Support to BES-Net for the Facilitation of Knowledge Management for the Effective Management of Biodiversity and Ecosystems for Improved Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction

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Title Support to BES-Net for the Facilitation of Knowledge Management for the Effective Management of Biodiversity and Ecosystems for Improved Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction
Atlas Project Number: 00087434
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2021
Planned End Date: 06/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
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 $): 15,000
Source of Funding: SwedBio
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Amal Aldababseh
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: GLOBAL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Discuss the log frame systematically with stakeholders, mainly the proposed targets, and indicators and ensure that targets and indicators are SMART.

2

Adopt adaptive management measures as a part of the Project implementation review to effectively avoid any risks during the implementation.

3

Ensure that the Project’s Reports include qualitative and quantitative analysis and provide essential information and discuss an exit strategy during the last six months of the Project.

4

Ensure that the knowledge gained through the Regional Trialogues is shared, and a clear follow-up plan is developed and implemented after attending the regional trialogues. A key lesson learned from the Regional Trialogues is the need to have a follow-up plan after the events. This may include presenting the action plan developed in the trialogue at the national level, encouraging participants to share their knowledge with national stakeholders.

5

Encourage and attract active participation of the private sector to enhance national and local biodiversity conservation measures; support communities benefiting from ecosystems services and expand project knowledge to national stakeholders. Through private-public-partnership, dedicate a certain percentage of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund to finance better biodiversity conservation measures and tools through effective communication

6

Institutionalize the Regional Trialogues model by developing a clear governance structure that is discussed with all stakeholders and approved by the Project Board. This is essential to make sure that countries are benefiting from the Regional Trialogues. This should include the following elements as a minimum: each country formulates a team of experts with different backgrounds [climate change, ecosystems, land degradation, ecologists, hydrologists, etc.], and appoint one person as a focal point per country.

7

Build on the success of the first two phases and expand the work to cover other geographical zones and involve more languages to facilitate national participation in regional events. The BES-Net wealth and expanded networks support the UN participating agencies in accelerating SDGs implementation and enhancing national work concerning biodiversity conservation.

8

Build on the strengths of other UN agencies to act and deliver as one UN. UNDP, UNEP, FAO, and UNESCO complement each other’s and can amplify and follow up on the implementation of the action plans developed in the regional trialogues. The existence of four UN agencies can provide great support to the project’s implementation [UNDP focuses on financing and capacity building, FAO on food security, UNESCO on education, and UNEP on technical issues related to biodiversity conservation and ecosystems services.

9

Ensure the sustainability of the project’s impact, by ensuring government participation and enhancing national ownership. As it stands, the project is not government-driven though everyone is accountable for its action plan developed and agreed to implement. Government representatives must take responsibility for implementation.

1. Recommendation:

Discuss the log frame systematically with stakeholders, mainly the proposed targets, and indicators and ensure that targets and indicators are SMART.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CA 1.1. Design the log frame of the future BES-Net follow up project in close consultation with the consortium members and other relevant partners and apply SMART indicators with clear baseline, target, and timeframe information
[Added: 2022/04/08] [Last Updated: 2022/04/13]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2022/12 Completed Follow-up SwedBio financial support to BES-Net II was approved and commenced and the project started in July 2021 History
2. Recommendation:

Adopt adaptive management measures as a part of the Project implementation review to effectively avoid any risks during the implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CA 2.1. Undertake a biannual review of the BES-Net project risk/issue logs and incorporate the updates logs into the annual progress reports as a basis for negotiating any necessary project amendments with the project donors.
[Added: 2022/04/08] [Last Updated: 2022/04/13]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2021/12 Completed Under BES-Net II, the project risk/issue logs are reviewed on a quarterly basis and updated in the annual donor report History
3. Recommendation:

Ensure that the Project’s Reports include qualitative and quantitative analysis and provide essential information and discuss an exit strategy during the last six months of the Project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CA 3.1. Explain the status and achievements of the project outcome/output indicators both quantitatively (i.e. with figures) and qualitatively (e.g. with narratives, anecdotal evidence and case studies), as appropriate and necessary, in the annual progress reports and other regular project/donor reports.
[Added: 2022/04/08] [Last Updated: 2022/04/13]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2021/12 Completed Under BES-net II, the annual reports explain the status and the progress in the results framework both quantitatively and qualitatively. History
CA 3 1.2. Define an exit strategy and organize a meeting to discuss it with the donors six months before the expiration of the project
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2024/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Ensure that the knowledge gained through the Regional Trialogues is shared, and a clear follow-up plan is developed and implemented after attending the regional trialogues. A key lesson learned from the Regional Trialogues is the need to have a follow-up plan after the events. This may include presenting the action plan developed in the trialogue at the national level, encouraging participants to share their knowledge with national stakeholders.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ER 1.1. Expand the post-Trialogue stage of activities in the Regional Trialogue methodology by adding the Trialogue action plan dissemination plan and implement it at the next Francophone Africa regional Trialogue.
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2022/12 Initiated Given COVID-related restriction in organizing physical meeting, next Regional Trialogue is scheduled for 2022
ER 1.2. Integrate the Trialogue communication and knowledge sharing activity in the BES Solution Fund work plans in all the recipient countries, e.g. progress exchange webinar among the Trialogue participating countries.
[Added: 2022/04/08] [Last Updated: 2022/04/13]
BES-Net/ GCRED & COs 2021/12 Completed Trialogue/multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement are incorporated into the respective BES Solution Fund recipient countries’ workplans and a training/peer-learning workshop was organized on the topic. History
5. Recommendation:

Encourage and attract active participation of the private sector to enhance national and local biodiversity conservation measures; support communities benefiting from ecosystems services and expand project knowledge to national stakeholders. Through private-public-partnership, dedicate a certain percentage of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund to finance better biodiversity conservation measures and tools through effective communication

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ER 2.1. Expand and facilitate the dialogue of the policy, scientific and practice communities with the private sector stakeholders (including business coalitions focused on biodiversity and ecosystem services) aiming at the establishment of the private-public-partnerships (PPPs) in the BES Solution Fund recipient countries
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED & COs 2023/12 Initiated Engagement of private sector participants already piloted in several BES Solution Fund recipient countries, which need to be mainstreamed
ER 2.2. Provide awareness raising support highlighting the linkage between business and biodiversity, building on the new evidence and messages to be brought out through the upcoming IPBES nexus, transformative change and business and biodiversity assessments
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2026/12 Not Initiated IPBES nexus, transformative change and business and biodiversity assessments currently under production and to be released in the future IPBES plenaries
6. Recommendation:

Institutionalize the Regional Trialogues model by developing a clear governance structure that is discussed with all stakeholders and approved by the Project Board. This is essential to make sure that countries are benefiting from the Regional Trialogues. This should include the following elements as a minimum: each country formulates a team of experts with different backgrounds [climate change, ecosystems, land degradation, ecologists, hydrologists, etc.], and appoint one person as a focal point per country.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ER 3.1. Integrate the creation and strengthening of institutional mechanism (e.g. policy-science-practice platforms) as part of the BES Solution Fund implementation towards the post-Trialogue update support
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2023/12 Initiated Post-Trialogue uptake support has been initiated in Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago.
ER 3.2. Provide the national-level policy-science-practice dialogue/Trialogue support in close coordination with the respective UNDP Country Office teams and the IPBES national focal point.
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED & COs 2023/12 Initiated National level Trialogue support being provided in Kenya for the balanced engagement of stakeholders with a wide range of relevant background.
7. Recommendation:

Build on the success of the first two phases and expand the work to cover other geographical zones and involve more languages to facilitate national participation in regional events. The BES-Net wealth and expanded networks support the UN participating agencies in accelerating SDGs implementation and enhancing national work concerning biodiversity conservation.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ER 4.1. Extend the Regional Trialogues to new regions/countries as per the IPBES priorities.
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2022/12 Initiated History
ER 4.2. Provide (Simultaneous) translation support at the future regional Trialogues, depending on the language needs of the participating countries, and produce the relevant Trialogue, National ecosystem assessments (NEA) and BES Solution related products in different languages.
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2023/12 Initiated Many of the past regional Trialogues held in multiple languages to bridge the language barriers.
8. Recommendation:

Build on the strengths of other UN agencies to act and deliver as one UN. UNDP, UNEP, FAO, and UNESCO complement each other’s and can amplify and follow up on the implementation of the action plans developed in the regional trialogues. The existence of four UN agencies can provide great support to the project’s implementation [UNDP focuses on financing and capacity building, FAO on food security, UNESCO on education, and UNEP on technical issues related to biodiversity conservation and ecosystems services.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ER 5.1. Formalize the BES-Net consortium by operationalizing the UNDP-UNEPUNESCO inter-agency communication and cooperation mechanisms.
[Added: 2022/04/08] [Last Updated: 2022/04/13]
BES-Net/ GCRED 2021/12 Completed Consortium mechanism fully operational with a number of coordination strategies in place including the communications and knowledge management strategy. 2022 consortium-wide communication plan is also in place. The progress in the joint operations is reviewed through the biannual meetings. History
ER 5.2. Strengthen the synergy and cooperation with the other agencies within the framework of the UN collaborative partners to IPBES in line with the IPBES work programme and the platform’s specific requirements.
[Added: 2022/04/08] [Last Updated: 2022/04/13]
BES-Net/ GCRED & COs 2022/12 Completed Cooperation and collaboration with the other UN collaborative partners to IPBES fully maintained and strengthened through regular meetings, joint presentations at the IPBES meetings and annual joint Information Documents for the IPBES plenaries History
9. Recommendation:

Ensure the sustainability of the project’s impact, by ensuring government participation and enhancing national ownership. As it stands, the project is not government-driven though everyone is accountable for its action plan developed and agreed to implement. Government representatives must take responsibility for implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/08]

Fully accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ER 6.1. Establish formal communication channels with the IPBES focal points for their endorsement, and their (and other relevant government partners’) engagement to lead the respective BES-Net activities particularly at national (e.g. NEAs, BES Solution Fund) and regional (e.g. Regional Trialogues) levels.
[Added: 2022/04/08]
BES-Net/ GCRED, COs & UNEP-WCMC 2023/12 Initiated Communication channels with IPBES focal points under formalization through GC-RED/BES-Net for Regional Trialogues, UNDP COs for BES Solution Fund and UNEP-WCMC for NEAs

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