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The Ecuador Biodiversity Protection Project : Postimplementation impact assessment (English)

This report presents the findings of a postimplementationimpact assessment of the Ecuador Biodiversity Protection Project.The project was funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility(GEF) with a grant of 7.2 million dollars and was implemented between 1995 and 2000. The assessment was conducted a little over fiveyears after the project ended. The project was one of three biodiversity projects selected for long-term impact assessment. The aim of this type of assessment is to identify the long-term impacts, sustainability, and replicability of projects and the lessons to be drawn to improve the design and implementation of World Bank–GEFbiodiversity projects.The Biodiversity Protection Project was a response to the persistent constraints for the effective protection and appropriate sustainable use of biodiversity in Ecuador. The constraints identified during the project design included (a) lack of definition ofnational policy on protected areas ; (b) an inadequate institutional framework for addressingbiodiversity protection; (c) inconsistent enforcement of laws and regulations; and (d) insufficient budgetary allocations to support the management of the National System of Protected Areas (NSPA) at the central and regional levels. Accordingly, the project aimed at supporting the restructuring and strengthening of institutional capacity and of the overall policy and legal framework so as to ensure the adequate management and financial sustainability of the NSPA.




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The Ecuador Biodiversity Protection Project : Postimplementation impact assessment (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.