Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in Russia?s Taimyr Peninsula: Maintaining Connectivity Across the Landscape

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2017, Russian Federation
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
02/2013
Completion Date:
05/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in Russia?s Taimyr Peninsula: Maintaining Connectivity Across the Landscape
Atlas Project Number: 00048248
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2017, Russian Federation
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2013
Planned End Date: 02/2013
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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Josh Brann Brann.Evaluation@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-2
PIMS Number: 1816
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Natural resources
Countries: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Comments: Final evaluation (field part) is postponed until end July because local Government was re-appointed only in late May, provincial department on Protected Areas was not operational due to change of management. These 2 agencies are main project beneficiaries. Teh evaluation report was expected by September 2012, however, was delayed and draft delivered in January 2013.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Stakeholders should continue actively following the finalization process of the regional development plan, and provide input to strengthen the environmental considerations wherever possible.
2 There is a great opportunity to build on the GIS work undertaken by the project to make this tool even more powerful by linking it with publicly available resources such as Google Earth. This additional step was not possible with the resources available under the project, but should any further related initiatives be supported in the region, this would be a valuable next edition of this resource.
3 The Taimyr project had a number of successful examples of establishing positive collaborative relationships with local indigenous populations with respect to biodiversity conservation and management. The project team and stakeholders should produce a short case study highlighting the good practices and lessons that were drawn from this work, and that allowed this collaboration to be a successful part of this project. This type of case study is greatly needed for positive examples throughout the GEF portfolio.
4 Develop approaches to study and address climate change adaptation in this region that is highly affected by climate change. There are prime opportunities for additional work to assess the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity in the arctic, and on traditional livelihoods of indigenous populations, based on their reliance on biodiversity resources, and to develop adaptive solutions to these issues.
5 Protected areas in the Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets Municipal District might benefit from establishment of an organizational network supporting the needs of protected areas throughout the region, allowing them to pool resources, training opportunities for improving management, and share data.
1. Recommendation: Stakeholders should continue actively following the finalization process of the regional development plan, and provide input to strengthen the environmental considerations wherever possible.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/09/11]

The recommendation is highly appreciated and is reflected in the final project Tripartite Meeting decisions which, inter alia, urge the Project Manager to hold additional consultations with the environmental authorities at the regional level responsible for elaboration and adoption of the territorial planning scheme for the Taimyr municipality in order to clarify opportunities for the UNDP/GEF project to provide further substantial input into the territorial planning scheme development. An in-depth analysis of materials and proposals elaborated by the UNDP/GEF project within the Programme for conservation and sustainable use of Taimyr biodiversity was performed in order to find out the feasibility of their broader inclusion into the territorial planning scheme, taking into account the scope, outline and the level of detail required for the latter. The Project Manager is requested to prepare a formal request to the respective authorities suggesting concrete proposals and mechanisms for their integration into the territorial planning scheme.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Project Manager is to prepare a formal request to the respective regional authorities suggesting concrete proposals and mechanisms for their integration into the territorial planning scheme.
[Added: 2013/09/11] [Last Updated: 2018/11/07]
Project Manager 2013/12 Completed Although the proposals for the integration into the regional territorial planning schemes were prepared by the project, there were serious limitations for their inclusion due to the format of the territoral scheme and the level of detail for its "environmental" dimension. The limitations for BD mainstreaming into the regional territoral planning schemes are indeed one of the key lessons learned by this project History
2. Recommendation: There is a great opportunity to build on the GIS work undertaken by the project to make this tool even more powerful by linking it with publicly available resources such as Google Earth. This additional step was not possible with the resources available under the project, but should any further related initiatives be supported in the region, this would be a valuable next edition of this resource.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/09/11]

The recommendation is appreciated, the Project Manager is to consult with the key stakeholder and the lead developer of the GIS tool (?NextGIS?) in order to find out possible ways to ensure necessary follow-up for the activities mentioned in the FE recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Project Manager is to consult with the key stakeholder and the lead developer of the GIS tool (?NextGIS?) in order to find out possible ways to ensure necessary follow-up for the activities mentioned in the FE recommendation.
[Added: 2013/09/11] [Last Updated: 2018/11/07]
Project Manager 2013/12 Completed The GIS tool developed and commissioned to the regional authorities History
3. Recommendation: The Taimyr project had a number of successful examples of establishing positive collaborative relationships with local indigenous populations with respect to biodiversity conservation and management. The project team and stakeholders should produce a short case study highlighting the good practices and lessons that were drawn from this work, and that allowed this collaboration to be a successful part of this project. This type of case study is greatly needed for positive examples throughout the GEF portfolio.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/09/11]

A recommendation for development of the case-study has been considered by both the project Management and UNDP. The findings and approaches of the UNDP/GEF Taimyr project are of rather peculiar nature and relate mainly to mechanisms which would ensure better representation and taking into account of indigenous interest in the course of establishment of regional protected areas. This would be of relevance for the Russian regions which may come across similar issues. A brief reference tool outlining the UNDP/GEF project experience and lessons learnt (possibly in the form of a press-release) will be prepared by the Project Manager in consultations with UNDP CO and UNDP/GEF RTA.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Project Manager will prepare a press-release outlining the UNDP/GEF project experience and lessons learnt in the process of regional PA establishment with a special view to take into account the interests of indigenous communities; the release is to be duly cleared and disseminated among relevant stakeholders
[Added: 2013/09/11] [Last Updated: 2018/11/07]
Project Manager UNDP 2013/10 Completed The press release on the establishment of two regional reserves with due account of indigenous comminities was prepared in Russian and English History
4. Recommendation: Develop approaches to study and address climate change adaptation in this region that is highly affected by climate change. There are prime opportunities for additional work to assess the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity in the arctic, and on traditional livelihoods of indigenous populations, based on their reliance on biodiversity resources, and to develop adaptive solutions to these issues.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/09/11]

The recommendation is noted and appreciated. However, the possibilities for further UNDP or GEF project interventions are rather limited for the moment, although the area suggested by the FE is of 100% relevance. The Project Manager and UNDP will continue finding out opportunities for possible funding of activities related to climate change impact assessment for the region.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: Protected areas in the Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets Municipal District might benefit from establishment of an organizational network supporting the needs of protected areas throughout the region, allowing them to pool resources, training opportunities for improving management, and share data.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/09/11]

Three federal protected areas in Taimyr are now in the process of reorganisation under a united management authority, or Directorate, which fully responds to the concerns raised in the FE suggestion. The regional protected areas will be governed by the regional PA Directorate based in Krasnoyarsk. Possibilities for increased cooperation between the regional and federal PAs are beyond the scope of the UNDP/GEF project which is at the completion stage, however, the key project partners will continue promoting these ideas to the extent possible.

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