Terminal evaluation of the project “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan”

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2022
Completion Date:
03/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
49,000

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Title Terminal evaluation of the project “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan”
Atlas Project Number: 00080840
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2022
Planned End Date: 03/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Energy
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.5.1 Solutions developed, financed and applied at scale for energy efficiency and transformation to clean energy and zero-carbon development, for poverty eradication and structural transformation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • 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
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 15.3 By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 49,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 22,744
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Jirí Zeman International Consultant CZECH REPUBLIC
Rovshen Ishangulyyev National Consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5536
PIMS Number: 4947
Key Stakeholders: State Committee for Water Economy of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental protection of Turkmenistan, Ahal region municipality, Kaahka town municipality ,Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan, “Sun” Institute of the Academy of Sciences
Countries: TURKMENISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Focus on timely development of Lessons Learned well before the end-of-project. As part of lessons learned structure, develop an information brief on benefits and costs of each demonstrated technology (including water/energy savings, increased crop yields, payback, etc.). Publish information based on project achievements and Lessons Learned Report also in a format accessible for farmers, i.e. brief practical guide/information for farmers on efficient water irrigation, on a permanent web site that will be available after project termination. Consider targeted information dissemination in partnership with other on-going projects (SCRL), if possible. Follow-up with the Bezmein factory of the SCWM on actual start of the full-scale production of HDPE geomembrane, its actual annual production, and utilization of the geomembrane in terms of km of canals lined.

2

Include planned activities with confirmed co-financing into project baseline, not into targets, ensure adequacy of assumptions used, and coherent and SMART specification indicators. In future projects during the project development phase implement specific quality assurance of project results framework based on Theory of Change. Define and report indicators with baselines and targets for direct project interventions and their achievements separately from indirect project activities. Document full methodology and assumptions used for specific calculation of project baselines, targets and achievements (including monitoring and verification). Use the same/compatible methodology for baseline, target and achievement calculations. Avoid double counting of achievements from GEF and other donors financed projects in reporting (not limited to GHG emission reduction). Report latest achievements as of June of actual year in appropriate column in annual PIRs. Use Critical Path Method for design and timely implementation of projects. Consider development of a financial support scheme with preferential financing and technical assistance in partnership with suitable donors for small private farmers planning to invest in efficient water irrigation, drainage, and SLM. Integrate gender aspects into future project design and implementation in accordance with updated GEF requirements. Follow up with the Bezmein Factory of Construction Materials and SCWM to ensure launch of the full-scale lining geomebrane production and actual implementation of canal lining.

3

Focus especially on an appropriate design of project result frameworks and appropriate SMART specification of indicators, baselines and targets, including assumptions when considering project proposals, consider recommendation/requirement to use a Critical Path Method in project design and implementation of GEF-financed projects.

1. Recommendation:

Focus on timely development of Lessons Learned well before the end-of-project. As part of lessons learned structure, develop an information brief on benefits and costs of each demonstrated technology (including water/energy savings, increased crop yields, payback, etc.). Publish information based on project achievements and Lessons Learned Report also in a format accessible for farmers, i.e. brief practical guide/information for farmers on efficient water irrigation, on a permanent web site that will be available after project termination. Consider targeted information dissemination in partnership with other on-going projects (SCRL), if possible. Follow-up with the Bezmein factory of the SCWM on actual start of the full-scale production of HDPE geomembrane, its actual annual production, and utilization of the geomembrane in terms of km of canals lined.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/19]

Recommendation is accepted and addressed through actions below. UNDP will ensure all pending reports, including lessons learnt report and information materials are prepared and shared with all relevant national partners and other ongoing UNDP project working on environment, sustainable management of land and water resources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3. The project team until the end of the project and the UNDP CO to follow-up with the Bezmein factory of the SCWM on actual start of the full-scale production of HDPE geomembrane, its future annual production, and utilization of the geomembrane in terms of km of canals lined.
[Added: 2022/04/19]
EERE Project team 2022/12 Initiated The project team and UNDP regularly outreach the Bezmein factory for updates on the actual start of the full-scale production of HDPE geomembrane, its actual annual production, and utilization of the geomembrane in terms of km of canals lined.
1. The project to prepare the lessons learnt report as an annex to the final project review report and briefly present it during the final Project Board.
[Added: 2022/04/19]
EERE Project team 2022/03 Completed The project final review report with lessons learnt report have been prepared and presented during the final project board meeting held on March 24, 2022.
2. The project team to structure the information brief on benefits and costs of each demonstrated technology (including water/energy savings, increased crop yields, payback, etc.) and share with key national partners and other ongoing UNDP projects related to environment, sustainable land and water management.
[Added: 2022/04/19]
EERE Project team 2022/03 Completed Information briefs on benefits and costs of each demonstrated technology (including water/energy savings, increased crop yields, payback) have been prepared as part of the lessons learnt report and presented to stakeholders during the final Project Board meeting. Information materials have also been handed over to relevant national partners and shared with the UNDP/GCF NAP Project.
2. Recommendation:

Include planned activities with confirmed co-financing into project baseline, not into targets, ensure adequacy of assumptions used, and coherent and SMART specification indicators. In future projects during the project development phase implement specific quality assurance of project results framework based on Theory of Change. Define and report indicators with baselines and targets for direct project interventions and their achievements separately from indirect project activities. Document full methodology and assumptions used for specific calculation of project baselines, targets and achievements (including monitoring and verification). Use the same/compatible methodology for baseline, target and achievement calculations. Avoid double counting of achievements from GEF and other donors financed projects in reporting (not limited to GHG emission reduction). Report latest achievements as of June of actual year in appropriate column in annual PIRs. Use Critical Path Method for design and timely implementation of projects. Consider development of a financial support scheme with preferential financing and technical assistance in partnership with suitable donors for small private farmers planning to invest in efficient water irrigation, drainage, and SLM. Integrate gender aspects into future project design and implementation in accordance with updated GEF requirements. Follow up with the Bezmein Factory of Construction Materials and SCWM to ensure launch of the full-scale lining geomebrane production and actual implementation of canal lining.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/19]

This recommendation is partially accepted and addressed through the actions below. UNDP closely works with relevant national partners on discussing and setting goals, targets and indicators during the project development phase. A number of knowledge products and policy papers have been developed within the various GEF Project (for example, SCRL Project), which include support initiatives for farmers to invest in sustainable land and water management methodologies, while gender aspects are integral part of any new project design to be funded by Vertical Funds.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3. Conduct a gender analysis to incorporate gender focused issues and activities in the implementation of the GCF NAP Project and develop activity plan of the new GEF Amudarya Project based on gender action plan drafted during the project development phase.
[Added: 2022/04/19]
UNDP, GCF NAP and GEF Amudarya Project teams 2022/11 Initiated The Terms of Reference has been developed by the GCF NAP team for recruitment of national gender consultant to conduct a gender analysis by the end of June 2022. Annual Work Plan of GEF Amudarya Project for 2023 will be developed based on gender action plan and agreed with national partners by the end of November 2022.
1. Closely work and consult with the national partners in developing Project results framework design based on proposed theory of change to have a clear baseline and realistic and achievable targets.
[Added: 2022/04/19]
UNDP, National Partners 2022/12 Not Initiated UNDP is in the process of new project concept application on Energy Efficiency in Building Sector and once the concept is endorsed by the donor (GEF), UNDP will work with the national partners to develop a good quality results framework.
2. Various knowledge products, policy papers, including a concept note of financial support scheme with preferential financing and technical assistance for private farmers planning to invest in efficient water irrigation, drainage, and SLM are expected to be developed as part of GCF NAP and GEF Amudarya Projects. Share these policy papers, recommendations and concepts with key national partners and decision makers as part of capacity building activities of stakeholders.
[Added: 2022/04/19]
UNDP, GCF NAP and GEF Amudarya Project teams 2023/07 Not Initiated UNDP has launched a new GCF funded NAP Project aimed at developing relevant actions and policy measures to adapt water sector of the country to climate change impacts. Work on this area is complemented by newly launched GEF project on Amudarya, where issues of sustainable land management will be incorporated into local and national policies.
3. Recommendation:

Focus especially on an appropriate design of project result frameworks and appropriate SMART specification of indicators, baselines and targets, including assumptions when considering project proposals, consider recommendation/requirement to use a Critical Path Method in project design and implementation of GEF-financed projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/19]

This recommendation is partially accepted and addressed through the action below. UNDP is applying appropriate Project Cycle Management tools and techniques that are similar to a Critical Path Method and any delays in implementation of the project activities are thoroughly discussed and analyzed, including during the project board meetings and corrective actions are taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Focus on an appropriate design of the project result framework and closely consult with relevant national partners in developing a new GEF Project on EE in Building sector.
[Added: 2022/04/19]
UNDP, National Partners 2022/12 Not Initiated UNDP is in the process of new project concept application on Energy Efficiency in Building Sector and once the concept is endorsed by the donor (GEF), UNDP will work with the national partners to develop a good quality results framework

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