3 Jun 2019

Results Oriented Monitoring Review

European Union commissioned review to examine project status

ROM meeting with indigenous people in Philippines
Results Oriented Monitoring review meeting with indigenous people in Philippines © Hum Gurung
By Hum Gurung

The ‘Strengthening non-state actor involvement in forest governance in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Papua New Guinea’ project led by BirdLife International with support from the European Union conducted the Results Oriented Monitoring (ROM) review during February and March 2019. 

The European Union commissioned the ROM review mission to examine the relevance of the project to national and global needs and priorities; efficiency in economic inputs into project outputs, effectiveness in achieving expected results and impact and sustainability of efforts after project ends in January 2022.  An independent consultant Ms. Eleonora Avagliano, who was accompanied by Hum Gurung, Regional Project Manager, visited Indonesia and the Philippines from 18 February to 1 March 2019 for meetings with stakeholders, project staff and monitor the ongoing activities at the project sites. 

Burung Indonesia (BirdLife Partner in Indonesia) coordinated the field visits in Flores Island, the project site, to see the forest governance project activities and interviewed key stakeholders and project staff.  The interaction was held with West Manggarai Government Agencies, Forest Management Unit and Provincial Forest Agency staff and discussed on the collaboration and partnership with the government. 

An important meeting was also organised with representatives of Timber legality Assurance System (TLAS), Head of Planning Agency, Head of Trade, Industry, and Cooperative Agency on TLAS Working Group, Head of Community Empowerment Agency as Head Institutional Development of TLAS Working Group.

A focus group meeting was held with Local Conservation Group- LCG (Women Group) on Forest Monitoring and other relevant activities. Discussions with representatives of village government and LCG on implementation and support of the government forest monitoring program and sustainability of the project with partnership with local government.

In the Philippines the ROM mission team visited Mt. Hilong-Hilong which is an important forest landscape and Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, and one of the three project sites where the Haribon Foundation has been working with various stakeholders. The Haribon Foundation (BirdLife Partner in the Philippines) coordinated the field activities and meetings with stakeholders including indigenous communities at the project site. 

The ROM expert had discussions with the municipal mayor, officials of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and discussed the implementation of the project and the partnership approaches for project sustainability and collaborating on community-based forest monitoring. 

Meetings with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) were held do discuss how the project is supporting indigenous peoples and improving local forest governance.    Meetings were also held with village elders, women, youth and indigenous people and Bantay Banwa (forest guards) at Katrimma.  They shared how they are involved in forest conservation through ancestral domain (traditional forests) management practices which have been designated for indigenous communities living around the forests. The communities also reiterated the need for natural resource based livelihoods activities so that their commitment for forest conservation will remain high. 

The final report which was received recently highlighted the following key findings:

  • Relevance: The action definitely responds to the real needs of the target groups and end beneficiaries.
  • Efficiency: The implementation mechanism used for the project - a grant entrusted to Birdlife International and its partners - is conducive to meeting expected results.
  • Effectiveness:  Progress is good for the four components of the project.
  • Sustainability: All the activities carried out in the framework of the project are contributing to build stakeholders’ human capacity, for both men and women.

The ROM review mission was also useful for the project to identify issues in project design (e.g. logframe, indicators) and provide recommendations to solve issues and improve project implementation.