Environmentally sustainable use of natural resources contributes to effectiveness of economic processes and increased quality of life

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
04/2014
Completion Date:
04/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
14,941

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Title Environmentally sustainable use of natural resources contributes to effectiveness of economic processes and increased quality of life
Atlas Project Number: 00080840
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2014
Planned End Date: 04/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.5. Inclusive and sustainable solutions adopted to achieve increased energy efficiency and universal modern energy access (especially off-grid sources of renewable energy)
SDG Goal
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • 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
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 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
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 14,941
Source of Funding: Core
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 14,941
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
James Lenoci Mr. james@lenociltd.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UNDP
Countries: TURKMENISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Diversification of stakeholder involvement should extend to the velayat and etrap level, and efforts made to contribute to rural development through local governance perspective
2 Project activities should be more substantively linked to the UNDAF human development focus
3 Higher level country ownership should be encouraged through more closely aligning with national priorities and stronger co-financing commitments and other means
4 A larger share of M&E responsibilities should be extended to the implementation partners
5 Consider implementing strategies for ?reconstructing? baseline data to support assessment of project and programme performance
6 Include project-level issues into ongoing policy advocacy efforts, and facilitate a critical review of the results of the National Environmental Action Plan (2002-2012)
7 Complete draft outcome model and carry out gap analysis to highlight focal areas for the remainder of the CPAP cycle
8 For next UNDAF/CPAP cycle, the focus should be on leveraging inroads made in climate change adaptation/mitigation, highlighting water sector experience, entry into the oil & gas sector, rural development / local governance, and also linkage of sustainable development and the built environment
9 Partnership with the MNP should be rejuvenated
1. Recommendation: Diversification of stakeholder involvement should extend to the velayat and etrap level, and efforts made to contribute to rural development through local governance perspective
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

The country office will take on board the recommendation and will give priority to the involvement of the local level counterparts in the design of the new projects and in the implementation of the ongoing actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Raising with the Government the issue of greater involvement of the local level counterparts
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
UNDP Turkmenistan EE Portfolio manager 2016/09 Completed History
1.2. Work on strengthening capacities of local level stakeholders to enable their meaningful involvement in the EE projects
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Turkmenistan EE Portfolio manager 2015/09 Completed
1.3. Two new projects under development will be consulted closely with the local level counterparts
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Turkmenistan EE Portfolio manager 2015/09 Completed
1.4. International consultants? missions to the field
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Turkmenistan EE Portfolio manager 2015/09 Completed
2. Recommendation: Project activities should be more substantively linked to the UNDAF human development focus
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

This recommendation is going to be addressed through a comprehensive process of the design of the new UN partnership framework (UNPF) and the UNDP Country Programme Document, as well as through the alignment to the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Design of the UN PF and the activities conducted as part of this in the Environment areas
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Country Office Management EE portfolio management Project manager 2015/12 Completed
2.2. Elaboration of two outcome area and two theories of change to set the framework for UNDP?s work in the EE area
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Country Office Management EE portfolio management Project manager 2015/12 Completed
2.3. Alignment of the ongoing projects as part of the current cycle to the new SP 2014-2017
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Country Office Management EE portfolio management Project manager 2015/03 Completed
3. Recommendation: Higher level country ownership should be encouraged through more closely aligning with national priorities and stronger co-financing commitments and other means
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

The country office will engage high level counterparts in the last phases of the design and in the endorsement of the Green Economy Strategy action plans: the Low Emission Development and the National Adaptation Plans. Further UNDP support will be based on these strategies and plans. In addition UNDP will embark on advocating for a co-financing scheme for the GEF-funded projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. A series of high-level meetings to advocate for the LEDS and NAP plans
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Country Office management 2015/12 Completed
3.2. Development of co-funding approach and discussion with the Government
[Added: 2015/10/26]
UNDP Country Office management 2015/12 Completed
3.3. High level launch of the action plans
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2015/11/26]
CO management with HQ support 2015/09 Completed
3.4. Design of the new projects under the new approach
[Added: 2015/10/26]
EE portfolio 2015/09 Completed
4. Recommendation: A larger share of M&E responsibilities should be extended to the implementation partners
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

Capacity gaps for and new ways of greater involvement of national partners in monitoring and evaluation will be explored. Project management will organize trainings for relevant government authorities on M&E

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. M&E understanding analysed in every project
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Project management EE portfolio 2016/12 Completed Every project has a detailed section on M&E History
4.2. Partners engaged at early stages of project design and inception
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Project management EE portfolio 2016/12 Completed Design of every project follows requirements of stakeholders engagement at all stages History
4.3. Project evaluations planned well to engage counterparts early enough
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Project management EE portfolio 2016/12 Completed All project evaluations took place in time and as planned , with full engagement of all project parties History
5. Recommendation: Consider implementing strategies for ?reconstructing? baseline data to support assessment of project and programme performance
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

Stronger focus will be given to data management and monitoring in new projects and new UNPF/CPD (2016-2020). Other instruments for collecting baseline data as advised by Evaluator will be used.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Inclusion of research and data-related work in every project
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
EE portfolio 2016/12 Completed Both ongoing and pipeline projects include a research plan or a dedicated component History
5.2. Separate work on data through UNPF and CPD
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
CO management 2016/12 Completed Both approved and UNPFD and CPD contain section on data with regard on environment& energy History
6. Recommendation: Include project-level issues into ongoing policy advocacy efforts, and facilitate a critical review of the results of the National Environmental Action Plan (2002-2012)
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

As the National Environment Action Plan expired, it makes more sense to ensure a critical review of the National Climate Change Strategy and subsequent Mitigation and Adaptation Action Plans (LEDS and NAP) that will have an embedded monitoring and evaluation mechanism. This will also serve as an appropriate platform for bringing project issues in the context of the ongoing policies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Ensure that current and new projects and issues are strongly linked with the adaptation and mitigation action plans as well as the extent of their contribution in implementing relevant policies
[Added: 2015/10/26]
EE Portfolio 2015/10 Completed
7. Recommendation: Complete draft outcome model and carry out gap analysis to highlight focal areas for the remainder of the CPAP cycle
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

Carry out a problem tree analysis of the new outcomes under the UNPF and CPD with a subsequent highlight of the areas of support

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. Problem trees design
[Added: 2015/10/26]
EE portfolio, management 2015/12 Completed
7.2. Design of theories of change
[Added: 2015/10/26]
EE portfolio, management and RSC facilitation idem 2015/12 Completed
7.3. New outcomes and outputs design based on analysis and ToC
[Added: 2015/10/26]
EE portfolio, management and RSC facilitation team 2015/12 Completed
8. Recommendation: For next UNDAF/CPAP cycle, the focus should be on leveraging inroads made in climate change adaptation/mitigation, highlighting water sector experience, entry into the oil & gas sector, rural development / local governance, and also linkage of sustainable development and the built environment
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2015/10/26]

Focus areas proposed by the evaluator will be taken up thoroughly as part of the UNPF and CPD design

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. UN partnership framework results groups discussion
[Added: 2015/10/26]
EE portfolio manager Portfolio manager 2015/12 Completed
8.2. Design of a new climate change project ?Supporting Climate Resilient Livelihoods in Agricultural Communities in Drought-prone Areas of Turkmenistan?
[Added: 2015/10/26]
EE portfolio manager Portfolio manager 2015/12 Completed
9. Recommendation: Partnership with the MNP should be rejuvenated
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/26]

UNDP CO will continue advocacy for institutional independence of the Ministry of Nature Protection from agro-industrial sector.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Discussion with the Government the issue of institutional independence of the Ministry of Nature Protection
[Added: 2015/10/26] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
CO management 2016/12 No Longer Applicable The Ministry of Nature Protection was transformed into a State Committee for Environmental protection and Land Resources History

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