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:
12/2020
Completion Date:
12/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
17,700

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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 upnorbu@gmail.com
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
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

 An exit strategy and sustainability plan need to be developed in close consultation with the project stakeholders before the project closure.

2

Explore the possibility of initiating community-led projects, such as through UNDP/ GEF Small Grants Program, to continue and strengthen some of the promising sustainable livelihood and community-based SLM interventions initiated through the project but requires more support for consolidation and larger impact.

3

On-farm SLM demonstrations should consider integrating participatory and group-based on-farm learning process such as Farmer Field School (FFS), which are known to be successful in farmer-to-farmer exchange of knowledge, skills and experience, and in enhancing community uptake of introduced technology.

4

Continue dialogue and advocacy with ELC-holding agribusinesses for collaboration on a longer term based on PPP model, building on the short-term cooperative agreement and collaborative experience initiated through this project.

5

Pursue and initiate PES schemes as a sustainable financing and environmental governance mechanism for ecosystem services, building on the ecosystem valuation done by the project.

6

Consolidate CF/ CPA activities and explore opportunities to link with REDD+ initiatives, learning from other CFs and CPAs that have successfully linked with REDD+.

7

Where possible, link management of CF/ CPAs to improved conditions of catchment area/ source of local water supply systems to demonstrate the importance of landscape conservation approach and the inter-linkage between community development and conservation objectives.

8

All knowledge and information generated by various consulting work done under the project need to be consolidated and documented systematically as ready references and basis for decision-making and planning future SLM and watershed management interventions.

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