BRA/17/G31 - PIMS-5896 - Taking Deforestation out of Soy Supply Chain in MATOPIBA region TE

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
09/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
45,000

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Title BRA/17/G31 - PIMS-5896 - Taking Deforestation out of Soy Supply Chain in MATOPIBA region TE
Atlas Project Number: 00097304
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2022
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Energy
  • 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 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 45,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 45,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Jose Galindo MSC ECUADOR
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: BRA/17/G31 - PIMS-5896 - Taking Deforestation out of Soy Supply Chain in MATOPIBA region MTE
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 9617
PIMS Number: 5896
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment Brazil; Conservation International ; Fundacão Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Sustentavel (FBDS), Sociedad Rural Brasileira (SRB)
Countries: BRAZIL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The project was instrumental for the creation of the MATOPIBA coalition. This multistakeholder platform would need to find resources in the short term to continue operating.

2

The financial sustainability of the conservation units that were created, will benefit from dialogue with the private sector to engage their financial support as it has already been applied in the past.

3

For partners such as EMBRAPA, this was a bridge project piloting different interventions whose results and gaps should lead into a second phase, whose design should stress scaling up good practices and certification, further explore incentives, and strengthen the financial inclusion across the value chain.

4

It’s necessary to follow-up on the compliance of the list of recommendations on socioenvironmental safeguards targets on the critical areas to be supported by GGP.

5

It’s necessary to follow up with government entities, such as MAPA and MMA, on the implementation of the policy proposals included in the booklets.

6

For the Outcome 2, the project developed a tool kit for landscape planning, and it would be important to ensure that MAPA and EMBRAPA capacities are built to use this kit.

7

It is important to ensure institutional planning and budgeting incorporate resources to allow the continuity to the low carbon agriculture practices, such as no-tillage, recovery of degraded pastures and crop-livestock integration, carried out by the project.

8

Key results such as the sustainability radar and the information platform should formalize the institutional commitment to ensure their operation and continuous updating.

9

At the moment, there is no clear exit strategy, as most actors interviewed don´t know what will happen after the project ends. The exit strategy needs to be built together with project partners and communicated to all stakeholders involved.

10

The PMU should present a plan on how the remaining funds will be utilized and the provisions for project financial closure.

11

The project generated an important amount of information for different audiences. General concern from stakeholders is about ensuring that there will be adequate dissemination to beneficiaries and institutions involved to share the material, lessons and valuable resources generated through closing events, social networks and websites that host all the information.

12

The project's exit strategy should consider the need to reinforce the training of municipal technical personnel concerning the new conservation units, highlighting their importance and usefulness for the population.

1. Recommendation:

The project was instrumental for the creation of the MATOPIBA coalition. This multistakeholder platform would need to find resources in the short term to continue operating.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

The MATOPIBA coalition format had been adapted since March 2020. Remote bilateral meetings started to take place to address specific actions to be supported by the companies according to the work plan consolidated in 2019. Discussions are ongoing considering the possibility of the MATOPIBA coalition to be incorporated as a Working Group in the Brazilian Coalition for Forests, Climate and Agriculture.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Meeting to be scheduled with key members to discuss the new format for the MATOPIBA coalition and its agenda
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2023/06 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

The financial sustainability of the conservation units that were created, will benefit from dialogue with the private sector to engage their financial support as it has already been applied in the past.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

Engagement with public sector representatives to support their efforts in defining a strategy towards financial sustainability of municipal conservation units will take place in the first semester of 2022, as part of CI’s approach to disseminate public policy recommendation for the Matopiba region, which were a result from GGP project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalization of the “Public Policy Inputs for the Matopiba region” document
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI MMA 2023/03 Not Initiated
Meeting to be scheduled with governmental representatives in Tocantins and Bahia
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI MMA 2023/03 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

For partners such as EMBRAPA, this was a bridge project piloting different interventions whose results and gaps should lead into a second phase, whose design should stress scaling up good practices and certification, further explore incentives, and strengthen the financial inclusion across the value chain.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

CI’s team worked closely with EMBRAPA since September 2021 to structure a second phase for the low-carbon agriculture (ABC) interventions in Tocantins. The project was approved, and private sector partners will provide the requested funding. Second phase starts in February 2022.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project was approved, and private sector partners will provide the requested funding. Second phase starts in February 2022.
[Added: 2022/09/20]
CI MAPA EMBRAPA 2023/03 Completed
4. Recommendation:

It’s necessary to follow-up on the compliance of the list of recommendations on socioenvironmental safeguards targets on the critical areas to be supported by GGP.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

The list of recommendations on socioenvironmental safeguards will be incorporated in the public policy recommendations document and will be further addressed during discussions with local governments in the first semester of 2022

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalization of the “Public Policy Inputs for the Matopiba region” document
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI Municipalities 2022/12 Not Initiated
Meeting to be scheduled with governmental representatives in Tocantins and Bahia
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI Municipalities 2022/12 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

It’s necessary to follow up with government entities, such as MAPA and MMA, on the implementation of the policy proposals included in the booklets.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

The engagement with MAPA and MMA is a pillar of CI’s institutional approach under the Sustainable Landscapes Strategy. These ongoing discussions will benefit from the public policy document takeaways and support CI’s promotion of its recommendations’ incorporation into policy design and implementation in the region.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
High-level discussions with federal level representatives to be organized
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2023/06 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

For the Outcome 2, the project developed a tool kit for landscape planning, and it would be important to ensure that MAPA and EMBRAPA capacities are built to use this kit.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

CI’s team worked closely with EMBRAPA since September 2021, to structure a second phase for the low-carbon agriculture (ABC) interventions in Tocantins and ensure the incorporation of the knowledge generated under the project (technical notes, platform, booklets, priority mapping). Second phase starts in February 2022.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Second phase starts in February 2022.
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2022/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

It is important to ensure institutional planning and budgeting incorporate resources to allow the continuity to the low carbon agriculture practices, such as no-tillage, recovery of degraded pastures and crop-livestock integration, carried out by the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

CI’s team worked closely with EMBRAPA since September 2021, to structure a second phase for the low-carbon agriculture (ABC) interventions in Tocantins. The project was approved, and private sector partners will provide the requested funding. Second phase starts in February 2022.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project was approved, and private sector partners will provide the requested funding.
[Added: 2022/09/20]
CI EMBRAPA 2022/12 Completed
8. Recommendation:

Key results such as the sustainability radar and the information platform should formalize the institutional commitment to ensure their operation and continuous updating.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

The Sustainability Radar was finalized in December 2021 and is undergoing minor adjustments on its functionalities’ improvement. The platform was presented to major public and private sector partners and its financial sustainability and web hosting is still under discussion.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Financial sustainability and web hosting of the platform is current under discussion.
[Added: 2022/09/20]
CI 2022/12 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

At the moment, there is no clear exit strategy, as most actors interviewed don´t know what will happen after the project ends. The exit strategy needs to be built together with project partners and communicated to all stakeholders involved.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

Project closing meetings with stakeholders took place remotely in December 2021. CI presented the strategy to ensure continuity of activities under the sustainable production agenda in the region. GGP lessons are being incorporated to fully consolidate an exit strategy considering partners’ inputs from the last round of discussions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Exit strategy under implementation, following dialogue with the project's stakeholders
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2022/12 Initiated
10. Recommendation:

The PMU should present a plan on how the remaining funds will be utilized and the provisions for project financial closure.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

Since December 2021, the PMU is consolidating all the financial and operational information required to properly close the project, including the returning of the remaining funds.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CI’s financial team to consolidate data from project implementation in December 2021.
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2022/12 Initiated History
CI’s financial team to provide the required reports as agreed with UNDP
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2022/12 Initiated
CI’s financial team to prepare communication on the returning of remaining funds for project closure
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2022/12 Initiated History
11. Recommendation:

The project generated an important amount of information for different audiences. General concern from stakeholders is about ensuring that there will be adequate dissemination to beneficiaries and institutions involved to share the material, lessons and valuable resources generated through closing events, social networks and websites that host all the information.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

A communication strategy to disseminate the information generated under the project was developed in July by an expert consultancy and carried out until December 2021 (social media presence, online events, podcasts, newspaper articles, videos). CI plans to continuously engage different audiences to raise awareness on the sustainable production agenda in Matopiba, by adopting all the materials generated under GGP project (technical notes, booklets, publications).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Communication strategy to promote the project's material generated.
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2022/12 Completed
12. Recommendation:

The project's exit strategy should consider the need to reinforce the training of municipal technical personnel concerning the new conservation units, highlighting their importance and usefulness for the population.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/20]

The project's exit strategy is under consolidation after the round of discussions with partners in December 2021. Conservation Units creation and implementation learnings were mentioned in the project closing document shared with stakeholders. These will also figure in the public policy recommendations summary which will be further addressed during discussions with local governments in the first semester of 2022.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalization of the “Public Policy Inputs for the Matopiba region” document
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2023/03 Initiated
Meeting to be scheduled with governmental representatives in Tocantins and Bahia
[Added: 2022/09/20]
UNDP CI 2023/03 Initiated

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