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15/07/13 - 3ie Systematic Review Call. 3ie invites proposals for systematic reviews around seven policy-relevant questions on the impact of development interventions in the areas of agriculture, climate change, and property rights and land policy in low- and middle-income countries. These questions have been developed in collaboration with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UK Department for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the United States Agency for International Development. SRs with a significant environmental component can be registered with CEE. Read more about the 3ie call here

27/06/13 - New systematic review just published online on the conservation impacts of between-population outbreeding. The translocation of plants or animals between populations has been used in conservation to reinforce populations of threatened species, and may be used in the future to buffer species' ranges from the anticipated effects of climate change. This population admixture can result in outbreeding, and has the potential to undermine conservation plans that mix populations of declining or threatened species. Read the review here

20/06/13 - New review now available on 'Evaluating the biological effectiveness of fully and partially protected marine areas' Read the review here

13/05/13 - The CEE Annual Report for 2012 has now been approved by the Board of Trustees Read the report here

02/04/13 - The CEE is very pleased to welcome a new Centre based in Sweden The
Mistra Council for Evidence-based Environmental Management (MISTRA EviEM) is based in Stockholm at the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. Andrew Pullin, Chair of CEE Trustees, commented 'The addition of MISTRA EviEM greatly strengthens the CEE network of centres and is a key step in our programme to establish a global network. Mistra EviEM is currently running a 5-year programme to conduct systematic reviews on questions of concern to the Swedish environment. You can find more information at > Find out more information here...

19/03/13 - Updated version of CEE Guidelines now available > Read the Guidelines here....

01/03/13 - New systematic review of evidence for glacial shrinkage in the Himalayas > Read the CEE systematic review here...

12/10/12 - CEE teams up with 3ie to open thematic window on effectiveness of climate change interventions > Read the scoping paper here...

08/10/12 - CEE is seeking up to three new Trustees to join its Board of Trustees > Read more...

23/01/2012 - Job position at CABI, Wallingford, Oxforshire UK to lead a systematic review on iinvasive species. For more details click here.

22 November 2011 - Job position at the Centre for Evidence Based Conservation, Bangor, UK. To read job advert and get all the details, please click: Job advert

28 September 2011 - International funding for environmental policies based on weak evidence. To read the press release and link to articles and systematic review, please click here

3 September 2011 - Environmental Evidence journal now accepting submission. - The new open-access scientific journal of the Collaboration is now available for publishing your review protocols, completed reviews, methodology papers and much more at

18 March 2011 - Job opportunity, BES fellowships (POST), Marie-Curie fellowships for international mobility - Visit the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation website at (News & Events / job opportunities).

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28 Sept 2011 - International funding for environmental policies based on weak evidence

Publication Date: 28/09/2011 on Bangor University intranet

Tropical deforestation contributes to climate change, destroys biodiversity and can harm the interests of local people. Community Forest Management (CFM) has been promoted as providing a potential win-win solution (conserving forests while benefitting local communities) and global funders have invested billions of dollars in CFM programmes in developing countries. A study published this week, however, highlights the lack of evidence upon which such investments are made and calls for improved evidence collection in the future.

The study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment suggests that although there is limited evidence that CFM provides some biodiversity benefits in terms of forest protection, evidence for benefit to local communities is generally lacking. The team from the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation based at Bangor University conducted a systematic review of evidence by examining studies from a highly dispersed literature on the subject. They found that very few studies had been published providing information on CFM performance. Many of those that did had problems with their study design and interpretation.

Andrew Pullin, the senior author on the study says:

“There is some limited evidence that CFM programmes work, but the worrying conclusion is that monitoring and evaluation of many major global environmental programmes is insufficient to establish a clear picture of what works and what doesn’t. Despite having committed substantial resources to these programmes over the last decade or more, we lack the information to inform future funding decisions. CFM programmes are diverse in context and implementation and the reality is most likely that some work and some do not. A better evidence base is needed to help make best use of scarce resources for environmental management”

CFM puts management decisions in the hands of local communities, rather than national or regional government, allowing them to make key decisions about the use of their forests. The assumption is that conferring ownership and responsibility will result in more sustainable use of resources.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, one of the major funders of CFM projects, commissioned the systematic review. One of the roles of the Panel is to test the validity of key assumptions underpinning GEF investments, and by so doing assist in improving the quality of future project design.

Julia Jones, one of the authors says “Although we found limited evidence of CFM effectiveness, this does not mean that CFM doesn’t work. There are many anecdotal examples which suggest that it may do. However major investment decisions should be made on more than anecdotal evidence, and large global programmes need to include proper evaluation of their effectiveness in their design.”

More information about this systematic review and the article published out of it, click on the following


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