Pacific Agricultural & Forestry Policy Network

Effective policies rely on good information. Policy makers from the region identified weak communication, poor engagement of stakeholders, and lack of timely information as constraints to the development of effective Pacific agricultural and forestry policies and the enforcement and implementation of existing ones. A robust regional information exchange was identified as a valuable tool to strengthen communication in the area of agricultural and forestry policy.

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TOR  for Terminal Evaluation of  Vanuatu Sustainable Land Management  Project TOR for Terminal Evaluation of Vanuatu Sustainable Land Management Project

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Consultancy (International Consultant)

Terms of Reference for the Terminal Evaluation of Sustainable Land Management Project, Vanuatu

Title: Team Leader for UNDP/GEF Project Evaluation

Project: Building Capacity and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management in Vanuatu

Duration: 25 days to be completed by June 5th, starting no later than May 4th

Supervisor(s): UNDP Multi Country Office (Fiji) in coordination with national executing agency (Department of Lands)

Duty Station: Vanuatu

Contractual Modality: Individual Contract

Project Background

The Medium Sized Project (MSP) on Building Capacity and Mainstreaming Sustainable land management in Vanuatu is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project is implemented by the Department of Lands. The project commenced in April 7th, 2008 and due for completion on April 7th, 2011 but was granted an extension until June 2012 (following a project mid-term evaluation in 2011).

Despite the growing official recognition of the problem of land degradation in Vanuatu, SLM objectives have not been adequately mainstreamed into policies, regulations, strategies, plans and educational systems. There is a lack of understanding of on the part of decision makers that land degradation is significant barrier to sustainable development. Although integrated farming systems are a way of life for local communities, the planning of local resource utilization is mostly guided by more specific sectoral objectives and policies. This suggests a strong need to create awareness and build capacity for integrative dialogue and land use planning among all stakeholders.

The capacity gaps in land degradation include: i) individual level –lack of technical capacity (district level and community level for implementation); ii) institutional level – financial and human resources, monitoring capacity for enforcement of its rules and regulations); iii) lack of baseline data state and national level); iv) systematic level – there is a lack of common understanding and mechanisms to coordinate and address common land management issues.

PAFPNet Survey, 2012 PAFPNet Survey, 2012

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We are in the process of upgrading our Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet) and we would really appreciate your views and opinions on the PAFPNet website and mailing list.

We would like to request a moment of your time to browse the PAFPNet site and answer the surveys attached or visit the following link for the Survey Monkey.

Survey Monkey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZC3MPTH

The PAFPNet site can be accessed through this link: http://www.spc.int/lrd/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=15&Itemid=13

On the survey it is important that you answer Questions:

  • 1. Name and Email Contact: because we would like to compare your details to the one’s that we already have and also we would like to know if there are members in our list that are already inactive.
  • 4. Country: because we would like to know where all PAFPNet members are based at this moment.

We URGENTLY request all our members to participate in this Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet) Survey !

We welcome any constructive criticism that will enable the betterment/ improvement of the Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet).

If you won’t be using the Survey Monkey please send your answers to the PAFPNet Administrator Miriama Kunawave Brown (Ms.) at [email protected].

PAFPNet provides an opportunity for stakeholders to connect, share and engage in forums and activities intended for the development of effective agriculture and forestry policies.  It also offers a platform for Pacific stakeholders to correlate with those from other regions and institutions and learn from their experiences in agricultural and forestry policy development and implementation.  PAFPNet is forging closer alliances and cooperation with other regional and international networks, particularly with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

To sign up to PAFPNet and receive regular information related to Agriculture and Forestry policy development please email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Subscribe to PAFPNet’.