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Project GreenHands - Monitoring and Evaluation

The Isha Way
29 May, 2019
2:56 PM

Monitoring and evaluation are essential elements of PGH. From seed collection, to the establishment of nurseries and the development of planting areas, we keep comprehensive records.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation are essential elements of PGH. From seed collection, to the establishment of nurseries and the development of planting areas, we keep comprehensive records. 

Initial Surveys: Before any planting or planning happens, we carry out an initial survey of an area to collect environmental, social and economic data. We use satellite technology (GPS) to create a Geographical Information System (GIS) documenting the area, a ground survey is carried out to clarify the varieties of plants already present, and soil and water quality tests are done. The outcomes of these surveys are submitted to experts for their analysis and recommendations. 

Registration: As part of the awareness campaigns and social mobilization programs, the registration of participating land owners is carried out. At this stage they are given the details of the planting conditions and invited to make a formal commitment to introduce and maintain trees on their land. 

Data collection: A Database is created of all sapling distribution and all planting. This documentation is then used to inform follow-up and replanting requirements. Necessary support systems are maintained for continuous monitoring of sapling development. 

Reporting: It is intended that a quarterly report will be released by the Project GreenHands team; Outcomes and statistics will be updated on the website.

Key benchmarks and indicators for monitoring and evaluation:

Benchmark Indicators
Nursery monitoring Quantity of saplings/species & survival rate in nurseries
Planting monitoring Trees planted: location, species
Green cover monitoring GIS
Maintenance Surveys: sapling survival, growth ( every 6 months)
Volunteer participation Registration of landowners or volunteers
Skill acquisition Evaluation tests at the end of training period
Social mobilization Number of events and event participation rates


 

Potential/anticipated risks:

Risk Prevention or resolution
Natural calamities Post calamity survey followed by replanting
Villager resistance Selection of responsive villages particularly those with an existing relationship to Isha plus obtaining official consents in advance.
Financial risk Application for third party funding
Sapling production Appropriate training, use of good quality seeds, maintenance to prevent pest attack and sapling loss.

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