Final Evaluation: Conservation and sustainable use of globally significant biological diversity in Khazar Nature Reserve on the Caspian Sea Coast

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2011
Completion Date:
09/2011
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Final Evaluation: Conservation and sustainable use of globally significant biological diversity in Khazar Nature Reserve on the Caspian Sea Coast
Atlas Project Number: 00051694
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2011
Planned End Date: 03/2011
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
  • 3. National and local governments and communities have the capacities to adapt to climate change and make inclusive and sustainable environment & energy decisions benefitting in particular under-served populations
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number: 3157
Key Stakeholders: UNDP, GEF, Ministry of Nature Protection
Countries: TURKMENISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 For the foreseeable future, the design of GEF projects proposed for Turkmenistan provides sufficient funding to facilitate inclusion of significant capacity-building and policy-orientated components, and allows adequate time for the latter to be achieved.
2 During the design of GEF projects proposed for Turkmenistan, full consideration should be given to including a management advisory/mentoring role to a foreign national as part of his/her CTA duties.
3 The UNDP-CO develops a more formal and comprehensive induction programme for project mangers to be undertaken at the start of the PM?s contract.
4 Specific, pre-scheduled, one-to-one training be provided at regular intervals to project managers by the UNDP-CO Operations Unit
5 UNDP-CO programme officers formalise quarterly reporting on project delivery and invoke rectification measures where this differs from an agreed target by more than an agreed percentage.
6 All future requests for proposals should include a public statement to the effect that no kick-backs are payable on any UNDP consultancy or procurement contract, and that if any vendor finds him(her)self approached for the same, they should report it in confidence to the Resident Representative immediately
7 Subject to Ministry of Nature Protection approval, the training manual entitled Handbook for Protected Area Specialists be published using outstanding Project funds
1. Recommendation: For the foreseeable future, the design of GEF projects proposed for Turkmenistan provides sufficient funding to facilitate inclusion of significant capacity-building and policy-orientated components, and allows adequate time for the latter to be achieved.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/09/12] [Last Updated: 2011/09/13]

Future GEF projects will be designed with focus on sufficient funding for capacity-building and policy-oriented components.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The design of GEF projects proposed for Turkmenistan will provide sufficient funding to facilitate inclusion of significant capacity-building and policy-oriented components, and allow adequate time to achieve them.
[Added: 2011/09/12] [Last Updated: 2013/09/29]
Rovshen Nurmuhamedov 2013/09 Completed The design of new projects includes evaluation recommendation.
2. Recommendation: During the design of GEF projects proposed for Turkmenistan, full consideration should be given to including a management advisory/mentoring role to a foreign national as part of his/her CTA duties.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/09/13]

Foreign mentoring will be considered for future project(s).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
During the design of GEF projects for Turkmenistan including a management advisory/mentoring role to a foreign national as part of his/her CTA duties to be considered.
[Added: 2011/09/13] [Last Updated: 2013/09/29]
Rovshen Nurmuhamedov 2011/09 Completed Advisory and mentoring role is being applied with regard to the on-going project, and will be applied for the development of a new one.
3. Recommendation: The UNDP-CO develops a more formal and comprehensive induction programme for project mangers to be undertaken at the start of the PM?s contract.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/09/13]

An induction training for a new PM is to be provided.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An induction training for a PM to be developed and provided.
[Added: 2011/09/13] [Last Updated: 2013/01/17]
Rovshen Nurmuhammedov, Operations unit 2012/01 No Longer Applicable The Energy and Environment portfolio has moved to an organizational structure where PM functions are not needed. Technical advisors will lead the projects focusing mostly on substantial aspects.
4. Recommendation: Specific, pre-scheduled, one-to-one training be provided at regular intervals to project managers by the UNDP-CO Operations Unit
Management Response: [Added: 2011/09/13]

UNDP CO organizes comprehensive trainings once year for all project staff. Quarterly short-term trainings are to be conducted on a regular basis by UNDP environment portfolio staff.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Trainings for project staff are to be established on a regular basis.
[Added: 2011/09/13] [Last Updated: 2013/01/17]
Rovshen Nurmuhamedov,Djemshid Khadjiev 2011/09 No Longer Applicable
5. Recommendation: UNDP-CO programme officers formalise quarterly reporting on project delivery and invoke rectification measures where this differs from an agreed target by more than an agreed percentage.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/09/13]

Quarterly reporting and project performance are to be closely monitored.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Quarterly reportning and project performance are to be monitored and needed measures to be put in place to improve reporting and performance.
[Added: 2011/09/13] [Last Updated: 2013/01/17]
Rovhsen Nurmuhamedov 2011/12 Completed
6. Recommendation: All future requests for proposals should include a public statement to the effect that no kick-backs are payable on any UNDP consultancy or procurement contract, and that if any vendor finds him(her)self approached for the same, they should report it in confidence to the Resident Representative immediately
Management Response: [Added: 2011/09/13]

Inclusion of a public statement on transparency has to be agreed with UNDP Legal Office.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Improved consultancy and procurement practices.
[Added: 2011/09/13] [Last Updated: 2013/01/17]
Rovshen Nurmuhammedov, Operations Unit 2011/12 Completed
7. Recommendation: Subject to Ministry of Nature Protection approval, the training manual entitled Handbook for Protected Area Specialists be published using outstanding Project funds
Management Response: [Added: 2011/09/13]

Project extension for providing the time necessary to consolidate the training manual.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Publishing of the training manual for Protected Area specialists.
[Added: 2011/09/13] [Last Updated: 2014/05/07]
Rovshen Nurmuhammedov 2014/03 Completed

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