Measuring Impact: Lessons Learned from the Forest, Climate and Communities Alliance

Measuring Impact: Lessons Learned from the   Forest, Climate and Communities Alliance

Author(s): Boshoven, Judy, Hodgdon, Benjamin, Zerbock, Olaf

Publication Date: 2014


The Forest, Climate, and Communities Alliance (FCCA) was an initiative funded by USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment/Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (E3/FAB) under the USAID Global Development Alliance (GDA) between 2009 and 2013. FCCA was one of the first USAID-funded projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). The Rainforest Alliance (RA) implemented FCCA in Ghana and Honduras.

Information relevant to Learning Questions:

Are enabling conditions in place to support a sustainable enterprise?

  • Stakeholder alignment, diversification
  • Market demand, access to credit/capital
  • Governance
  • Government requirements, policies for enterprises, business alliances
  • Financial management capacity, technical capacity
  • Inputs, equipment, infrastructure
  • Benefit sharing, targeted participants, combined strategic approaches, biodiversity linkage, policies for and enforcement of resource use, external disturbance

Does the enterprise lead to benefits to stakeholders?

  • Increased income for participants
  • Non-cash benefits

Do the benefits lead to positive changes in attitudes and behavior?

  • Not addressed

Does a change in stakeholders’ behaviors lead to a reduction to threats to biodiversity (or restoration)?

  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Biological resource use
  • Human intrusions and disturbance
  • Climate change and severe weather

Does a reduction in threats (or restoration) lead to conservation?

  • Forest ecosystems
  • Freshwater ecosystems
  • Species

Enterprise Types:

  • Crops: cocoa
  • Livestock: grasscutter
  • Sustainably Harvested timber products
  • Non-timber forest products
  • Other natural products: beekeeping


Document type

  • Case-study
  • Report
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