Terminal Evaluation of Capacity-building for the strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Belize
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2019
Completion Date:
08/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
14,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of Capacity-building for the strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize
Atlas Project Number: 00080643
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Belize
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2019
Planned End Date: 05/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
SDG Goal
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG Target
  • 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
Evaluation Budget(US $): 14,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,236
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Jean-Joseph Bellamy Mr.
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Capacity-building for the strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5048
PIMS Number: 4917
Key Stakeholders: Miniistry of Fisheries, Forestry and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Ministry of Public Service, MInistry of Economic Development
Countries: BELIZE
Lessons
1.

A good design leads to a good implementation, which in turn leads to good project results. There is more
chance for a project well designed to be a success. Every steps of the way count in the success of a project;
it is a lot easier to succeed when all these steps are relevant and clear to be implemented.


2.

A project that is a response to clear national needs and priorities is often highly relevant for beneficiaries and its chance of being implemented effectively are maximized.


3.

Adaptive management is a key management instrument for this type of project, providing the necessaryflexibility to review and reinvent the approach to implement the project as needed to secure project deliverables while maintaining adherence to the overall project design.


4.

Strong leadership from the national executing agency and a project board with all similar projects facilitate collaboration and cooperation among projects and government entities as well as engaging stakeholders resulting in more effective interventions.


5.

Despite not being a GEF requirement for such small size project, the completion of PIRs using the GEF template is a good management practice. It is a tool to measure – and record - the progress made by the project. Over time, it becomes the “memory” of the project, particularly when there are project staff turnover, and it provides good accountability for what the project has achieved.


6.

The application of the UNDP NIM modality is an effective management tool to develop national ownership of projects funded by international donors.


7.

In order to ensure mainstreaming of gender considerations in a project, it is critical that gender-based expected results be part of the project strategy to become part of the implementation of activities as well as part of reporting project progress.


8.

CSOs are often engaged in managing/monitoring natural resources, particularly protected areas and biodiversity protection and conservation. They play a key role in the collection of environmental data. They should be key stakeholders in any initiative strengthening the collection of environmental data.


9.

Reforming the environmental monitoring function in a country is complex and it is not a linear process. It is often mixed with political agendas and a certain resistance to change in existing institutions. A 3-year project timeframe is too short; it does not provide any time contingency for operational and political risks linked to elections, change of government, but also no time to consolidate project achievements before the end of the project.


Findings
Recommendations
1

It is recommended to develop a project concept, including the strengthening of the environmental information to become part of the GEF7 resource mobilization in Belize.

2

It is recommended to develop a succinct roadmap for the way forward after the end of the project.

3

It is recommended that all funded activities to prepare multilateral convention reports use the open environmental information system.

 

1. Recommendation:

It is recommended to develop a project concept, including the strengthening of the environmental information to become part of the GEF7 resource mobilization in Belize.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/02] [Last Updated: 2019/11/27]

UNDP does not control national prioritization processes regarding the allocation of GEF funds. While the recommendation has been made to key national stakeholders, the ultimate decision regarding the earmarking of funds is taken by the Government of Belize. Currently the national portfolio developed guiding the absorption of GEF 7 resources does not include this recommended initiative.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support development of institutional assessment and strategic development planning within the MAFFESD
[Added: 2019/11/27]
Government of Belize 2020/10 Initiated Planned review of MAFFESDI structure supporting its key mandate
2. Recommendation:

It is recommended to develop a succinct roadmap for the way forward after the end of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/02] [Last Updated: 2019/11/27]

It is suggested by GoB that this road map constitutes part of its multi- year prioritization and planning exercises

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discuss with the Government of Belize the importance of supporting environmental information and data for development
[Added: 2019/11/27]
UNDP 2019/10 Completed The recommendation has been brought to the attention of the Government of Belize. It was pointed out that the support of Environmental Information Systems is currently considered within the context of several ongoing national project/ programmes.
3. Recommendation:

It is recommended that all funded activities to prepare multilateral convention reports use the open environmental information system.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/02] [Last Updated: 2019/11/27]

Recommendation acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Socialization of MAFFESDI EMIS; and Statistical Institute of Belize new National Statistics System 2. Support capacity development around the expansion and maintenance of EMIS
[Added: 2019/11/27]
Government of Belize 2020/10 Initiated

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