Sustainable Energy and Environment Secretariat to Support the Parliament of Ukraine in Sustainable Energy and Environment Area (â??Green Caucusâ?? Secretariat)

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Ukraine
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
02/2021
Completion Date:
02/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
13,000

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Title Sustainable Energy and Environment Secretariat to Support the Parliament of Ukraine in Sustainable Energy and Environment Area (â??Green Caucusâ?? Secretariat)
Atlas Project Number: 109445
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Ukraine
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2021
Planned End Date: 02/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Resilience
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.3.1 Data and risk-informed development policies, plans, systems and financing incorporate integrated and gender-responsive solutions to reduce disaster risks, enable climate change adaptation and mitigation, and prevent risk of conflict
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 13,000
Source of Funding: Project, donor
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 12,200
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
LILIT V. MELIKYAN Senior Consultant lilit.melikyan@yahoo.co.uk
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: UKRAINE
Lessons
1.
  1. Project designs should be scrutinized thoroughly before approval to develop appropriate risk mitigation mechanisms, imbed sustainability mechanism in the project, ensure that the project will have adequate human resources;

  2. The project essentially changed its nature: from one with the primary aim of awareness raising to one with the primary aim as capacity building. Leaving aside the drawbacks of the initial design, such a shift needed to be accompanied with a thorough revision of the approaches; and

  3. For a project, the sustainability prospects of which hinge on another project, calls for a close engagement by design.


Findings
Recommendations
1

The project should focus on selected areas of green agenda (with a prior research on the needs and the respective units of Rada primarily charged with these issues). These will be the issues that are of high priority but receiving little or no support through other development projects. These could potentially include environmental finance, EU climate law and its effect on Ukraine; Climate finance, including the climate border mechanism, Environmental tax mechanisms, circular economy, etc. The project would then work through the Secretariat of Rada reaching out to more than one unit of Rada (Committees, IFUs, Secretariat, etc.). EU experts should be invited to make presentations.

2

There should be closer collaboration with the EU Rada for Europe and USAID Rada projects, in a way illustrating on green issues the new procedures that were/would be promoted with these horizontal efforts. For example, there is a draft law on mandatory public consultations of the draft laws: the project could illustrate it with the example of draft laws in the “green” domain. Similarly, with the PLS. Also, the project could support independent legal scrutiny of the draft laws by the Rada: the EU Rada project is supporting Rada to set a “Parliamentary Research Services”; this project could demonstrate it with the legislation in the “green” domain. All of the above should be support with analytical materials, including with the examples form the EU countries. Advice could also cover capacity building on the costing of the draft laws and review

3

Support the Committees with communication could be well justified, but this should be in the context of the improvement of the communication of Rada in terms of procedures, website, etc.

4

The project should work with the EE IFU more in the part of reaching the parliamentary fractions via the IFU with awareness raising.

1. Recommendation:

The project should focus on selected areas of green agenda (with a prior research on the needs and the respective units of Rada primarily charged with these issues). These will be the issues that are of high priority but receiving little or no support through other development projects. These could potentially include environmental finance, EU climate law and its effect on Ukraine; Climate finance, including the climate border mechanism, Environmental tax mechanisms, circular economy, etc. The project would then work through the Secretariat of Rada reaching out to more than one unit of Rada (Committees, IFUs, Secretariat, etc.). EU experts should be invited to make presentations.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/28]

The recommendation is fully accepted. A special Working Group on environmental insurance has been created under the Committee on Environmental Policy and Natural Resources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Preparation of the analytical materials on environmental insurance as one of priority tasks for the Committee since the Presidential Decree from 23 March 2021 on environmental issues
[Added: 2021/04/28] [Last Updated: 2021/08/04]
Green Caucus project 2021/06 Completed Analytical materials, comments to the two draft laws and article on env. insurance have been prepared and presented to the Environemntal Committee History
1.2. Recruitment of the experts on providing legal and analytical support of the key draft laws on waste management (2207-1-d), state ecology control (3091), prevention of industrial pollution (4167), environmental insurance, environmental and climate finance, data/research analytic, communication support and social media promotion.
[Added: 2021/04/28] [Last Updated: 2021/08/04]
Green Caucus project 2021/05 Completed The experts have been contracted https://undp-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/r/personal/oleksandr_sushchenko_undp_org/Documents/Overdue%20Actions/Green%20Caucus%20Action%201.2?csf=1&web=1&e=onfOab History
2. Recommendation:

There should be closer collaboration with the EU Rada for Europe and USAID Rada projects, in a way illustrating on green issues the new procedures that were/would be promoted with these horizontal efforts. For example, there is a draft law on mandatory public consultations of the draft laws: the project could illustrate it with the example of draft laws in the “green” domain. Similarly, with the PLS. Also, the project could support independent legal scrutiny of the draft laws by the Rada: the EU Rada project is supporting Rada to set a “Parliamentary Research Services”; this project could demonstrate it with the legislation in the “green” domain. All of the above should be support with analytical materials, including with the examples form the EU countries. Advice could also cover capacity building on the costing of the draft laws and review

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/28]

The recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Establishment of the Working Group under the Committee on Environmental Policy and Natural Resources at the Ukrainian Parliament on the environmental insurance
[Added: 2021/04/28]
Portfolio Management, Green Caucus project 2021/04 Completed The Group was established in March 2021.
3. Recommendation:

Support the Committees with communication could be well justified, but this should be in the context of the improvement of the communication of Rada in terms of procedures, website, etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/28]

The recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Recruitment of the Communications expert, graphic designer to facilitate communication with the key stakeholders
[Added: 2021/04/28] [Last Updated: 2021/08/04]
Green Caucus project 2021/05 Completed The experts have been recruited History
3.2. Elaboration of the communication campaign on an improved waste management in Ukraine and advocation for related priority draft laws (draft law on waste management 2207-1-d).
[Added: 2021/04/28] [Last Updated: 2021/09/03]
Green Caucus project 2021/07 Completed The Communication plan was discussed and approved in June 2021 by the VRU EcoCommittee. The plan was implemented in July- August for the draft law 2207-1-d History
4. Recommendation:

The project should work with the EE IFU more in the part of reaching the parliamentary fractions via the IFU with awareness raising.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/28]

The recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. A joint event will be scheduled with the members of the EE IFU to reactivate cooperation
[Added: 2021/04/28] [Last Updated: 2021/08/04]
Portfolio Management, Green Caucus project 2021/06 Completed A joint offline event for the member of the Committee and EE IFU Deputy Head took place on 15 June 2021 at the premises of the Parliamentary Commitee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management. The second meeting was a Board meeting of the UNDP – VRU Commitee on 25 June. The third cooperation meeting was offline training at the Commitee premises on 8 July 2021. History

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