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Title Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services capacity Network (BES-Net)
Atlas Project Number: 00087434
Evaluation Plan: 2022-2025, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2022
Planned End Date: 12/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. 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 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • 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
  • 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
  • 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
  • 15.3 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
  • 15.9 By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: BMU
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 30,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UNEP-WCMC
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Amal Aldababseh Ms. JORDAN
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Country governments and national partners; IPBES; global BES-Net partners
Countries: GLOBAL
Comments:

Atlas Output ID 00097675

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation 1: [Outcome 1] Continue dialogue and training through UNDP Country Offices (COs) to apply the findings of the IPBES thematic assessments. The continued dialogue and training are essential to support countries in designing and implementing the findings of the thematic assessments

2

Recommendation 2: [Outcome 1] Establish an effective financing mechanism to meet the needs and expectations of stakeholders. Allocating financial resources from the government, e.g. dedicating a budget line for financing NEAs initiatives, and efforts to promote learning and enhance knowledge sharing is required. There is a need to mainstream the NEAs findings into the budgeting process of concerned governmental institutions and departments and engage in more investment planning and continuously use the same for scaling up purposes

3

Recommendation 3: [Outcome 1] Provide additional capacity building to government officials to present the results of the NEAs and negotiate their needs at the international levels in the COPs and help develop the proposal and then implement the national components.

4

Recommendation 4: [Outcome 2] Utilize the IPBES national committees/platforms to organize national webinars for the different NEA chapters to review, update the content per theme, and validate the results of the discussion. Authors should be given the chance to present the work and stakeholders should be able to review and validate the work.

5

Recommendation 5: [Outcome 2] Organize national events with the head of the different government departments and present the NEAs to validate the information and endorse the reports.

6

Recommendation 6: [Outcome 2] Because many local experts have extensive capacity after attending Trialogues and were involved in the NEA assessment, create a database of all national experts, create strategic platform team and develop synergies among these key players, and organize national and regional Trialogue to share knowledge, experience, and skills

7

Recommendation 7: [Outcome 3] Start reviewing countries’ national policies concerning ecosystems management and involve all concerned partners, donors, development agencies, and other UN agencies to capitalize on their strengths like FAO, UNESCO, and UNICEF.

8

Recommendation 8: [Project Implementation and Adaptive Management] Enhance knowledge expediencies sharing: some countries like those in the Caribbean implement similar projects under the Nagoya protocol. It is recommended to organize Community of Practices (COPs) between these two groups.

9

Recommendation 9: [Project Implementation and Adaptive Management] Consider expanding the project’s scope and geographic coverage under phase II by involving more countries like the Caucasus, and the small islands. Attention should be given to enhancing the work on gender mainstreaming and equity, indigenous people involvement, and communication and visibility at the national level.

10

Recommendation 10: [Project Implementation and Adaptive Management] Pay more attention to the Phase II monitoring and evaluation plan, fine-tune the project results framework in consultation and full participation with the participating countries.

11

Recommendation 11: [Sustainability] The National Trialogue is a catalyst to engage the three tires (policymakers, scientists, and practitioners). To ensure the sustainability of the outcomes, countries need to define dedicated units or establish the national Trialogue as a separate entity to organize national Trialogue and follow up regularly on the implementation of the findings of the national assessments. Further, benefit from the established platforms to engage in robust public awareness of NEAs assessments and findings.

12

Recommendation 12: [Sustainability] Benefit from the prepared NEAs and Trialogues champions per country. Champions are very passionate about pollinators, ecosystems, etc. Sustainability will be ensured through organizing national Trialogues, and the champions and the platforms will be vital for knowledge sharing.

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: [Outcome 1] Continue dialogue and training through UNDP Country Offices (COs) to apply the findings of the IPBES thematic assessments. The continued dialogue and training are essential to support countries in designing and implementing the findings of the thematic assessments

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MR 1. A total of 8 Trialogues are to be conducted in the lifespan of BES-Net Phase II to enhance the awareness of the IPBES thematic assessments continuously and promote the uptake
[Added: 2022/10/05]
UNDP COs 2028/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II. The next Trialogue is in 2022
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: [Outcome 1] Establish an effective financing mechanism to meet the needs and expectations of stakeholders. Allocating financial resources from the government, e.g. dedicating a budget line for financing NEAs initiatives, and efforts to promote learning and enhance knowledge sharing is required. There is a need to mainstream the NEAs findings into the budgeting process of concerned governmental institutions and departments and engage in more investment planning and continuously use the same for scaling up purposes

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MR 2. A total of 18 countries will receive the catalytic BES Solution Fund up to 2028 to design and implement the findings of the thematic assessments and/or NEAs. As part of the support, the countries are encouraged to identify co-financing opportunities to ensure the continuity of the uptake effort.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
Governments with the support of UNDP COs 2028/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II. The Fund has already been disbursed to 8 countries.
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: [Outcome 1] Provide additional capacity building to government officials to present the results of the NEAs and negotiate their needs at the international levels in the COPs and help develop the proposal and then implement the national components.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA 3. All the BES-Net I-supported countries receive the BES Solution Fund for the NEA findings uptake, including for the assessment dissemination and awareness raising. Complementary virtual capacity-building workshops in support of the uptake are organized quarterly (Between 2-4 workshops annually)
[Added: 2022/10/05]
UNDP COs, IPBES 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II. Three workshops were held thus far.
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: [Outcome 2] Utilize the IPBES national committees/platforms to organize national webinars for the different NEA chapters to review, update the content per theme, and validate the results of the discussion. Authors should be given the chance to present the work and stakeholders should be able to review and validate the work.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA 4. BES National committees/platforms, which were established/strengthened in the process of the national ecosystem assessment, continuously play a pivotal advisory role in BES-Net II, guiding the BES Solution Fund work planning and implementation process. The assessment authors shall be consulted in the process to support the uptake process.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
Participating country governments with BES-Net II support 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II.
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5: [Outcome 2] Organize national events with the head of the different government departments and present the NEAs to validate the information and endorse the reports.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA 5. Awareness raising of the NEA key messages among the relevant government agencies and other key stakeholders is supported by the BES Solution Fund. The videos, web stories, infographics and other dissemination support resources are also under development. In addition, to address the gap between the national government and its tiers, support is under consideration by UNEP-WCMC in building the governments’ capacity and ability to implement the objectives identified in their NBSAPS and NEAs, and in their efforts to achieve the global goals set out by the Post-2020 framework.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
Participating country governments with BES-Net II support 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II.
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6: [Outcome 2] Because many local experts have extensive capacity after attending Trialogues and were involved in the NEA assessment, create a database of all national experts, create strategic platform team and develop synergies among these key players, and organize national and regional Trialogue to share knowledge, experience, and skills

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA6. A stakeholder engagement toolkit will be developed and rolled out by UNEP-WCMC to guide countries on how to carry out stakeholder consultations, including keeping them informed after the conclusion and during the implementation of their national ecosystem assessments. The trialogue methodology will be continuously applied to the assessment process under BES-Net II and the post-assessment uptake process.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
Participating country governments with BES-Net II support 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II.
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7: [Outcome 3] Start reviewing countries’ national policies concerning ecosystems management and involve all concerned partners, donors, development agencies, and other UN agencies to capitalize on their strengths like FAO, UNESCO, and UNICEF.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA7. National policy reviews have been/will be undertaken as part of the BES Solution Fund planning in the recipient countries. A participatory approach is also applied across the planning and implementation of the Fund.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
Participating country governments with UN country team support 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II.
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8: [Project Implementation and Adaptive Management] Enhance knowledge expediencies sharing: some countries like those in the Caribbean implement similar projects under the Nagoya protocol. It is recommended to organize Community of Practices (COPs) between these two groups.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA8. Knowledge and experience sharing is promoted in Central America and the Caribbean countries, particularly among the IKI-funded projects in the fields of biodiversity and climate change. The BES-Net target country teams are actively contributing to the work of the interface project. Bilateral/triangular exchanges will be supported on an as-needed basis.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
BES-Net project team with concerned UNDP regional/country office support 2022/10 Completed Addressed by BES-Net II.
9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9: [Project Implementation and Adaptive Management] Consider expanding the project’s scope and geographic coverage under phase II by involving more countries like the Caucasus, and the small islands. Attention should be given to enhancing the work on gender mainstreaming and equity, indigenous people involvement, and communication and visibility at the national level.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA9. BES-Net mobilized the resources to continue its activities up to 2028 with an expanded thematic scope and geographic coverage, including SIDs (e.g. Grenada) and part of Caucasus (e.g. Azerbaijan). UNESCO’s participation in BES-Net II as a formal consortium partner has reinforced the BES-Net’s commitment to marginalized groups such as women, indigenous peoples and local communities. BES-Net’s renewed focus on gender and ILK holders is articulated in the project gender/stakeholder engagement strategies.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
BES-Net project team 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II. Support to Grenada and Azerbaijan to start in 2023-24 depending on the progress of the UNEP-WCMC managed NEA Initiative.
10. Recommendation:

Recommendation 10: [Project Implementation and Adaptive Management] Pay more attention to the Phase II monitoring and evaluation plan, fine-tune the project results framework in consultation and full participation with the participating countries.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA10. In line with the UNDP evaluation policy, BES-Net II developed a detailed M&E plan for the entire project period. The project result framework is aligned between the global and the national levels and reinforced by the project’s communication, stakeholder engagement and gender strategies.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
BES-Net project team & concerned UNDP units 2022/10 Completed Addressed by BES-Net II.
11. Recommendation:

Recommendation 11: [Sustainability] The National Trialogue is a catalyst to engage the three tires (policymakers, scientists, and practitioners). To ensure the sustainability of the outcomes, countries need to define dedicated units or establish the national Trialogue as a separate entity to organize national Trialogue and follow up regularly on the implementation of the findings of the national assessments. Further, benefit from the established platforms to engage in robust public awareness of NEAs assessments and findings.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA11. Training on the Trialogue methodology is provided to the country teams and the facilitation support is also provided on an as-needed basis on the occasions of the actual organization of the Trialogue events throughout the implementation of the BES Solution Fund.
[Added: 2022/10/05]
Participating country governments with UNDP CO support 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II.
12. Recommendation:

Recommendation 12: [Sustainability] Benefit from the prepared NEAs and Trialogues champions per country. Champions are very passionate about pollinators, ecosystems, etc. Sustainability will be ensured through organizing national Trialogues, and the champions and the platforms will be vital for knowledge sharing.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/05]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MA12.The “Expert of the Month” initiative is developed to feature the experiences and lessons of the key BES champions, who were empowered through the BES-Net activities and have been leading the BES-related actions in different settings
[Added: 2022/10/05]
Participating country governments with BES-Net II support 2023/12 Initiated Addressed by BES-Net II.

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