Monitoring and evaluation (Ecological monitoring and benefit evaluation)

Published: 24 September 2021
Last edited: 24 September 2021

Ecological monitoring: The project continuously monitors and regularly evaluates vegetation restoration and adjusts vegetation management measures on a timely basis based on changes in vegetation growth, soil moisture and other indicators by employing local people as seasonal workers. 


Benefit evaluation: Helping the community residents to improve their income by 2,000 yuan on average per household who adopted the new techniques, enabling farmers to directly benefit from the achievements of ecological restoration.


Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Review phase

Enabling factors

  • Access to communication with the local farmers at early stage. 
  • Local expertise and the seasonal workers from the local communities enabled the monitoring of ecological restoration progress
  • Local village councils and the farmers who took part in our community surveys contributed to the evaluation of social and economic benefits.

Lessons learned

We replanted more trees where some of the trees didn’t grow properly after we finished planting in the first round. But after monitoring and testing, we realized that there is not enough moisture to support planting this quantity of trees. We adjusted replanting plans by either not planting more or reducing the replanting density. We planted different native tree species in the single tree species area in order to increase the biodiversity and resilience to climate change.

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