Evaluación final Proyecto "Desarrollo de capacidades para mejorar la toma de decisiones relacionadas al medio ambiente global "

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Paraguay
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
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Management Response:
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The Final Project Evaluation (FE) is the final part of the Monitoring and Evaluation plan of the UNDP/GEF Project: “Capacity Building for Improved Decision Making Related to the Global Environment”. This project was operationally concluded and closed in April 30th. 2019 The FE mission to Paraguay was conducted from April 1st. to 12th. 2019. Extensive consultations with the project partners were also conducted prior to and following the mission to ensure a proper understanding of the project’s relevance, design, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, national ownership, management structure, budgetary level and the adequacy of financial support, implementation arrangements, and M&E planned results, all of which leads to the submission of this FE report.  In attachment, the executive summary of the report.


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Title Evaluación final Proyecto "Desarrollo de capacidades para mejorar la toma de decisiones relacionadas al medio ambiente global "
Atlas Project Number: 00084609
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Paraguay
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2019
Planned End Date: 06/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.2.1 Capacities at national and sub-national levels strengthened to promote inclusive local economic development and deliver basic services including HIV and related services
SDG Goal
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 19,571
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Juan Luis Larrabure Consultor Internacional
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Capacity Development for Improved decision-making for the Global Environment
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5471
PIMS Number: 4925
Key Stakeholders: Ministerio del Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible
Countries: PARAGUAY

ON RELEVANCE OF THE PROJECT: The Evaluation Mission believes the project to have been in its inception, is now and hopefully will continue to be in the future very relevant (see chapter on Sustainability below). It is directly related to the Government of Paraguay’s international obligations under the framework of the three Rio Conventions. It falls directly under three of the GEF’s Focal Areas (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Land Degradation). It is relevant to Outputs 3.1 and 3.2 of the UNDAF for Paraguay (2015-19) which point to increasing the capacity of the country to mitigate and adapt to environmental conditions and to improving conservation practices in order to reduce deforestation, land degradation and the sustainability of the country’s biodiversity. Similarly, the project contributes to the achievement of Outputs 2.5 that refers to food security and 1.3 that refers to empowering women. The project was also in line with a series of government policies as outlined in the National Strategy and Plan for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (ENPAB in spanish); the Second National Communication on Climate Change (CMNUCC in spanish); national plans and policy for dealing with soil degradation and many other environmental policies, plans and laws.


ON THE PROJETC’S DESIGN: The FE mission consultant is of the opinion that there were some flaws in the original design of the project. One could mention two as follows:

  • while the overall objective of the project was a very ambitious one, designed to empower the SEAM (now MADES) to spearhead the inclusion of the environmental dimension into the national, regional and local planning processes, the resources allocated (U$ 880,000) and the time frame to do this were not realistic;
  • attempting to achieve this objective at a high level (almost at the political level) based on a SEAM which was under-staffed, under-budgeted and that at that time did not possess the political clout to summon the necessary authority to carry out this role, was overly optimistic.

It is notable that in spite of these limitations MADES and the PIU have managed to produce some very significant results that are now poised to give MADES the tools to play such a role in the future. However, much will depend on the investment made to sustain this effort. To this end the FE mission will make some recommendations below.     


On Effectiveness: The FE Mission was glad to note that for all practical effects, the 27 expected outputs have been produced and all the expected 9 outcomes have been achieved as planned. Most importantly, the Government of Paraguay is complying with its obligations under the 3 main Rio Conventions The FE Mission therefore considers this project highly successful as can be seen in “Table 10: Evaluation of the project situation as per the logframe up to April 2019” and the ratings given in Table 6: FE Rating for Project Performance.


ON EFFICIENCY: The FE Mission had opportunity to discuss at length with the National Project Director, the Technical Advisor- Head of the PIU and the staff of the Project Implementing Unit. The FE Missions was also glad to note that over 98% of the cash budget has been spent. The in-kind contributions materialized at 100%. The FE Mission was not able to obtain a detailed accounting on the in-kind contribution of the Paraguay, however given that they have produced, for all practical effects, the expected Outputs and Outcomes, the Mission believes it is clear that they contributed all the required manpower and equipment that allowed this achievement. The FE mission evaluator took note that the cash contribution from UNDP planned in the PRODOC (U$200,000) did not materialize. For further details, please see Tables 4 and 5 below.


ON THE IMPACT OF THE PROJECT: The FE Mission had an opportunity to talk with an array of stakeholders and there was unanimity amongst them that this project had been crucial in providing:

  • the training and communication strategy to generate awareness of environmental problems faced by Paraguay; the international obligations that the country has acquired under the three Rio Treaties as well as other environmental agreements; and the links that exist between long term sustainable development and protection of the environment.
  • the systems (SIAM, On-line payments, Project Control and Web pages) required to allow MADES to discharge its responsibilities, as well as to establish links with other central and decentralized governmental institutions that have a role to play in environmental matters.
  • with the strong support of the Minister, assisted in raising the credibility of the MADES vis a vis other ministries and the public image.


ON SUSTAINABILITY: Regrettably, the FE mission heard from all sources interviewed, including the Minister, the fear that the important achievements and momentum generated may not be consolidated. The main reason for this was expressed by all as the weakness of a Ministry that is very short on budget and staff (although the technical level and commitment of that staff is judged by the FE mission as outstanding). There was also a fear that, as the project came to an end, the PIU and IT consulting staff, which was viewed by all interviewees as key to the changes that have taken place within MADES, would leave a great void that the Ministry. It was universally felt that at this time, on its own the Ministry was not yet prepared to absorb the crucial functions the PIU plays. The FE mission consultant fully shares this concern. To that effect this report contains a recommendation designed to address this point.

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