The Amazon Fund, in addition to evaluations of completed projects published in its annual report and on this website, promotes independent evaluations of the effectiveness of the actions it supports. 

With the completion of the first supported projects, a conceptual framework named “Impact Evaluations of Projects Supported by the Amazon Fund” was created to guide the independent evaluation teams on the minimum standards to be applied in these project evaluations, establishing a procedure that ensures a degree of comparability between different evaluations. 

With the increase in the number of completed projects, it was identified that evaluating them in thematic blocks according to their objectives would produce important inputs for the aggregation of the results and impacts achieved by them and for the identification of joint contributions to achieve the objectives of the Amazon Fund. An Addendum to the Conceptual Framework was developed to guide these thematic evaluations

A mid-term evaluation of the effectiveness of the Amazon Fund, covering the period from 2008 to 2018, was carried out by a team of independent consultants and completed in 2019, with technical coordination from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - ECLAC, of the United Nations (UN). This evaluation included two complementary thematic studies. The three reports can be checked at the following links:

Mid-term evaluation report on the effectiveness of the Amazon Fund

Amazon Fund benefit distribution study

Thematic study of the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR) projects supported by the Amazon Fund

Ex post impact evaluations of projects with about two years of completion can be acessed in the following table: 

Impact Evaluations (“ex post”)

Name of the project

Project Management

 

Amazon Bioactive Compounds

Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and Research Development and Support Foundation (Fadesp)

Click here 

Amazon Public Policy Incubator

Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and the Research Development and Support Foundation (Fadesp)

Click here 

Amazon Water Springs

Municipality of Alta Floresta/MT

Click here

Belém Islands

Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and the Research Development and Support Foundation (Fadesp)

Click here 

Biodiversity

Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and the Research Development and Support Foundation (Fadesp)

Click here 

Dissemination and Improvement of Sustainable Forest Management Techniques

Tropical Forest Institute (IFT) Click here 

Forest Assistance Program

Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS) Click here 

Going Green

TNC Brasil – The Nature Conservancy do Brasil

Click here

Mangrove Forests

Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and the Research Development and Support Foundation (Fadesp)

Click here

Portal Seeds

Ouro Verde Institute (IOV)

Click here

Socio-environmental Management in Municipalities of Pará

Amazon Institute for People and the Environment (IMAZON)

Click here

There is also the case of a project supported by the Amazon Fund ("Protected Areas of the Amazon - ARPA - Phase 2"), which was evaluated by the organization responsible for its implementation (Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity - Funbio) and WWF-Brazil. This impact assessment comprised a longer period (2005/2015) than that of the Amazon Fund's support (2010/2014) and can be checked by clicking here (complete evaluation in portuguese) and here (summary of evaluation in english). 

In 2016, KfW – the German Development Bank that is one of the Amazon Fund's donors – carried out an ex-post evaluation of the Amazon Fund. The KfW noted that it was not a definitive evaluation, since the Amazon Fund continues to operate and has a portfolio of projects that, in most cases, are in the execution phase.

The objective was to evaluate the viability of the Amazon Fund’s concept, its award mechanism and the strategic direction of the project portfolio. It was concluded that the Fund has become one of the pillars supporting the national plan to combat deforestation in the Amazon biome (PPCDAm), that its projects portfolio implements the elements of a REDD+ strategy effectively and that it has the potential to follow on from Brazil’s accomplishments in fighting deforestation and complement them with forest protection and sustainable production measures.

In this evaluation five aspects of the Fund’s operation were observed and classified: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of results. The overall rating of these aspects assigned grade 2 in the general classification of the Amazon Fund's operation, that is, the second highest grade in a scale of 1 to 6. That means, according to KfW's evaluation, that the Amazon Fund’s performence is good, fully in line with expectations and without significant shortcomings. 

Click here to acess KfW's evaluation.