Terminal Evaluation of the Biochar for Sustainable Soils (GEF UN Environment MSP)

01 July 2019

The main obective of the Biochar for Sustainable Soils (B4SS) project was ‘to demonstrate and promote the adoption of sustainable land management (SLM) practices involving the use of innovative organic amendments based on biochar that improve the capture and efficient use of nutrients, and enhance productivity, improve climate resilience, support rural livelihoods, and contribute to watershed management.’

The project was conducted in six countries (Peru, Ethiopia, Kenya, China, Vietnam, Indonesia).

In line with the UN Environment Evaluation Policy and the UN Environment Programme Manual, the Terminal Evaluation (TE) was undertaken at completion of the project to assess project performance (in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency), and determine outcomes and impacts (actual and potential) stemming from the project, including their sustainability. The evaluation has two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and (ii) to promote operational improvement, learning and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UN Environment and DEA. Therefore, the evaluation identified lessons of operational relevance for future project formulation and implementation.