UNDP-GEF Terminal Evaluation of Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Land Use Regulation and Management at the Municipal Scale

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Evaluation Plan:
2020-2025, South Africa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
08/2021
Completion Date:
11/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title UNDP-GEF Terminal Evaluation of Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Land Use Regulation and Management at the Municipal Scale
Atlas Project Number: 00083075
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2025, South Africa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2021
Planned End Date: 08/2021
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
  • 2. Output 2.4.1 Gender-responsive legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions strengthened, and solutions adopted, to address conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing of natural resources, in line with international conventions and national legislation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • 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
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 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 $): 30,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 23,400
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Giacomo Morelli International Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Municipal Level Mainstreaming of Biodiversity Standards
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5058
PIMS Number: 4719
Key Stakeholders: DEFF, SANParks, SANBI, CSIR, NGOs
Countries: SOUTH AFRICA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Monitor effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Tool to inform evidence-based decision making in order to authorize biodiversity developments for a better protection of biodiversity and natural resources.

2

Include a gender specialist in the project design team - Women's empowerment and gender equality are essential elements in the approach that UN agencies should follow in all their interventions. Therefore, it is important to ensure that gender issues are mainstreamed into future projects of UNDP in South Africa.

3

Target smallholding farmers to access market information and knowledge to improve the quality of their entrepreneur business for future projects

1. Recommendation:

Monitor effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Tool to inform evidence-based decision making in order to authorize biodiversity developments for a better protection of biodiversity and natural resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/24]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct quality assessment of EIA reports, using the refined EIA Screening Tool.
[Added: 2021/11/24] [Last Updated: 2022/03/22]
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), UDDP 2022/12 Initiated The EAI screening tool is in use and accepting of registration and login for quality assessments. History
Make refinements to the EIA Tool as needed.
[Added: 2021/11/24] [Last Updated: 2022/03/22]
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), UNDP 2022/03 Completed The EIA Tool was cleared and launched on SANBI website(http://eia.sanbi.org) for stakeholder use. History
2. Recommendation:

Include a gender specialist in the project design team - Women's empowerment and gender equality are essential elements in the approach that UN agencies should follow in all their interventions. Therefore, it is important to ensure that gender issues are mainstreamed into future projects of UNDP in South Africa.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/22]

Fully agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In future design, formalize the process of involving a gender specialist in future project design/planning.
[Added: 2022/03/22]
UNDP 2022/03 Completed The CO has enhanced the involvement of a gender specialist in project design/planning for gender mainstreaming. The programme units will continue sharing project documents to the gender specialist.
3. Recommendation:

Target smallholding farmers to access market information and knowledge to improve the quality of their entrepreneur business for future projects

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/22]

Fully agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In future design, direct project beneficiaries should be centrally focused on in all future projects, in this case, small holding farmers.
[Added: 2022/03/22]
UNDP 2022/03 Completed The recommendation will be considered/applied during the identification and formulation of other proposals History

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