Mid term Evaluation of Sustainable Land Management Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2007-2011, Seychelles
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
06/2010
Completion Date:
11/2010
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Mid term Evaluation of Sustainable Land Management Project
Atlas Project Number: 00048158
Evaluation Plan: 2007-2011, Seychelles
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2010
Planned End Date: 06/2010
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Development plans and programmes integrate environmentally sustainable solutions in a manner that promotes poverty reduction, MDG achievement and low-emission climate-resilient development
  • 2. Local and national authorities have the capacities to access and integrate multiple sources of public and private environmental financing in support of sustainable human development, including gender equality and poverty reduction
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Anne Woodfine Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-1
PIMS Number: 3390
Key Stakeholders: Government of Seychelles and UNDP
Countries: SEYCHELLES
Comments: This is the Mid term Evaluation for the MSP on Sustainable Land Management in Seychelles. Management Response has also been prepared and being uploaded.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Poor general awareness of SLM / the win-win benefits of SLM. At all levels, there is need to better communicate what SLM is, its multiple win-win benefits and the synergies with BD and CC. Sites should be developed with farmers to demonstrate the multiple win-win benefits of SLM.
2 Difficulties in project implementation due to the limited number of appropriately qualified, experienced and available national consultants on Seychelles
3 Problems retaining suitably qualified and experienced staff and consultants
4 No progress has yet been made towards Outcomes 3 and 4. Work towards Outcomes 3 and 4 should be prioritized using existing guidance (e.g. TerrAfrica CSIF).
5 Site selection of ?on the ground? studies has not been participatory. Sites to be used for testing invasive alien creeper removal need to be selected using participatory approaches ? involving local communities as they will be responsible to long term maintenance.
6 The landslide maps for use in the land use planning have not been produced. The issues around which projects will contribute to landslide mapping need to be resolved urgently, to enable the LUP international consultant to use these in preparation of the district plans.
7 LUP international consultant working to MLUH PS preparing district land use plans ? however, work appears to be focusing on wide range of land administration / urban planning issues, not as TORs state focussing on contributing to SLM and BD projects ? he should be working more directly under the management of those PMs. Activities of International Land Use Planning Consultant should be managed by a ?matrix? including the SLM and BD PMs (also the PCU), rather than at present where he appears to work only under the direction of the MLUH PS.
8 The PM should be more closely involved in the discussions towards changes in the T & C PA, EPA and in the preparation of district land use plans to ensure SLM is not omitted.
9 Awareness should be raised among Seychellois that they can relatively easily halt the problems of forest fires with some care and education ? as all are lit by people
10 The Forest Fire Contingency Plan, based on using the existing local expertise of the Chief Fire Officer, should be simplified and widely disseminated, if necessary with training by an international fire officer.
11 Communications with partners, beneficiaries and the general public could be improved and project does not have an appropriate presence on the internet. The UNDP GEF Seychelles Programme and /or a SLM Project website should be improved.
1. Recommendation: Poor general awareness of SLM / the win-win benefits of SLM. At all levels, there is need to better communicate what SLM is, its multiple win-win benefits and the synergies with BD and CC. Sites should be developed with farmers to demonstrate the multiple win-win benefits of SLM.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Yes, we agree and discussions have started with the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) on the need to have a Overall Awareness Strategy for all GEF projects with more project-specific awareness activities developed within the overall Framework. An awareness workshop for GOS representatives is being planned in collaboration with the NAP consultant once recruitment of the latter is done. The PCU/PM must ensure that the SLM benefits are better communicated to the stakeholders through various means such as focus group discussions, on site meetings and regular sensitization workshops. Participatory Approaches to site selection/development will be undertaken. The PCU will devise practical ways to engage farmers in site selection and development as part of the 2011 work plan

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: Difficulties in project implementation due to the limited number of appropriately qualified, experienced and available national consultants on Seychelles
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. This is a national problem and more acute in areas requiring specific skills and expertise. The solution to the problem is beyond the scope of the SLM project and must be addressed nationally. In the upcoming country assessment, UNDP is highlighting these constraints and finding ways to address them in a holistic manner. The setting up of the University of Seychelles is a step in the right direction and it offers longer term solution.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: Problems retaining suitably qualified and experienced staff and consultants
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. This is linked to the issue above in some ways and the solution is beyond the scope of the project as it is related to the national scheme of service, conditions and opportunities for career development. When it comes to staff as seen by the SLM project which lost 2 previous PM in less than a year and is now being managed by the 3rd PM in its 2 year implementation. The review of conditions of service for the PCU staff has taken place and agreed between UNDP and the Department of Environment and is entering into force by December 2010. This will go a long way in retaining qualified staff on the project. As for consultants, the limited pool of specialized human resource in specialized fields implies that same pool of people is often being solicited for consultancies which results in delays to overall project implementation. PCU will avoid issuing 2 contracts even under different projects to the same individuals especially when not undertaking full time consultancies and will also not issue contracts to those who have failed to deliver on past contracts.

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4. Recommendation: No progress has yet been made towards Outcomes 3 and 4. Work towards Outcomes 3 and 4 should be prioritized using existing guidance (e.g. TerrAfrica CSIF).
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. Recruitment of the Consultant for the NAP is underway. Government to finalize agreement and transfer of funds from the Global Mechanism. However, that should not prevent the start of activities under Outcomes 3 and 4, as sufficient funds are still available under the Project. The CSIF methodology will be used as well during the preparation of the NAP and the Investment Framework to be developed.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: Site selection of ?on the ground? studies has not been participatory. Sites to be used for testing invasive alien creeper removal need to be selected using participatory approaches ? involving local communities as they will be responsible to long term maintenance.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed and as indicated at (Issue 1) above, the Programme Coordinating Unit will review the methodology for site selection to ensure participatory approaches through engagement of the direct beneficiaries and institutions such as the Farmers Associations and the Seychelles Agricultural Agency.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: The landslide maps for use in the land use planning have not been produced. The issues around which projects will contribute to landslide mapping need to be resolved urgently, to enable the LUP international consultant to use these in preparation of the district plans.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. The Programme Coordinator, CTA and the PM will undertake to engage the Land Use Planner and in the preparation of the necessary maps and ensure that the production is carried out in a participatory manner. A meeting was held with the Principal Secretary for Land Use in the presence of the CEO of the Planning Authority to discuss better coordination for the land use planning projects to ensure that SLM issues are also addressed in the plans. Further, it has been decided that the project and the (GFDRR/IBRD) National Disaster Preparedness and Response Project do a joint consultancy to develop Geological Risk Maps of the islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. The SLM part of the consultancy will be the procurement of national consultants to do the landslide risk maps.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: LUP international consultant working to MLUH PS preparing district land use plans ? however, work appears to be focusing on wide range of land administration / urban planning issues, not as TORs state focussing on contributing to SLM and BD projects ? he should be working more directly under the management of those PMs. Activities of International Land Use Planning Consultant should be managed by a ?matrix? including the SLM and BD PMs (also the PCU), rather than at present where he appears to work only under the direction of the MLUH PS.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. Discussion held with the CTA to relook at the working arrangements of the Land Use Planner. The Programme Coordinator with advice from the CTA will ensure that the LUP is focusing on the specifics of his TOR and regular exchanges and working session are organized at the level of the PCU to review progress on integration of BD and SLM issues in the land use plans. The PCU has already met with PS MLUH and the CEO of the Planning Authority to agree on the best way forward for the Land Use Plans. Considerable progress has also been made to incorporate the landslide component in the LUP. The reporting line is that the LUP Consultant writes monthly reports to the PMs based upon monthly workplans. All this is done under agreed quarterly and annual workplans.

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: The PM should be more closely involved in the discussions towards changes in the T & C PA, EPA and in the preparation of district land use plans to ensure SLM is not omitted.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. PM and Programme Coordinator to participate in meetings on the subject matter. The Chairperson of the TCPA review committee has also agreed to circulate to the PCU a workable draft of the document once finalized for comments.

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation: Awareness should be raised among Seychellois that they can relatively easily halt the problems of forest fires with some care and education ? as all are lit by people
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed., refer to issues at (1) above and this is also being inserted in the workplan for 2011

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation: The Forest Fire Contingency Plan, based on using the existing local expertise of the Chief Fire Officer, should be simplified and widely disseminated, if necessary with training by an international fire officer.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. To be undertaken in 2011. Will share best practices of the Mauritius SLM on the fire fighting training component.

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation: Communications with partners, beneficiaries and the general public could be improved and project does not have an appropriate presence on the internet. The UNDP GEF Seychelles Programme and /or a SLM Project website should be improved.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/12]

Agreed. The question of awareness is raised above and will be covered under the holistic approach to awareness of GEF projects. The PCU is developing its own web site for the projects.

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