Mid-Term Performance Evaluation of Hariyo Ban Project
This mid-term evaluation gauges the performance of Hariyo Ban, USAID’s flagship project in Nepal. Hariyo Ban is a five-year project aimed at reducing the adverse impacts of climate change in Nepal and threats to its biodiversity. It is being implemented in two nationally important biodiverse landscapes: Chitwan-Annapurna and Terai Arc Landscapes.
The evaluation found that the project is making generally good progress in meeting its aims, especially regarding community-based activities such as biodiversity conservation and training natural resource managers. It is also raising awareness of climate change, improving rural incomes and facilitating the use of improved cook stoves and biogas.
The weakest objective is at the governance level, as it largely relies on success with REDD+ and payment for ecosystem services mechanisms.
It noted that a project aim is to develop local climate adaptation plans, particularly in the Terai Arc Landscape. The report issued recommendations for ensuring the sustainability of work; addressing sites that are underperforming; strengthening its water basin work; and improving government planning assistance.