Mid-Term Performance Evaluation of the Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) Project
The Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) Project is aimed at improving the conservation and governance of Cambodia’s Eastern Plains and Prey Lang landscapes. This report evaluates the project’s performance halfway through its four-year period.
The project aims to achieve the following:
- Improve the effectiveness of government and key natural resources managers to sustainably manage forests and conserve biodiversity
- Improve Cambodia’s dialog on forest management and economic development
- Increase equitable economic benefits from the sustainable management of forests
Halfway through the project, deforestation in project areas dropped from 2.64 percent to .132 percent and natural resource management is being improved. Communities appear to support the project and are learning about forest values, laws, sustainable livelihood enterprises and other activities. Biodiversity, however, is not being adequately addressed.
The evaluation found that the political environment is a challenge as powerful interests are involved in illegal logging and forest concessions that contribute to deforestation. It nonetheless found that the SFB has surmounted initial hurdles and is moving in a positive direction. It issued recommendations on how it can make an even greater impact in achieving its aims, such as continued support for REDD+ activities and raising public awareness about protecting threatened forests.