Monitoring and evaluation of Rural Development Programmes according to VO (EG) 1305/2013 for the states Hesse, Lower Saxony/Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein - Evaluation of forest financing
The evaluation at the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics covers the forest related measures of three rural development programs. We examine the measure effects on biodiversity, water, soil and climate protection and on competitiveness of forest enterprises. Furthermore we analyze the implementation procedures to recognize if there are implementation obstacles.
Forest related measures within the rural development programs have the target to support forest owners in the sustainable and natural management of their forests. The most important measures to achieve this target are forest conversion, soil liming and forest road construction. In addition, different nature protection measures and wood processing are eligible, inter alia. Within evaluation we check if the measures are appropriate to solve the detected problems (relevance), if the chosen aims are achieved (target achievement) and if the measures are designed in a way that the intended impacts could occur (impact and causality).
Evaluation of the forest related measures takes place within evaluation of the whole Rural Development Programmes.
Main target groups are the EU, the federal and regional level which are financing rural development programmes. Furthermore, evaluation results are aimed to the professional public and scientific community.
The first step is the measure check: What are the specific objectives? Is the design of the measure appropriate /coherent with their objectives? Who are the intended beneficiaries? The next step is the analysis of the delivery: How many projects have been funded? How much public money was spent? Are there obstacles in the design of measures which prevent potential beneficiaries from applying for funding? Are the administrative procedures clear and easy to handle? Later on, impact analyses of the measures have a higher priority.
We use data from the funding-departments in the ministries and their administration and from general environmental monitoring of forest ecosystems, like National Forest Inventory. Furthermore we analyze secondary data sources and conduct own surveys and case studies.
5.2015 - 12.2024
Project status: ongoing