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Sustainable land management in the Qaraoun catchment (SLMQ) project

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The Final Baseline Socio-Economic Assessment report presented in detail the status of the social and economic standpoint across the three regions under consideration (Zahle, Rachaya, West Bekaa). Through the analysis, the key developments, as well as key challenges were identified across the key economic verticals (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock); in parallel, a prioritized list of new business development activities was highlighted and further articulated. To sum up the analysis and provide project continuity, a set of policy interventions has been identified and developed. These prescribed interventions create the platform by which further actions, across key stakeholders, could be planned and undertaken, with a specific target to promptly boost socio-economic conditions in these regions, while optimizing the use of natural resources.
The objective of this report is to complement the analysis conducted to this point, across three key main areas: a) define and articulate list Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be closely followed in order to monitor socio-economic progress across the three regions, b) develop detailed project charters across all prescribed interventions in order to provide actionable plans for relevant stakeholders to take forward, and c) define Monitoring and Evaluation mechanism (M&E) guidelines in order to ensure that indicators’ tracking and reporting could be effectively and promptly completed in due time, as well as key developments/issues highlighted and still required corrective interventions.
The list of KPIs developed revolves around the three main economic activities previously identified: Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock, as well as on key social and economic indicators for the three regions. The project charters, developed for each intervention, are structured around presenting expected results, required set of activities, performance indicators to monitor progress, execution timeline, required activities budget, and stakeholder engagement (also linking to current policy activities and projects). Moreover, M&E guidelines present the principal means to collect and verify progress across the full list of deployed KPIs, ranging from a suite of primary (e.g. surveys/interviews) and secondary (e.g. updated statistics and project reports) research options. The different M&E guidelines are further mapped across all reported KPIs and project charters progress indicators. In addition, the process of collecting, evaluating, assessing updated data, and eventually prescribing corrective actions needed, is further presented.
Lastly, this report provides a clear plan of actions and required steps that involved stakeholders need to undertake to ensure effective and prompt implementation of prescribed interventions. Only when these interventions (or set of those) are implemented, project activities continuity will be ensured and substantial progress in respective socio-economic conditions in these three regions will be reported, when the next November 2018 progress touch-point takes place.