Final Evaluation PIMS 3069 Strengthening Capacity to Integrate Environmental and Natural Resource Management for Global Environmental Benefits

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2015, Romania
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
08/2012
Completion Date:
09/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Final Evaluation PIMS 3069 Strengthening Capacity to Integrate Environmental and Natural Resource Management for Global Environmental Benefits
Atlas Project Number: 61965
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015, Romania
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2012
Planned End Date: 08/2012
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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 $): 30,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Josh Brann Team Leader brann.evaluation@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number: 3069
Key Stakeholders: Line ministries
Countries: ROMANIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion: 1. Recommendation 1: Given that the Romania CB-2 project is only one of the full suite of CB-2 projects supported by the GEF and implemented by UNDP and UNEP, there would be valuable lessons and knowledge sharing to be gained by examining the full cohort of CB-2 projects through a broad lens, rather than just through the individual project lens of terminal evaluations. The individual projects have no doubt contributed specific results, but it would be highly useful to gain a perspective on what the portfolio of CB-2 projects have contributed as a whole. The projects were not designed in a way to somehow complement each other or synergize at a supra-national scale, but considering that the starting point of the projects was similar ? building from the NCSAs ? to synthesize the full complement of project results should provide insights on broader results. In addition, it could be valuable to assess whether the CB-2 approach is something that should be supported in additional countries, or if there are particular types of CB-2 interventions and particular country contexts that are most effective. There are at least two ways this could be pursued, and both options could complement each other: 1. Through a single workshop of all CB-2 projects for lesson documentation and knowledge sharing; 2. Through a desk-based meta-review of the CB-2 project terminal evaluations. There may be other approaches that would also be applicable for taking a collective view of the CB-2 portfolio, but this evaluation recommends that UNDP and the GEF undertake at least one if not both of the two proposed review options above. (UNDP, GEF Secretariat, GEF Evaluation Office)
2 Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion: Recommendation 2: While the substantive aspects of the project have notable risks related to sustainability, the project did produce many analyses and reports that were useful and are likely to have continued relevance in Romania ? if they are accessible to those who need them. These may disappear and fade away as ?gray? literature unless they are appropriately archived and referenced for broader long-term availability. The most useful way to do this would most likely be by ensuring that the key project outputs are posted on the MoEF website, in the appropriate location. The EUB website could also be an appropriate location, and/or materials could be posted on both website with links referencing each other. This should be done as soon as possible following project completion to strengthen the sustainability of project results as much as possible. [UNDP, MoEF, EUB].
3 Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion: Recommendation 3: The project produced a valuable awareness product in the brochure on the Rio Conventions that is to be distributed to the list of project contacts. It would be useful if the follow-up on this outreach effort could be linked to potential future professional development activities, in line with the project?s work on developing training modules based on the Training Needs Assessment (TNA). As public servants are informed further about the Rio Conventions and integrated resource management issues, they may wish to learn more about it, and if this demand is expressed through the appropriate channels, this could increase the likelihood that the public training institute will incorporate the project?s training modules in its catalog. [UNDP, Project Team, MoEF]
4 Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion Recommendation 4: While this evaluation was not able to specifically analyze the training modules developed by the project, these are certain to be valuable outputs from the project. Their future utility currently lies in the potential for them to be included in the catalog of the public training institute, or to wait until something like the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) proposed by the project becomes reality. However, it could be possible to increase the immediate utility of the training modules by transposing them into a basic e-learning platform within the MoEF, which could be used by public servants. Creating such a platform could be much cheaper and easier than a comprehensive electronic platform such as the CHM. The MoEF would then be responsible for providing a basic certificate of training to those staff that complete the e-learning course on Rio Conventions and integrated resource management. An example of such an e-learning platform can be found in the UNDP-GEF project in Turkey on Marine and Coastal Protected Areas (GEF ID #3550, UNDP PIMS ID #3697). [UNDP, EUB, MoEF]
1. Recommendation: Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion: 1. Recommendation 1: Given that the Romania CB-2 project is only one of the full suite of CB-2 projects supported by the GEF and implemented by UNDP and UNEP, there would be valuable lessons and knowledge sharing to be gained by examining the full cohort of CB-2 projects through a broad lens, rather than just through the individual project lens of terminal evaluations. The individual projects have no doubt contributed specific results, but it would be highly useful to gain a perspective on what the portfolio of CB-2 projects have contributed as a whole. The projects were not designed in a way to somehow complement each other or synergize at a supra-national scale, but considering that the starting point of the projects was similar ? building from the NCSAs ? to synthesize the full complement of project results should provide insights on broader results. In addition, it could be valuable to assess whether the CB-2 approach is something that should be supported in additional countries, or if there are particular types of CB-2 interventions and particular country contexts that are most effective. There are at least two ways this could be pursued, and both options could complement each other: 1. Through a single workshop of all CB-2 projects for lesson documentation and knowledge sharing; 2. Through a desk-based meta-review of the CB-2 project terminal evaluations. There may be other approaches that would also be applicable for taking a collective view of the CB-2 portfolio, but this evaluation recommends that UNDP and the GEF undertake at least one if not both of the two proposed review options above. (UNDP, GEF Secretariat, GEF Evaluation Office)
Management Response: [Added: 2012/11/15] [Last Updated: 2012/12/12]

Management Response: Noted. UNDP CO has shared the report/recommendations with the Regional Technical Advisor and will look into the opportunity of organizing a workshop with the other CB2 projects for sharing lessons learned (if feasible).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Structured discussions with the government representatives in order to determine the feasibility of the organisation of a CB2 regional workshop hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
[Added: 2012/12/12]
UNDP 2012/12 Completed The conclusions of the official meetings were not favouring the possibility of a regional workshop; the project team is not in place any longer and the MInistry staff is engaged in the parliamentary elections Dec 2012. Staff restructuring is undergoing.
2. Recommendation: Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion: Recommendation 2: While the substantive aspects of the project have notable risks related to sustainability, the project did produce many analyses and reports that were useful and are likely to have continued relevance in Romania ? if they are accessible to those who need them. These may disappear and fade away as ?gray? literature unless they are appropriately archived and referenced for broader long-term availability. The most useful way to do this would most likely be by ensuring that the key project outputs are posted on the MoEF website, in the appropriate location. The EUB website could also be an appropriate location, and/or materials could be posted on both website with links referencing each other. This should be done as soon as possible following project completion to strengthen the sustainability of project results as much as possible. [UNDP, MoEF, EUB].
Management Response: [Added: 2012/11/15] [Last Updated: 2012/11/15]

Management response: The main project studies and reports will be posted on UNDP and partners' websites and shared with the main local and national stakeholders

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project's outputs (reports, assessments, guidelines, checklists, data base) were handed over to the project partners and the Ministry of ENvironment and FOrest in order to (i) undertake the necessary internal steps to institutionalize the relevant outputs and (ii) disseminate and post on the web site
[Added: 2012/12/12]
UNDP 2012/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion: Recommendation 3: The project produced a valuable awareness product in the brochure on the Rio Conventions that is to be distributed to the list of project contacts. It would be useful if the follow-up on this outreach effort could be linked to potential future professional development activities, in line with the project?s work on developing training modules based on the Training Needs Assessment (TNA). As public servants are informed further about the Rio Conventions and integrated resource management issues, they may wish to learn more about it, and if this demand is expressed through the appropriate channels, this could increase the likelihood that the public training institute will incorporate the project?s training modules in its catalog. [UNDP, Project Team, MoEF]
Management Response: [Added: 2012/11/15] [Last Updated: 2012/11/15]

Management response: Noted. There was an intention from the Ministry of Environment and Forest side to work with a public training institute/university for delivering of the proposed training framework, however so far no explicit demand from the ministry side has been formulated.However, all the project's studies and analyses were submitted to the ministry and local authorities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Structured discussions were organized on the development and implementation of the tailored training modules; the Ministry of Environment and Forests decided not to pursue at this moment any activity in order to identify a suitable public training institution and further implement the training framework developed by the project. At a later stage, most probable after the parliamentary elections, there is a probability that the ministry will pursue this recommendation.
[Added: 2012/12/12]
UNDP 2012/12 Completed
4. Recommendation: Recommendations for Stakeholders following project's completion Recommendation 4: While this evaluation was not able to specifically analyze the training modules developed by the project, these are certain to be valuable outputs from the project. Their future utility currently lies in the potential for them to be included in the catalog of the public training institute, or to wait until something like the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) proposed by the project becomes reality. However, it could be possible to increase the immediate utility of the training modules by transposing them into a basic e-learning platform within the MoEF, which could be used by public servants. Creating such a platform could be much cheaper and easier than a comprehensive electronic platform such as the CHM. The MoEF would then be responsible for providing a basic certificate of training to those staff that complete the e-learning course on Rio Conventions and integrated resource management. An example of such an e-learning platform can be found in the UNDP-GEF project in Turkey on Marine and Coastal Protected Areas (GEF ID #3550, UNDP PIMS ID #3697). [UNDP, EUB, MoEF]
Management Response: [Added: 2012/11/15] [Last Updated: 2012/11/15]

Management response: The project has developed a training framework and several reports and studies that were submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forest and that could serve as a basis for future trainings. The regional clearing house was developed and it is linked with the National Biodiversity Clearing House.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As stated above, UNDP will bring to the Ministry's attention the proposed training framework. It is likely that the training framework will be explored with a view of institutionalization and implementation most probably after the parliamentary elections.
[Added: 2012/12/12]
UNDP 2010/12 Completed Discussions have been organized with the relevant counterparts; the conclusion is that the ministry will explore the possibility of the implementation of the training framework developed by the project possibly in 2013.

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