Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) is a subtle art. How does one go about measuring, much less reporting on, complex issues in forestry such as land tenure and property rights, indigenous peoples empowerment, women’s issues, biodiversity, and forest governance? And how does one account for the vastly different situations countries find themselves in?
A couple days ago, some friends asked me about my recent trip to Democratic Republic of Congo for the Forest Investment Program (FIP). I enthused about the forest investment projects I visited, the dedicated colleagues I met, and the value of monitoring and reporting or “M&R.” Pardon? Come again? M&R? Clearly, I had lost my friends.
Tajikistan is considered the country most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in Central Asia, not to mention one of the poorest. Building adaptive capacity for climate change is one of the main activities of Tajikistan’s Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and in early May, a broad range of stakeholders gathered in the capital Dushanbe to share, discuss and assess the progress being made in this area.