Final Evaluation: Collaborative Management for Watershed and Ecosystem Service Protection and Rehabilitation in the Cardamom Mountains, Upper Prek Thnot River Basin

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2023, Cambodia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
Completion Date:
Management Response:
Evaluation Budget(US $):


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Title Final Evaluation: Collaborative Management for Watershed and Ecosystem Service Protection and Rehabilitation in the Cardamom Mountains, Upper Prek Thnot River Basin
Atlas Project Number: 90509
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023, Cambodia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
SDG Target
  • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
  • 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
  • 15.4 By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development
Evaluation Budget(US $): 17,700
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 17,700
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Ugen Penjor Norbu International Consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Collaborative Management for Watershed and Ecosystem Service Protection and Rehabilitation in the Cardamom Mountains, Upper Prek Thnot River Basin
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 4945
PIMS Number: 5944
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture (IP), other direct project partners - Department of Agricultural Land Resources Management, Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Kampong Speu), Mlup Baitong (NGO)
Countries: CAMBODIA

The CoWES project team should, as a matter of priority, review the scope of work and budget for the community water supply infrastructure being constructed by the project. The total project budget to effectively complete the three community water systems needs to be increased to a minimum of $50,000 USD.


The CoWES project team should immediately identify a demonstration micro-watershed and initiate a set of soil and water conservation measures and related training aimed at stream rehabilitation and stabilization with the participation of ELCs and local authorities.


The CoWES project team should update the workplan, budget and implementation arrangements to accelerate progress on a clear set of field activities with a focus on (i) alternative livelihoods development, (ii) soil and water conservation demonstrations, and (iii) sustaining community forest and water supply management committees


The Project Board should invite the Kampong Speu Department of Water Resources and Meteorology to join the project and to provide technical review and advice on the water storage structures being constructed by the project


The Project Board should seek extension of the project period by at least three months to capture the 2020 planting season, and to plan for this extension in the updated workplan


The CoWES project team should organize monthly meetings with MAFF/DARLM and MB to review workplan implementation progress, to identify any issues that need the attention of UNDP or senior government officials, and to improve overall communications


The CoWES project team should distribute Information on the project, NAP status and the watershed management concept to senior officials at Provincial, District, commune offices and the major EC agri-business companies in the project areas in order to promote awareness of watershed management. A quarterly e-newsletter should be considered


The DARLM should further elaborate the strategic ‘roadmap’ that has been prepared for Upper Prek Thnoal watershed management and facilitate its endorsement by MAFF in preparation for the program to be initiated by the NAP Sub-national Watershed Management Committee


The CoWES project team should refine the monitoring and reporting based on a core set of relevant Outcome indicators (see suggested indicators)

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