Project Information - Completed Study

Title: Consultancy for the Institutional Component of the Impact Assessment of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR): Scoping or Process Evaluation Phase
Description: The National Greening Program comes after a dip in the country's forest cover and a decade after a large reforestation program was judged to be unsustainable. Large-scale reforestation globally has met with limited success but as a jump-start mechanism that carpet-bombed large denuded areas with reforestation effort, the NGP seems to have succeeded in at least two of its measured metrics. As a bonus, the uniformity and strict monitoring of the program both in survival rates and financial flows can be used to clean up the DENR bureaucracy if complaints can be acted on swiftly and results communicated to complainants. To ensure efficiency and sustainability, a succeeding program would need to diversify methods based on scale, existing forest cover and implementer's motivations, use strategic policy interventions and targeted protection measures, and be implemented by an organization with a clear reforestation and forest production mandate with skills for dispute resolution, organizing and efficient technology transfer. Digital media would also have to be taken advantage of for mapping, public buy-in, crowd-sourced strategies and methods and transparency.
Investigator: Luna, Maria Paz G.
Publications: PN 2016-13: National Greening Program: Lessons from Institutional Analysis,