From environmental assessment to environmental system governance : Mid-term assessment of the DGIS-NCEA framework contract 2017-2020

Ruben, Ruerd; Motovska, Nina


This mid-term appraisal of the framework contract between the Netherlands Commission for Environmental assessment (NCEA) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA/IGG) has been requested in order to provide insights into the progress of, and to support the learning on, impact pathways and envisaged outcomes of the NCEA’s major activities at country, regional and institutional levels. Based on a realist and contextualised evaluation approach and using mainly secondary data on country programmes, the report argues that emerging challenges in the external policy environment tend to require attention for environmental systems governance. Some practical recommendations are given to enhance the scope and effectiveness of NCEA activities.