FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Kenya
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
12/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
62,500

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Title FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project
Atlas Project Number: 00099178
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Kenya
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2021
Planned End Date: 12/2021
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 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 62,500
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 37,480
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Joshua Maina National Consultant KENYA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: KENYA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Future projects should manage the transition from the design to the implementation phase more efficiently to avoid loss of implementation time. The project lost a considerable part of its implementation time during this period.

2

To increase time for active engagement, and participation of all key stakeholders, a comprehensive and timely mapping should be undertaken to identify and bring on board all relevant stakeholders.

3

Establish a clear monitoring and evaluation framework with clear monitoring and evaluation plan. This should have specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) indicators with clearly set baseline values, milestones, targets, time frames and reporting schedules to guide monitoring of project performance.

4

Going into the implementation phase, MoEF and UNDP should take advantage of the prevailing political good will at the national and county levels to strengthen the visibility of, and conversation about REDD+ at the community level.

There is need for more sensitization in the counties to allocate more resources towards the conservation efforts and to facilitate the protection of water towers.

The national and county governments should put into practice the provisions of the national forest and county laws and the county model laws which were developed through REDD+ Readiness process, to enhance resources allocation for conservation of forest and water towers, as well as engagement of communities to priorities conservation initiatives at the ward level.

5

There is need to focus efforts on privately owned forests alongside public forests to foster greater and stronger approach to tree planting and tree growing.

  • Sensitize communities on tree growing through different communication channels.
  • Conduct capacity building initiatives for communities on tree growing as a new concept.
  • Support the establishment of a monitoring mechanism and a functional governance system for tree growing initiatives.
6

The documentation of the implementation of management response actions as well as the assessment of the current risk situation must be part of the AWPs and must allow the monitoring of the evolution of potential factors that can limit the success of a project.

7

There is need for innovative approaches to resources mobilization to guarantee financial sustainability

1. Recommendation:

Future projects should manage the transition from the design to the implementation phase more efficiently to avoid loss of implementation time. The project lost a considerable part of its implementation time during this period.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/10]

Fully accepted: UNDP appreciates the recommendation and will develop mitigation strategies to ensure that PMUs are constituted on time in the future. This being a terminal evaluation, the Project will not pursue any action points in response to this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP appreciates the recommendation and will develop strategies to ensure that PMUs are constituted on time in the future. This being a terminal evaluation, the Project will not pursue any action points in response to this recommendation.
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
ERU Team 2022/12 Completed Noted for future action. History
2. Recommendation:

To increase time for active engagement, and participation of all key stakeholders, a comprehensive and timely mapping should be undertaken to identify and bring on board all relevant stakeholders.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/10]

Partially Accepted: UNDP partially agrees with this recommendation since all relevant stakeholders were brought on board and were engaged during the implementation of the REDD+ Readiness project. These included all relevant ministries, Independent Commissions, key National institutions, the forest-dependent communities, the private sector, Community Forest Associations, the vulnerable groups, e.g women, youth and people living with disabilities. However, UNDP notes the recommendation of the evaluation team and will work with other complementary projects to provide for more integrated programming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify existing similar and complementary projects by UNDP, UN agencies and CSOs to create synergies for future REDD+ project implementation.
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/06 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
Clearly outline the linkages and synergies for likely joint or integrated programming in the next phase of REDD+ project implementation
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/06 Completed Done History
Follow-up and implement complementary or joint initiatives between REDD+ project and other related projects by other entities to enhance synergy
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Team Leader - ERU 2022/10 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
3. Recommendation:

Establish a clear monitoring and evaluation framework with clear monitoring and evaluation plan. This should have specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) indicators with clearly set baseline values, milestones, targets, time frames and reporting schedules to guide monitoring of project performance.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/10]

Fully Accepted: UNDP appreciates the recommendation and will develop mechanisms to strengthen monitoring and evaluation functions for future REDD+ project implementation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review and enhance the existing TORs for Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the next phase of REDD+ project implementation
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/06 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
Develop clear Monitoring and Evaluation framework (with clear baselines, reporting timelines, targets, timelines, SMART indicators, data collection methods and sources of information) in the proposed project to UK-PACT and other potential donors.
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project Closed]
History
4. Recommendation:

Going into the implementation phase, MoEF and UNDP should take advantage of the prevailing political good will at the national and county levels to strengthen the visibility of, and conversation about REDD+ at the community level.

There is need for more sensitization in the counties to allocate more resources towards the conservation efforts and to facilitate the protection of water towers.

The national and county governments should put into practice the provisions of the national forest and county laws and the county model laws which were developed through REDD+ Readiness process, to enhance resources allocation for conservation of forest and water towers, as well as engagement of communities to priorities conservation initiatives at the ward level.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/10]

Fully Accepted: UNDP notes the recommendation of the evaluation team and will work towards increasing REDD+ visibility through national, county and community platforms.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that the policy documents are widely shared with the County Governments through the COG
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/09 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
Update the REDD+ Website for wider dissemination of REDD+ knowledge and awareness creation
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/06 Completed Final products were uploaded on the REDD+ Website. History
Collaborate with electronic and print media at National and County levels to cover the validation of the National REDD+ Strategy and Investment Plan and the National REDD+ Communication Strategy by the National Government
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Communications Unit 2022/06 Completed The REDD+ Strategy was launched at the UNEA meeting in March. History
Hold dialogues with media houses on how to increase the visibility of the REDD+ project implementation
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
ERU Team 2022/06 Completed This has been done. Very few media campaigns have been undertaken. History
Ensure validation and adoption of the National Forest Policy 2020 by the National Government.
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
ERU Team 2022/06 Completed The National Forest Policy was validated and forwarded to the cabinet. The MoEF will pursue completion. History
Lobby county governments to provide at least 5% of their annual budget allocations towards forest and biodiversity conservation.
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
ERU Team 2022/06 Completed To be done under the Post-Stockholm+ 50 county engagements. and the UN Joint Project on Tree Growing Fund. History
5. Recommendation:

There is need to focus efforts on privately owned forests alongside public forests to foster greater and stronger approach to tree planting and tree growing.

  • Sensitize communities on tree growing through different communication channels.
  • Conduct capacity building initiatives for communities on tree growing as a new concept.
  • Support the establishment of a monitoring mechanism and a functional governance system for tree growing initiatives.
Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/10]

Fully Accepted: UNDP appreciates this recommendation from the evaluation team and will ensure more emphasis is made towards privately owned forests in the next phase of the REDD+ implementation. UNDP will aim at building capacities in tree growing initiatives as a mechanism for achieving that national 10% tree cover constitutional requirement.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop and submit project proposals that focus resources on tree growing and privately owned forests
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/06 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
Hire a consultant to map privately owned forests in Kenya
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/09 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
Develop and implement action plans for engagement with privately-owned forests in REDD+ implementation
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/09 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
Develop and implement monitoring mechanisms for tree growing and engagement of privately owned forests.
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/09 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, which will take up some of the recommendations from the REDD+ evaluation. History
6. Recommendation:

The documentation of the implementation of management response actions as well as the assessment of the current risk situation must be part of the AWPs and must allow the monitoring of the evolution of potential factors that can limit the success of a project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/10]

Fully Accepted: UNDP partially accepts this recommendation and will work towards ensuring that the Key Actions for management response are dealt with by the PMU as delegated by the management. However, the implementation of the Key Actions to the management response are time-bound and cannot be tied to the AWPs. UNDP will continue to assess, monitor and report associated risks within the REDD+ project implementation context.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Document, monitor and ensure that all Key Actions for management responses to evaluation recommendations are implemented
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
ERU Team 2022/12 Completed This has been noted for future action. History
Monitor and update risk log in ATLAS
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/07 Completed Done. The Risk Register for REDD+ is complete. History
7. Recommendation:

There is need for innovative approaches to resources mobilization to guarantee financial sustainability

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/10]

Fully accepted: UNDP appreciates this recommendation and will continue to direct resources towards resources mobilization to enhance REDD+ project sustainability in Kenya.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop and submit at least 2 project proposals to potential partners for forest and biodiversity conservation
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
Project Manager 2022/06 Completed The new UN joint Programme on Tree Growing fund brings together UNEP, UNDP, UNCDF and FAO, has embedded innovative resource mobilization tools and strategies History
Mobilize at least USD 3 M towards implementation of REDD+ actions in Kenya
[Added: 2022/03/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
ERU Team 2022/12 Completed ERU has raised USD 2.6M from Government of Japan under the FLARAK Project to implement some aspects of the REDD+ strategy. History

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