AKATIGA’s April report reviews phase 1 of the TFCA Sumatera program (2010-2015). The TFCA program focuses on returning 40% forest cover to Sumatra and a 14% reduction in forestry emissions, necessary to restoring life support systems and Sumatra’s dynamic biodiversity. With many of the most important ecosystems left out of protected area boundaries, the TFCA report emphasizes the need to extend protected area boundaries and increase capacity building at the individual and institutional level. Field observations were conducted in 4 landscape regions with locations in Aceh, North and South Sumatera, Jambi, Bengkulu and Lampung province.
AKATIGA’s evaluation framework seeks to assess the impact of the TFCA using eight core parameters: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Output, Outcome, Impact, Sustainability and governance (including administration and management). Evaluation of the TFCA is conducted through qualitative research utilizing in depth interviews and field observations, whilst referring to previous reports on TFCA-Sumatera. Evaluations cover varying levels of intervention from the program (national) level, to landscape and Tapak level (local grantees) and also highlighting internal and external governance in each coordination chain of TFCA-Sumatera. By collecting data through interview and in depth field reports, the report was able to ascertain the effectiveness of fund allocation seen in budget realization statistics.