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Advancing More, Better and Faster Financing for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Review of the Effectiveness

Introduction

The performance of the financial mechanism has been under multi-layered reviews by the GEF agencies, the GEF Evaluation Office and the Conference of the Parties, in accordance with their distinct mandates and institutional interests. The review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism undertaken by the Conference of the Parties will be conducted every four years and this review should coincide with the meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Terms of reference

Decision XIII/21 sets out the terms of reference for the fifth review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism.

Procedures for implementation are as follows:

Under the authority and with the support of the Conference of the Parties, the Executive Secretary shall contract an experienced independent evaluator to undertake the review, in accordance with the above objectives, methodology and criteria.

The evaluator will design a questionnaire using the criteria adopted in the present terms of reference, to be sent to the Parties and other stakeholders as soon as practicable, and prepare a compilation and synthesis of the information received.

The evaluator will undertake such desk studies, interviews, field visits and collaboration with the Global Environment Facility and its Independent Evaluation Office, as may be required, for the preparation of the review, subject to the availability of resources.

The review will present results disaggregated, among other things, by subregional, regional, donor and recipient Party perspectives.

The draft synthesis report and recommendations of the evaluator will be made available to GEF for its review and comments. Such comments shall be included in the documentation and identified by source.

Based on the synthesis report and recommendations of the independent evaluator, the Executive Secretary shall prepare, in consultation with the GEF, a draft decision on the fifth review of the financial mechanism, including specific suggestions for action to improve the effectiveness of the mechanism if necessary, for the consideration of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation at its second meeting to provide its recommendations to the Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting.

The Executive Secretary shall submit all the relevant documents to Parties at least three months prior to the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Reports

Fourth review: Summary of the fourth review of the effectiveness of the Global Environment Facility (UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/5/ADD1, 17 April 2014): اللغة العربية, 中文, English, Français, Русский, Español; UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/INF/10: Fourth review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism

Third review: Review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/9/17; 26 April 2008) (ar en es fr ru zh) and review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism: the report of the independent evaluator commissioned to carry out the third review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/9/INF/20; 26 February 2008)(en)

Second review: Executive summary of the report of the independent evaluator for the review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/6/13/Add.1; 12 December 2001) (ar en es fr ru zh) and (UNEP/CBD/COP/6/INF/4; 14 January 2002) (en)

First review: Review of the Effectiveness of the Financial Mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/4/16; 5 February 1998) (ar en fr ru zh)

Reference: Budget and staffing of Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation - 2016 Review by OECD

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