ecosystem services not adequately covered for sustainable forest management. The evaluation sought to assess project performance (in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency), and determine outcomes and impact (actual and potential) stemming from the project, including sustainability. The evaluation had two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements; and (ii) to promote operational improvement, learning and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UN Environment and the main project partners.

Terminal Project Evaluations