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This is an interesting project that is meant to address forest restoration, livelihood of woman and girls and capacity building. But some points should in my opinion be clarified to make it more persuasive and appealing. For instance, what is the land tenure system in the area of implementation of the project? How will you secure access and use to the degraded land where the trees are to be planted and ensure that irrational logging does not remain a threat?
The proposal is well informed, but the feasibility of achieving the results of restoration is unclear. Specifically, how does the project intend to ensure that the rights of the beneficiaries are accounted for and that their efforts to restore the land are not undermined in the short, medium and long-term, particularly in terms of dealing with other land users (loggers)?
This proposal as described nicely is still pilot and may have a good potential. The project proposal presentation lacks the scaling up strategy, may be the proponents could review and improve the description on how this pilot could be scaled up in DRC and reach more people livelihoods. It addresses partially the barriers, as it does not take care also of the deforestation root causes, but only to rehabilitate and restore....The proponents may look at this aspect in the project to address the problem in the longer-term.
How does the project address the root cause of the loss of biodiversity – logging? How will the project ensure that the trees planted during this intervention are not cut down for commodities that provide higher income than the edible caterpillars? How will the intervention address the threats that these women and girls face due to the exploitation of forests? What is the role of the men in this community and will the project’s sole focus on indigenous girls and women affect its feasibility? Given that the project budget (USD 39,100) is higher than what is available from this prize, how will additional funding be secured?
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