BRA/14/G32 Sustainable Land Use Mgt in the Semiarid Region-Sergipe TE

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2022
Completion Date:
12/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title BRA/14/G32 Sustainable Land Use Mgt in the Semiarid Region-Sergipe TE
Atlas Project Number: 00083642
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2021
Planned End Date: 03/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 3.4.1 Innovative nature-based and gender-responsive solutions developed, financed and applied for sustainable recovery
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • 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
  • 1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • 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
  • 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Brazilian Government
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Donors
  • Joint with GEF, MMA
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Jose Galindo MSC ECUADOR
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Caatinga Ecosystems Conservation II (Sergipe)
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5276
PIMS Number: 3066
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment Brazil
Countries: BRAZIL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Stakeholders would like to see a second phase of the project, to allow an adequate closure of project activities and to ensure institutions are able to assimilate the important level of investment deployed since the project´s Substantive Revision. There is interest from northeastern states and capacities in place to continue the preservation and sustainable management of the Caatinga biome.

2

It is recommended to follow up on budget plans at the state level. The challenge now lies in the capacity of the institutions to ensure good spending and documented impact.

3

It is important to build an institutional route that provides clarity on the competencies of the MMA, and that allows scaling up to the national level what has been worked on at the regional level through the project and other interventions

4

For future projects it is important to evaluate the possibility to incorporate state governments as responsible parties to execute some project activities to further build institutional capacities and deconcentrate risk from federal agencies.

5

Future projects implementing activities at the state and municipal scales, should consider a more balanced distribution of the PMU between Brasilia and the state or place where activities are implemented.

6

Cofinancing should be monitored systematically, with tools that allow periodic reporting of the progress in terms of resource mobilization against original commitments.

7

It is recommended that the implementation of Law No. 8785 (State Policy to Combat Desertification - PECD) be monitored to verify compliance, otherwise there is a risk that it will remain on paper.

8

It is important to follow up on the status of the INCRA credit lines and the environmental fines conversion instrument promoted by the project.

9

Since the project developed material for online training, it is recommended to take advantage of the inputs generated to continue capacity building remotely with farmers and interested families in Sergipe.

10

It is essential that the closure of the project is used to generate a repository of all the information generated, and that a way is found to ensure that it can continue to be used and made available after project closure. 

11

Often, an accelerated project closure process means that many activities implemented at the end may have a low capacity for assimilation by partners and beneficiaries. It is necessary for UNDP to accompany the closing processes of pending consultancies and to commit state authorities to assume key roles and responsibilities are in place to ensure sustainability.

12

Regarding the exit strategy that has been developed, it is important to formalize the follow up commitments of actors or partners to fund and technically support the implementation of SLM practices or the implementation of the State Policy to Combat Desertification in Sergipe.

1. Recommendation:

Stakeholders would like to see a second phase of the project, to allow an adequate closure of project activities and to ensure institutions are able to assimilate the important level of investment deployed since the project´s Substantive Revision. There is interest from northeastern states and capacities in place to continue the preservation and sustainable management of the Caatinga biome.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

UNDP and DAS unit are on the process to draft the strategy for the period 2022-2025. One of the main strategies is linked to Biodiversity and Bioeconomy. This recommendation will be considered on the planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include this opportunity, approach and this articulation in the Biodiversity Stakeholder engagement plan
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
2. Recommendation:

It is recommended to follow up on budget plans at the state level. The challenge now lies in the capacity of the institutions to ensure good spending and documented impact.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

The Ministry of Environment team with UNDP support will keep monitoring the impacts of the project. These results will be important for the UNDP 2022-2025 strategy plan that the approach and partnerships can be reinforced.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Monitor further impacts of the project
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP MMA 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
Include approach and opportunities on the UNDP CPD
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP MMA 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
3. Recommendation:

It is important to build an institutional route that provides clarity on the competencies of the MMA, and that allows scaling up to the national level what has been worked on at the regional level through the project and other interventions

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

The Ministry of Environment team with UNDP support will keep monitoring the impacts of the project. These results will be important for the UNDP 2022-2025 strategy plan that the approach and partnerships can be reinforced.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Monitor further impacts of the project
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP MMA 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
Include approach and opportunities on the UNDP CPD
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP MMA 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
4. Recommendation:

For future projects it is important to evaluate the possibility to incorporate state governments as responsible parties to execute some project activities to further build institutional capacities and deconcentrate risk from federal agencies.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

UNDP and DAS unit are on the process to draft the strategy for the period 2022-2025. One of the main strategies is linked to Biodiversity and Bioeconomy. This recommendation will be considered on the planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include this opportunity, approach and this articulation in the Biodiversity Stakeholder engagement plan
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Future projects implementing activities at the state and municipal scales, should consider a more balanced distribution of the PMU between Brasilia and the state or place where activities are implemented.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

In the last year, the project counted with two advisors, one of them performing locally and the other at the management unit, in Brasilia, this mitigated the limitations of the PMU travels for promoting actions and monitoring.  Although, UNDP and DAS unit are on the process to draft the strategy for the period 2022-2025. One of the main strategies is linked to Biodiversity and Bioeconomy. This recommendation will be considered on the planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include this opportunity, approach and this articulation in the Biodiversity Stakeholder engagement plan
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Cofinancing should be monitored systematically, with tools that allow periodic reporting of the progress in terms of resource mobilization against original commitments.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

The team was not able to create a co finance monitoring system, but based on lessons learned during the project implementation several recommendations was gathered to support a Co-financing monitoring process to be implemented on other ongoing projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Structure a co-financing monitoring and report system to be implemented on other initiatives
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
7. Recommendation:

It is recommended that the implementation of Law No. 8785 (State Policy to Combat Desertification - PECD) be monitored to verify compliance, otherwise there is a risk that it will remain on paper.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

UNDP and DAS unit are on the process to draft the strategy for the period 2022-2025. One of the main strategies is linked to Biodiversity and Bioeconomy. This recommendation will be considered on the planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include this opportunity, approach, and this articulation in the Biodiversity Stakeholder engagement plan
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
8. Recommendation:

It is important to follow up on the status of the INCRA credit lines and the environmental fines conversion instrument promoted by the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

UNDP and DAS unit are on the process to draft the strategy for the period 2022-2025. One of the main strategies is linked to Biodiversity and Bioeconomy. This recommendation will be considered on the planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include this opportunity, approach, and this articulation in the Biodiversity Stakeholder engagement plan
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Since the project developed material for online training, it is recommended to take advantage of the inputs generated to continue capacity building remotely with farmers and interested families in Sergipe.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

UNDP and DAS unit are on the process to draft the strategy for the period 2022-2025. One of the main strategies is linked to Biodiversity and Bioeconomy. This recommendation will be considered on the planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include this opportunity, approach, and this articulation in the Biodiversity Stakeholder engagement plan
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
10. Recommendation:

It is essential that the closure of the project is used to generate a repository of all the information generated, and that a way is found to ensure that it can continue to be used and made available after project closure. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

All the information generated by the project was made available for the Ministry of environment and other beneficiaries, through a public directory.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Guarantee full access to the Ministry of environment and other beneficiaries, of technical relevant information generated by the project;
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/03 Completed
11. Recommendation:

Often, an accelerated project closure process means that many activities implemented at the end may have a low capacity for assimilation by partners and beneficiaries. It is necessary for UNDP to accompany the closing processes of pending consultancies and to commit state authorities to assume key roles and responsibilities are in place to ensure sustainability.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

The UNDP project team is still working on closing with the Ministry of environment to guarantee the effective closure and dissemination of learnings.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Map and list pending process.
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
Arrange meetings with Ministry of environment.
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
Effective close all processes
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
12. Recommendation:

Regarding the exit strategy that has been developed, it is important to formalize the follow up commitments of actors or partners to fund and technically support the implementation of SLM practices or the implementation of the State Policy to Combat Desertification in Sergipe.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

UNDP and DAS unit are on the process to draft the strategy for the period 2022-2025. One of the main strategies is linked to Biodiversity and Bioeconomy. This recommendation will be considered on the planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include this opportunity approach, and this articulation in the Biodiversity Stakeholder engagement plan
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated

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