BRA 14/G31 Production of Biomass- based Charcoal TE

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2022
Completion Date:
03/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title BRA 14/G31 Production of Biomass- based Charcoal TE
Atlas Project Number: 00069375
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2022
Planned End Date: 06/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. 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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Trond Norheim PhD
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: BRA/14/G31 Biomass- based Charcoal
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4718
PIMS Number: 4675
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment Brazil, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), Ministry of Science, Technology Innovation (MCTIC), Secretariat for Agricultural Development (SEAD)
Countries: BRAZIL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Assure that a good results framework is developed during the PPG phase, which should have reliable baselines on output- and outcome level, and specific targets that could be used for planning of project activities and monitoring of results. This period should also be used for other detailed planning, including operative regulations and a work plan with deadlines.

2

Assure that the Government on high level is onboard during the design phase, that it is understood that co-financing is an international commitment, and to agree in advance on the expected date for national project approval.

3

Assure more exchange of experiences and lessons learned, especially between UNDP projects in the same country at the same time, but also with other agencies in the same fields.

4

Assure that results and lessons learned from this project are being integrated into the design of other UNDP projects that are focusing on climate change mitigation in the industry sector, especially if they cover charcoal production.

5

Discuss with MMA and partners the possible establishment of an information platform with all the relevant documents and information developed during the project, to be openly accessible through the Internet.

6

Take initiative to a higher-level discussion between the UNDP Resident Representative and government counterparts with the goal to promote adoption of “Strategy for the sustainable charcoal-based iron and steel industry”. The adoption of the MRV system to track sustainable charcoal production could also be included in the same conversations.

1. Recommendation:

Assure that a good results framework is developed during the PPG phase, which should have reliable baselines on output- and outcome level, and specific targets that could be used for planning of project activities and monitoring of results. This period should also be used for other detailed planning, including operative regulations and a work plan with deadlines.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/18]

High-level government was involved in the main conversations and participated actively during the PPG phase. However, due to internal government problems, there was a great delay in the project signature – the project was approved for implementation on January 2014, but PRODOC was signed on June 2015.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Next projects should have planning cycles to be reviewed with project stakeholders and based on solid baselines.
[Added: 2022/03/18]
UNDP CO 2022/12 Completed Will be incorporated on future projects.
2. Recommendation:

Assure that the Government on high level is onboard during the design phase, that it is understood that co-financing is an international commitment, and to agree in advance on the expected date for national project approval.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/18]

Three ministries were involved during the design phase of the Project: former Ministry of Development, Industry and Innovation (MDIC), which was responsible for implementing the Sustainable Charcoal Plan for the I&S sector; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), formerly responsible for the charcoal portfolio; and the Ministry of Environment (MMA), responsible for the development of Brazilian Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and for monitoring the implementation of the National Plan on Climate Change. Regarding the government co-financing, due to a legislation restructuring, the Brazilian government did not transfer the resources from the Climate Fund (Fundo Clima) – in the amount of USD 25 million. Nevertheless, the ministries that are part of the Project made in-kind contributions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Guarantee that the governance structure works properly and that communications and engagement plans are set to guarantee that all relevant stakeholders will be properly engaged.
[Added: 2022/03/18]
UNDP CO 2022/09 Completed Will be incorporated on future projects. History
3. Recommendation:

Assure more exchange of experiences and lessons learned, especially between UNDP projects in the same country at the same time, but also with other agencies in the same fields.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/18]

UNDP Brazil promotes knowledge networks and facilitates knowledge building and knowledge sharing among its project teams and with other UN agencies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Intensify the inter-agency communication channel for the exchange of experience and lessons learned.
[Added: 2022/03/18]
UNDP 2022/06 Not Initiated Will be incorporated on future projects. History
4. Recommendation:

Assure that results and lessons learned from this project are being integrated into the design of other UNDP projects that are focusing on climate change mitigation in the industry sector, especially if they cover charcoal production.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/18]

All the information generated by the project was shared with the UNDP CO and with the RTA. No internal workshop or process was adopted to disseminate information among UNDP network.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Inside the Comms and engagement strategy include internal lessons learned sessions to disseminate to potential countries interested.
[Added: 2022/03/18]
UNDP 2022/06 Not Initiated Will be incorporated on future projects. History
5. Recommendation:

Discuss with MMA and partners the possible establishment of an information platform with all the relevant documents and information developed during the project, to be openly accessible through the Internet.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/18]

This option was discussed by the project team. Unfortunately, was not able to be concluded.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Adopt and create Communication plans that involve a broad dissemination of the results and knowledge generated by the project
[Added: 2022/03/18]
UNDP 2022/12 Not Initiated Will be incorporated on future projects.
6. Recommendation:

Take initiative to a higher-level discussion between the UNDP Resident Representative and government counterparts with the goal to promote adoption of “Strategy for the sustainable charcoal-based iron and steel industry”. The adoption of the MRV system to track sustainable charcoal production could also be included in the same conversations.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/18]

 The UNDP Project team had discussions with the government counterparts to promote the adoption of the strategy to encourage the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the Brazilian I&S industry with the use of charcoal, so that it becomes a public policy.  The MRV system was transferred and is now hosted by the Ministry of Environment (MMA). The system is currently working in the Ministry's environment/server but, despite the discussions between the UNDP Project team and MMA, the platform has not yet been made available for external access, it can only be accessed by computers within the Ministry itself.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize meetings with high level to discuss next steps and further partnerships with the Ministry of Environment and other relevant stakeholders.
[Added: 2022/03/18]
UNDP 2022/06 Initiated

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