India High Range Landscape (CPD Output 3.2)

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Evaluation Plan:
2022-2022, India
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
07/2021
Completion Date:
06/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title India High Range Landscape (CPD Output 3.2)
Atlas Project Number: 00075746
Evaluation Plan: 2022-2022, India
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2021
Planned End Date: 07/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
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
  • 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
  • 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • 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
  • 15.6 Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 30,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
James Lenoci
Nivedita P. Haran
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Developing an effective multiple use management framework for conserving biodiversity in the mountain landscapes of the High Ranges, Western Ghats, India.
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4743
PIMS Number: 4651
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Government of Kerala
Countries: INDIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Reorganize and strengthen project governance and management arrangements

  • Designate or recruit a full-time Project Manager and develop terms of reference that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities for this position.
  • Relocate the Project Officer-Convergence and consolidate the other positions to Munnar, where the District Forestry and Wildlife Department has provided ample office space and facilities.
  • Ensure the National Project Officer anchored with the MoEFCC maintains close review of each project activity, with regular visits to field sites, under the directions of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and Inspector General (IG).
  • The MoEFCC should carry out an internal review of the operations of the NPSC and SPSC, and prepare updated terms of reference for both committees, indicating members and describing responsibilities, cooperation and coordination, and an increased frequency of convening meetings during the remaining project implementation timeframe, etc.
  • The NPSC may set up a group headed by the DIG to carry out on-the-ground assessment of the activities under the Project at regular intervals and to brief the NPSC members at every meeting.
  • Describe clearly how project assurance and direct implementation roles are segregated through updating ToRs for respective individuals and preparing an updated Governance and Management Arrangements narrative for the project.

Operationalise a performance appraisal system for project team members, providing constructive feedback.

2

Develop and initiate the implementation of a sustainability plan.

a) Develop a Theory of Change that describes the envisaged intermediate outcomes (following closure of the GEF project) and long-term intended impacts, and the key assumptions for achieving these results. The MTR team has prepared a preliminary draft of a Theory of Change (included in the MTR report).

b) Carry out proactive advocacy with the State Forest Development Agency (SFDA) for hosting the LLLUP and taking over the interventions initiated during the project, e.g., presenting the LLLUP at SFDA biannual governing council meetings, describing how the plan and interventions can be integrated into the SFDA’s strategic planning and budgetary frameworks)

c) Encourage the Forest Departments and other subnational entities to integrate the project interventions into their annual operating budgets.

d) Establish a Working Group reporting directly to the State Project Steering Committee as the cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder mechanism for overseeing the implementation of the LLUP and facilitate regular meetings. In this way the mechanism would be operationalized during the project’s lifetime, allowing time to sort out the specific roles and responsibilities of the members and agreeing upon a nodal agency for instituting the multi-stakeholder landscape management strategy.

e) The Nodal Officers need to hold review meetings once a quarter at Munnar or any of the project sites, where all departments and agencies engaged in the projects under review may attend. This will ensure gradual take-over of ownership by the government entities and the beneficiaries.

3

Post a Project Coordinator (Special Officer) in Munnar. In coordination with the District Forest Department, arrange to have a Senior Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) posted for a period of two years as Project Coordinator (Special Officer) in Munnar, in charge of coordinating project activities. The Project Coordinator would be seconded from her/his current position, i.e., funded through co-financing contributions, if the posting is exclusively for the project. Alternatively, the DFO, Forest and Wildlife Munnar may be designed as the Special Officer for the project. The project team based in Munnar would work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Special Officer. It is also recommended to issue directions to engage District Coordinator/s of HKM in IDK, ERK and TSR districts as the Project Coordinator/s for the Non-Forest related activities. The District Coordinators should be invited for all review meetings of the Project Coordinator (Special Officer). However, since the MTR field mission, the HKM stands disbanded; hence the role of the SFDA becomes even more crucial

4

Develop and implement quality control measures

  • Terms of reference for contractual services should be performance-based, with clear breakdowns of activities and deliverables, means of verification progress and completion, and release of funds only after fulfilment of performance criteria.
  • Establish and implement a management system for controlling quality, including weekly review of progress by the Project Officer-Convergence; monthly review of progress by the project manager; sensitivity training of project team members on the basic concepts of biodiversity conservation and mainstreaming.
  • All project team members posted in Kerala (in Munnar) should attend the Project Officer (PO)’s weekly meetings. The NPO may join online to be updated with the level of progress and to be able to brief the DIG/ IG at regular intervals. The balance project period being only a year in order to show results all concerned need to move at an added speed.
  • Through the direction of the Project Coordinator (Special Officer), monthly meetings should be held with contracted service providers and officials from relevant departments and agencies, to discuss progress, synergies, troubleshooting, and sustainability issues.

Arrange a systematic financial audit of the project to assess management of funds and accountability.

5

Develop and implement safeguard management plans.

  • Stop forthwith the procurement of lemongrass oil distillation units until FPIC is carried out.
  • Develop and implement an Indigenous Peoples Plan (or equivalent, integrated into an updated Stakeholder Engagement Plan).
  • Develop and implement a gender analysis and action plan.
  • Regularly update the SESP.
  • Assign (or recruit) a person on the project management team to be responsible for project safeguards (updating the terms of reference for this person).
  • Deliver trainings to contracted service providers and project partners on UNDP social and environmental standards, including gender mainstreaming, FPIC, environmental safeguards, etc.

Carry out focused monitoring and evaluation, report progress, and implement adaptive management measures where and when needed

6

Prepare an updated work plan for the remaining implementation timeframe coupled with a critical path analysis

7

Prepare and implement a project monitoring plan

8

Identify the strategic linkages for the biodiversity mainstreaming objective

9

Develop and implement a knowledge management strategy and action plan.

  • Identification of key messages, target audiences, methodologies, assessment, procedures and FPIC processes for documenting traditional knowledge.
  • Design a project website or linking with Forest Department’s site.
  • Utilise social media for timely messaging.
  • Garner attention of students and youth through online discussions, fun games, and other methods.

Use innovative methods to propagate ideas and information, e.g., stationary with photographs or images of Nilgiri tahr and grizzled giant squirrel, as well as Neelakurinji, different varieties of ragi and paddy rice.

10

Strengthen engagement with production sector stakeholders.

1. Recommendation:

Reorganize and strengthen project governance and management arrangements

  • Designate or recruit a full-time Project Manager and develop terms of reference that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities for this position.
  • Relocate the Project Officer-Convergence and consolidate the other positions to Munnar, where the District Forestry and Wildlife Department has provided ample office space and facilities.
  • Ensure the National Project Officer anchored with the MoEFCC maintains close review of each project activity, with regular visits to field sites, under the directions of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and Inspector General (IG).
  • The MoEFCC should carry out an internal review of the operations of the NPSC and SPSC, and prepare updated terms of reference for both committees, indicating members and describing responsibilities, cooperation and coordination, and an increased frequency of convening meetings during the remaining project implementation timeframe, etc.
  • The NPSC may set up a group headed by the DIG to carry out on-the-ground assessment of the activities under the Project at regular intervals and to brief the NPSC members at every meeting.
  • Describe clearly how project assurance and direct implementation roles are segregated through updating ToRs for respective individuals and preparing an updated Governance and Management Arrangements narrative for the project.

Operationalise a performance appraisal system for project team members, providing constructive feedback.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/18]

  • Partially agreed

  • The project is anchored with the Wildlife Division, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, at the national level, and the Department of Planning and Economic Affairs, Government of Kerala, at the state level. The activities within the forest are administered and monitored by the Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department.
  • The organogram of the project shall be revised and strengthened at the state level by the State Government of Kerala. All the landscape level positions are being consolidated to the landscape office situated at the office of Regional Wildlife Warden, Munnar. Project Officer, Convergence, will be coordinating the project at state level and shall be stationed at the office of Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Planning and Economic Affairs, Government of Kerala. The PO shall also be visiting project landscape for review and monitoring of project activities.
  • The National Project Officer anchored with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, will support the National Project Director (Inspector General) in review and monitoring of the project implementation. Further, the post of Project Manager will be advertised by UNDP.
  • Project assurance and direct implementation roles have been segregated for respective individuals and an updated Governance and Management Arrangements narrative for the project shall be prepared.
  • The frequency of Steering Committee meetings at national and state level will be increased to ensure effective implementation of the project. The roles and responsibilities of both the Committees are specified in the project document.
  • The performance appraisal of project team members is being done as per UNDP rules and regulations.

A multi-stakeholder consultation shall be organized at the state level to orient all relevant stakeholders on the progress of the project and to establish synergies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Increase the frequency of convening the meeting of the Steering Committee at national and state level
[Added: 2021/08/18] [Last Updated: 2021/11/17]
UNDP 2023/12 Initiated The meeting of the Project Steering Committee at national level is scheduled on 26 November 2021. History
Revise the organogram for the state level project management unit to strengthen project governance
[Added: 2021/08/18]
State Government of Kerala & UNDP 2021/11 Completed The organogram for the state level project management unit to strengthen project governance has been revised by the State Government History
Organize multi-stakeholder consultation at the state level to orient all relevant stakeholders on the progress made under the project
[Added: 2021/08/18] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
State Government of Kerala 2022/02 Completed The multi-stakeholder consultation meeting has been completed as on February 22 and 23, 2022 in Munnar and Mankulam panchayat. History
2. Recommendation:

Develop and initiate the implementation of a sustainability plan.

a) Develop a Theory of Change that describes the envisaged intermediate outcomes (following closure of the GEF project) and long-term intended impacts, and the key assumptions for achieving these results. The MTR team has prepared a preliminary draft of a Theory of Change (included in the MTR report).

b) Carry out proactive advocacy with the State Forest Development Agency (SFDA) for hosting the LLLUP and taking over the interventions initiated during the project, e.g., presenting the LLLUP at SFDA biannual governing council meetings, describing how the plan and interventions can be integrated into the SFDA’s strategic planning and budgetary frameworks)

c) Encourage the Forest Departments and other subnational entities to integrate the project interventions into their annual operating budgets.

d) Establish a Working Group reporting directly to the State Project Steering Committee as the cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder mechanism for overseeing the implementation of the LLUP and facilitate regular meetings. In this way the mechanism would be operationalized during the project’s lifetime, allowing time to sort out the specific roles and responsibilities of the members and agreeing upon a nodal agency for instituting the multi-stakeholder landscape management strategy.

e) The Nodal Officers need to hold review meetings once a quarter at Munnar or any of the project sites, where all departments and agencies engaged in the projects under review may attend. This will ensure gradual take-over of ownership by the government entities and the beneficiaries.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/20]

Agreed

a) Theory of Change that describes the envisaged intermediate outcomes, and long-term intended impacts, and the key assumptions for achieving these results shall be prepared in close consultation with the MoEFCC and the State Government of Kerala.  

b) A cross sectoral Technical Working Committee shall be established at the state level under the State Project Steering Committee for overseeing the implementation of the project and to facilitate convergence of the project activities with ongoing schemes and programmes of the Government.

c) Regular review meetings shall be held once a quarter by the State Project Director and the State Nodal Officer with the technical agencies and experts engaged under the project.

d) An institutional mechanism shall also be established by the State Government of Kerala for ensuring sustainability of the project initiatives

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a Theory of Change for the project with the envisaged intermediate outcomes, and long-term intended impacts, and the key assumptions.
[Added: 2021/08/20]
UNDP 2021/09 Completed The Theory of Change for the project with the envisaged intermediate outcomes, and long-term intended impacts, and the key assumptions has been developed
Establish a cross-sectoral Technical Working Committee at the state level to review project implementation, progress and ensure convergence with the ongoing schemes and programmes of the Government
[Added: 2021/08/20] [Last Updated: 2022/02/03]
State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2022/01 Completed Established a cross-sectoral Technical Working Committee at the state level to review project implementation, progress and ensure convergence with the ongoing schemes and programmes of the Government History
Establish an institutional mechanism for ensuring sustainability of the project
[Added: 2021/08/20] [Last Updated: 2021/12/08]
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2022/01 Completed Consultations are being held with the State Government of Kerala to devise the strategy for ensuring sustainability of the project. Proposal for the same has been submitted to the State Government of Kerala History
Organize regular reviews of the project (once in each quarter)
[Added: 2021/08/20] [Last Updated: 2021/11/30]
State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2021/11 Completed Monthly reviews are being held by the State Government of Kerala and UNDP to review the implementation of the activities undertaken. History
3. Recommendation:

Post a Project Coordinator (Special Officer) in Munnar. In coordination with the District Forest Department, arrange to have a Senior Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) posted for a period of two years as Project Coordinator (Special Officer) in Munnar, in charge of coordinating project activities. The Project Coordinator would be seconded from her/his current position, i.e., funded through co-financing contributions, if the posting is exclusively for the project. Alternatively, the DFO, Forest and Wildlife Munnar may be designed as the Special Officer for the project. The project team based in Munnar would work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Special Officer. It is also recommended to issue directions to engage District Coordinator/s of HKM in IDK, ERK and TSR districts as the Project Coordinator/s for the Non-Forest related activities. The District Coordinators should be invited for all review meetings of the Project Coordinator (Special Officer). However, since the MTR field mission, the HKM stands disbanded; hence the role of the SFDA becomes even more crucial

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/20] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

  • The State Forest and Wildlife Department, Government of Kerala, will depute the Divisional Forest Officer, as the Special Officer in Munnar for overseeing the implementation of the project and to supervise the landscape level team
  • District Coordinator/s of HKM in Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts are being engaged under the project. The District Coordinators shall be invited for all review meetings to be held at the landscape level.

The Haritha Keralam Mission is an active mission of the Government whose objectives and mandate is directly aligned with the project objectives.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Depute Divisional Forest Officer, Munnar, as the Special Officer for coordination and monitoring of project activities at the landscape level
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/08]
State Government of Kerala 2021/12 Completed The State Government of Kerala has deputed the State Nodal Officer for coordination and monitoring of project activities at the state and landscape level. The Divisional Forest Officer shall be reporting to the State Nodal Officer on the same. History
Invite District Coordinators of the Haritha Keralam Mission to all the review meetings
[Added: 2021/08/31]
State Government of Kerala 2021/07 Completed The project works closely with the District Coordinators of Haritha Keralam Mission for implementation and effective monitoring of the project activities.
4. Recommendation:

Develop and implement quality control measures

  • Terms of reference for contractual services should be performance-based, with clear breakdowns of activities and deliverables, means of verification progress and completion, and release of funds only after fulfilment of performance criteria.
  • Establish and implement a management system for controlling quality, including weekly review of progress by the Project Officer-Convergence; monthly review of progress by the project manager; sensitivity training of project team members on the basic concepts of biodiversity conservation and mainstreaming.
  • All project team members posted in Kerala (in Munnar) should attend the Project Officer (PO)’s weekly meetings. The NPO may join online to be updated with the level of progress and to be able to brief the DIG/ IG at regular intervals. The balance project period being only a year in order to show results all concerned need to move at an added speed.
  • Through the direction of the Project Coordinator (Special Officer), monthly meetings should be held with contracted service providers and officials from relevant departments and agencies, to discuss progress, synergies, troubleshooting, and sustainability issues.

Arrange a systematic financial audit of the project to assess management of funds and accountability.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

a) Terms of reference for contractual services are performance-based, with clear breakdowns of activities and deliverables, means of verification progress and completion, and release of funds shall be made after fulfilment of performance criteria.

b) An internal Committee shall be set up by UNDP for ensuring quality of deliverables and review progress of the project.

c) Monthly meetings shall be held with contracted service providers and officials from relevant departments and agencies, to discuss progress, synergies, troubleshooting, and sustainability issues.

e)  A third- party financial audit of the project to assess management of funds and accountability shall be done.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An internal Committee shall be set up by UNDP for ensuring quality of deliverables and review progress of the project.
[Added: 2021/08/31]
UNDP 2021/08 Completed An internal Committee has been set up by UNDP for ensuring quality of deliverables and review progress of the project.
Monthly meetings shall be held with contracted service providers and officials from relevant departments and agencies, to discuss progress, synergies, troubleshooting, and sustainability issues.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2022/06/30]
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2022/06 Completed Monthly meetings were held with all relevant stakeholders to discuss the progress, challenges and sustainability of interventions. This includes meeting with the government departments, technical agencies, civil society bodies, academic and research institutions and elected representatives History
Prepare performance-based terms of reference for contractual services with clear breakdowns of activities and deliverables, means of verification progress and completion, and release of funds only after fulfilment of performance criteria.
[Added: 2021/08/31]
UNDP 2021/07 Completed The Terms of Reference for engaging agencies/individuals are being developed with clear breakdowns of activities and deliverables and means of verification. The same are developed by the State Government of Kerala. The funds to the concerned are released after due approval from the State Government of Kerala.
5. Recommendation:

Develop and implement safeguard management plans.

  • Stop forthwith the procurement of lemongrass oil distillation units until FPIC is carried out.
  • Develop and implement an Indigenous Peoples Plan (or equivalent, integrated into an updated Stakeholder Engagement Plan).
  • Develop and implement a gender analysis and action plan.
  • Regularly update the SESP.
  • Assign (or recruit) a person on the project management team to be responsible for project safeguards (updating the terms of reference for this person).
  • Deliver trainings to contracted service providers and project partners on UNDP social and environmental standards, including gender mainstreaming, FPIC, environmental safeguards, etc.

Carry out focused monitoring and evaluation, report progress, and implement adaptive management measures where and when needed

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

b) Indigenous Peoples Plan (or equivalent, integrated into an updated Stakeholder Engagement Plan) shall be prepared in close consultation with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the State Government of Kerala

c) A gender analysis and action plan shall be prepared under the project to mainstream gender across relevant project activities

d) Safeguards Specialist shall be engaged under the project to ensure compliance with the Social and Environmental Safeguards.

e) Project Associate shall be made responsible for project safeguards and included in his/her TOR

f) Trainings shall be provided to contracted service providers and project partners on UNDP social and environmental standards, including gender mainstreaming, FPIC, environmental safeguards, etc.

g) Adaptive management measures shall be undertaken where and when needed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop and implement an Indigenous Peoples Plan (or equivalent, integrated into an updated Stakeholder Engagement Plan) including FPIC process.
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2021/11/30]
UNDP 2021/11 Completed The Stakeholder Engagement Plan has been developed and submitted. History
Develop and implement a gender analysis and action plan
[Added: 2021/09/29]
UNDP 2021/11 Completed
Update the SESP
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/30]
UNDP 2022/06 Completed SESP document will be uploaded in 1or 2 days waiting for approval from RTA. History
Deliver trainings to contracted service providers and project partners on UNDP social and environmental standards, including gender mainstreaming, FPIC, environmental safeguards, etc.
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/12]
UNDP 2022/01 Completed Trainings provided to contracted service providers and project partners on UNDP social and environmental standards, including gender mainstreaming, FPIC, environmental safeguards. History
Implement project safeguard measures where and when needed.
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/29]
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, State Government of Kerala 2022/06 Completed Project Safeguard measures effectively implemented to avoid and mitigate risks History
6. Recommendation:

Prepare an updated work plan for the remaining implementation timeframe coupled with a critical path analysis

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

Detailed workplan with timeframe and critical path analysis shall be prepared for the project and put up to NPSC and SPSC for strategic guidance and decision.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare an updated work plan for the remaining implementation timeframe coupled with a critical path analysis, identifying specific activities and inter-dependencies among activities.
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2021/11/18]
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate, State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2021/11 Completed The updated workplan has been developed by the State Project Management Unit and is being implemented. History
7. Recommendation:

Prepare and implement a project monitoring plan

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

  • A detailed monitoring plan shall be prepared to ensure effective monitoring and delivery of expected outcomes under the project. This exercise will be linked to the review of project’s TOC under recommendation 2.

METT assessment/evaluations shall be carried out in 2021 by the Wildlife Institute of India

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct METT evaluations for the PAs under the project with Wildlife Institute of India
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/30]
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and UNDP 2022/08 Initiated Senior Technical Advisor who is also working with Wildlife Institute of India as the member of MEE Committee has been engaged for conducting the METT evaluations of the Protected Areas falling under the project landscape History
Prepare and implement a project monitoring plan, including descriptions of the sources and means of verification for each of the project indicators, specific roles and responsibilities, risks and assumptions in alignment with the revised project TOC.
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2021/11/18]
UNDP 2021/11 Completed Project monitoring plan, including descriptions of the sources and means of verification for each of the project indicators, specific roles and responsibilities, risks and assumptions has been prepared by the SPMU in alignment with the revised project TOC History
8. Recommendation:

Identify the strategic linkages for the biodiversity mainstreaming objective

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

Biodiversity Mainstreaming Index highlighting key indicators for mainstreaming biodiversity concerns into production sectors shall be prepared under the project. This management action will be linked to recommendation 2 linked to establishing working group to oversee the implementation of LLUP.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare Biodiversity Mainstreaming Index
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/29]
State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2022/07 Initiated The Government consultations will be conducted between 15-20 July to finalize the Biodiversity Mainstreaming Index History
9. Recommendation:

Develop and implement a knowledge management strategy and action plan.

  • Identification of key messages, target audiences, methodologies, assessment, procedures and FPIC processes for documenting traditional knowledge.
  • Design a project website or linking with Forest Department’s site.
  • Utilise social media for timely messaging.
  • Garner attention of students and youth through online discussions, fun games, and other methods.

Use innovative methods to propagate ideas and information, e.g., stationary with photographs or images of Nilgiri tahr and grizzled giant squirrel, as well as Neelakurinji, different varieties of ragi and paddy rice.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

Communication strategy and action plan shall be prepared in alignment with the revised project TOC and, effectively implemented under the project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare communication strategy and action plan (including developing knowledge products, website and other communication material) for information sharing and knowledge management.
[Added: 2021/09/29]
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2021/08 Completed
10. Recommendation:

Strengthen engagement with production sector stakeholders.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]

Agreed

The project is already working with Kerala Start Up Mission to promote young green entrepreneurs to pilot innovative models for greening the production sectors and help in climate change adaptation and mitigation. This directly links to project’s engagement with stakeholders in the project landscape and therefore, will be strengthened while relooking at the project ToC, stakeholder engagement plan, safeguards, multi-stakeholder working group on LLUP, etc. Co-financing will also explored from production companies.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Strengthen engagement with production sector stakeholders, e.g., engage with the Kerala State Start-up Mission, agro-industrial trade associations, and other business groups to advocate for cofinancing, facilitate partnership building, promote marketing strategies, etc.
[Added: 2021/09/29] [Last Updated: 2021/11/30]
State Government of Kerala and UNDP 2021/11 Completed Engagement with production sector, h the Kerala State Start-up Mission and other business groups is being strengthened. History

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