Biodiversité Conseil believes that evaluation is only of real value if it helps organisations take stock of what they have achieved and use that information to plan for the future The mid-term reviews give the opportunity to the different partners/stakeholders of a project to re-examine the design of the project in the details. The final evaluations usually document the results achieved; the problems encountered; the lessons learned; and the knowledge gained from carrying out the project. The report describes and evaluates final project outcomes. The final outcomes are then compared to expected results. Biodiversité Conseil provides technical assistance in the development of these evaluations.

Over the years, Francis Staub developed skills in data analysis, including desk study based reviews, and experience in developing evaluation instruments, such as interviews protocols and – online - surveys. Below some examples of evaluation services provided.

Final evaluation and capitalisation of the Small Projects on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean supported by MedPAN

The purpose of the contract was to conduct a final evaluation and capitalisation of the Small Projects on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean supported by MedPAN. The main objectives of the contract were to do the final evaluation of each small project (13 projects) funded under the 2014 and 2015 Calls for Small Projects (13 projects), to capitalise on best practices and methods developed by small projects in order to highlight their results among other MPAs in the Mediterranean, and to analyse ways to optimise and improve future Calls for Small Projects. The projects were implemented in the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Lebanon, Montenegro, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey. This contract was done with Catherine Gabrié.

  • Topics: Marine Protected Areas & Evaluation
  • Region: the Mediterranean
  • Date: 2016
  • Client: Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN)

Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) expert for the Pacific region for the BEST 2.0 Programme

Francis Staub has been appointed as a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) expert for the Pacific region for the BEST – voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas – 2.0 Programme supported by the European Commission DG DEVCO. The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate projects received within the calls for proposals under the BEST 2.0 Programme. Projects to be funded will promote i) the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, ii) the sustainable use of ecosystem services and natural resources, and iii) the ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in EU Overseas Countries and Territories in the Pacific (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Pitcairn). More than 50 proposals evaluated so far.

Review of annual reports of projects funded by the Darwin Initiative

LTS has provided support to the Darwin Initiative since 2003. Duties under this contract have included: applications management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, technical support to projects and lessons learning and communications. Francis Staub conducted for LTS, the review of the following annual reports: sustainable management of threatened keystone predators to enhance reef resilience (Cayman Islands), community-based conservation for livelihood development in Lake Ossa Manatee Reserve (Cameroon) and establishing Sustainable Management of the Lake Sofia Catchment (Madagascar).

  • Topic: Evaluation and ecosystems
  • Date: 2016
  • Client: LTS International

Recommendations during the selection process for the special call for proposal: sustainable management of artisanal fisheries along the coast of Mozambique

The project needed to improve the sustainability of the artisanal fisheries by:

  • ­Improving for the long-term fisheries data collection on a wide scale (for instance at protected area and/or provincial level);
  • ­Reducing damaging and unsustainable fishing practices and improving fisheries management and enforcement around fishing methods, protected species, temporal and spatial closures such as sanctuaries, etc.;
  • Advocating in a participatory manner (with other stakeholders such as NGO’s, academia and fishermen representatives…), at provincial and national level, to improve the legal framework and its implementation;
  • ­Increasing and diversifying income of coastal communities, in particular fishermen families, by promoting sustainable income generating activities (IGR), related to fishing, or not. Ideally, these IGR will contribute to build local buy‐in to marine conservation.

Evaluation of IUCN trainings on Protected Area

The IUCN PAPACO developed two trainings in protected area management: a Master’s degree (two years)and a university diploma (8 weeks) on protected area management. These courses are aimed at protected area managers (and their scientific, NGO or private sector partners). They provide them with the tools and specific technical skills required to improve the way parks are managed and to ensure their actions are sustainable. The university diploma (8 weeks) is organised in modules combining theory and practical field work where the different tools can be applied. To date, more than 150 persons have been trained. The study assessed the impact of the trainings and provided recommendations.

Implementation Completion and Results Report (ICR)

Evaluation of the main features of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project for the implementation of Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Strategic Action Plan (SAP) against the expectations at appraisal, including the design, the cost estimate, outputs, and outcomes of the project. The work also includes the review and evaluation of the performance of PERSGA, its members countries, the Bank, and the other GEF Implementing Agencies.

Report: ICR Report (PDF File - 131 KB)

Score Card to Assess Progress in Achieving Management Effectiveness Goals for Marine Protected Areas

Development of Score Card (SC) to be used by Marine Protected Area managers to assess their progress and to report on this in a standardized way is consistent with the WSSD target and with the reporting needs of institutions like the Word Bank. The Score Card allows evaluating and reporting on the performance of Bank investments in marine protected areas to its shareholders and other partners, such as the GEF. It also may serve as a useful tool to other practitioners and institutions involved in Marine Protected Area management. The Score Card was developed for the World Bank. More information.

Evaluation of the “Coral Reef Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)” programme

Under initial start up funds from the US Department of State and NOAA, a toolkit and training programme has been developed for standardised coral reef enforcement and natural resource investigations, which can be adapted for use in any major coral reef region and applied to a wide variety of events. Regional training workshops are being conducted in regions around the world, focusing on the toolkit components, to train coral reef resource managers and enforcement personnel in enhanced resource protection and management capabilities to respond to natural resource impact events.