Launch of the Impact of GEF Support to Protected Areas and Protected Area Systems

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The GEF Independent Evaluation Office in conjunction with the GEF Secretariat hosted a launch event and webinar on the recently completed Joint Impact Evaluation of GEF Support to Protected Areas and Protected Area Systems. A recording of the webinar will be posted in the coming week.

The most comprehensive evaluation of its kind, this impact evaluation of GEF support to protected areas worldwide includes both qualitative and quantitative evaluation approaches. It draws on evidence from global databases on protected area management effectiveness tracking tools, species population time series, and remote sensing of forest cover, but also draws on in-depth evidence from visits to seven countries and 28 protected areas. The evaluation was done jointly by the GEF and UNDP Independent Evaluation Offices in collaboration with the Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland, the Institute of Development Studies, the IUCN WCPA-SSC Joint Task Force on Biodiversity, the National Commission of Biodiversity and Knowledge in Mexico, and NASA.

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