Strategic Review of the UNREDD Programme - Zambia Quick Start Initiative

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, Zambia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2013
Completion Date:
08/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Strategic Review of the UNREDD Programme - Zambia Quick Start Initiative
Atlas Project Number: 00070270
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, Zambia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2013
Planned End Date: 09/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.4. Scaled up action on climate change adaptation and mitigation across sectors which is funded and implemented
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: UNREDD
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with FAO, UNEP& MLGHEEP
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
ERNST LUTZ Mr ernstlutz2@gmail.com
Stephen Tembo Mr ernstlutz2@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Other UN Agencies, Ministry of Finance, Other Government Ministries and National Institutions, Cooperating Partners & Civil Society organisationsMines and Natural Resources, Ministry of Finance, Other Government Agencies, Civil Society Organisations, Beneficiary Communities
Countries: ZAMBIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 1: Extend the UN-REDD programme for 16 Months to permit completion of the basic key tasks and ensure a credible outcome that would allow a possible follow-up phase (extension proposed from the current closing date of August 31st 2013 to December 2014).
2 Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 2: Assist government to clarify and continue to strengthen the new institutional architecture for climate change, which comprises the REDD+ coordination within the Interim Climate Change Secretariat, and encourage involvement of relevant line ministries.
3 Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 3: Promote more systematic engangement of civil society
4 Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 4: Explore the feasibility of supporting project identification and preparatory work for REDD+ and REDD+ related projects, such as with seed money from a catalytic fund management by the Interim Climate Change Secretariat.
5 Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 5: Seek funding and carry out a study on charcoal and conventional and alternative energy that will make recommendations for policy reforms and investments, that will estimate how much emission-reductions. Such reforms and investments would entail, given that charcoal production remains one of the main drivers of deforestations (USD200,000)
6 Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 6: Seek funding and carry out a study on Agriculture that will make recommendations for policy reforms and investments, that will estimate how much emission-reductions. Such reforms and investments would entail, given that forest land conservation for agricultural production is one of the main drivers of deforestation(USD200,000).
7 Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 7: Government should show more leadership to improve legislation on land tenure, tree tenure, and benefit sharing; UN-REDD should continue to pro-actively support progress, given the importance for REDD+ and landscape management in general
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 1: Extend the UN-REDD programme for 16 Months to permit completion of the basic key tasks and ensure a credible outcome that would allow a possible follow-up phase (extension proposed from the current closing date of August 31st 2013 to December 2014).
Management Response: [Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2014/08/13]

The UN-REDD team welcomes the proposed extension for 16 months, which allows for completion of various tasks and ensure a solid foundation and enabling conditions for REDD+ implementation in Zambia. Whilst a much more detailed revised workplan and budget will be developed in September with participation of Government and UN Partner agencies, a succinct action plan which gives a broad overview of key tasks to be accomplised in the next 16 months has been developed to request for extension later. The action plan sunthesizes the management response together with key on-going activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Present the findings and recommendations and follow up actions for endorsement by steering committee
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
National REDD+ Coordinator 2013/08 Completed The findings and recommendations presented to the steering committee and this was the basis for extension
1.2 The Ministry to formally request for the no-cost extension of the programme to the UN-REDD Programme secretariat through the UN-Resident Coordinator
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection 2013/08 Completed The Ministry formally requested for an no-cost extension and it was granted
1.3 The UN Resident Coordinator submits the requst to the UN-REDD Secretariat
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
UN Resident Coordinator 2013/08 Completed The Resident Coordinator submitted the request to the UNREDD secretariat
1.4 Hold a planning meeting to revise the workplan and develop an implementation plan to incorporate follow up actions to the recommendations.
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
National REDD+ Coordinator 2013/09 Completed 2013-2014 Workplan revised and implemented
1.5 Submit revised workplan to the Permanent Secretary and UN Resident Coordinator for approval and signature
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
National REDD+ Coordinator 2013/09 Completed 2013-2014 workplan revised and implemented
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 2: Assist government to clarify and continue to strengthen the new institutional architecture for climate change, which comprises the REDD+ coordination within the Interim Climate Change Secretariat, and encourage involvement of relevant line ministries.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2014/08/13]

The Government has established the Inter-Ministerial Climate Change Secretariat (IICCS) whose manadate is to coordinate climate change initiatives and UN-REDD programme is one of such initiatives that will be directly coordinated by the Secretariat. The National REDD+ Coordinator has been attached to the Secretariat.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 The National REDD+ Coordinator to operate from the Secretariat
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
IICCS National Coordinator 2014/06 Completed The National REDD+ Coordinator is already a member of the IICCS and the Climate Change Technical Committee. Discussions by the Cmilate Change Technical Committee to clarify the roles and linkages of IICCS with line sector ministries on-going
2.2 IICCS to establish working group on Mitigation that would support the implementation of REDD+
[Added: 2014/08/13]
IICCS National Coordinator 2013/10 Completed Initial Meeting to establish the Working Group was held on the 23rd August 2013
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 3: Promote more systematic engangement of civil society
Management Response: [Added: 2014/08/13]

As part of the efforts to promote a more systematic engagement of civil society, the private sector and local communities, a national scale Stakeholder Assessment and Engagement Plan (SAEP) has been concluded. The SAEP provides agood basis for further engagement with stakeholders. In addition to this, a specific study on the role of the private sector in REDD+ in Zambia has just been concluded. The private sector study is intended to identify entry points and provide the business case for enhancing private sector engagement in REDD+. Most recently, an assessment of institutional capacities and capacity needs for REDD+ is on-going, the outcomes of which will provide additional entry points for engaging with various institutions ans stakeholders. In advancing the work on the SAEP and the private sector, the updated workplan will contain a detailed implementation plan on stakeholder engagement to concretely respond to this recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Hold validation workshop for private sector study
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Technical Advisor (Strategy and Capacity Development) 2013/11 Completed Report on private sector study available
3.2 Implementation of stakeholder engagement plan (e.g. engagement of civil society, local communities, provinces, youths,private sector meetings and other organisations)
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
Technical Advisor (Strategy and Capacity Development) 2014/09 Completed Stakeholder engagement processes with Provinces and Districts, Civil Society, Youth, Private Sector, Chiefs and Development Partners ongoing
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 4: Explore the feasibility of supporting project identification and preparatory work for REDD+ and REDD+ related projects, such as with seed money from a catalytic fund management by the Interim Climate Change Secretariat.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/08/13]

Study on past, on-going and potential forest management initiatives of relevence to REDD+ has been condluded. This study will provide a good basis for the identification of pilot projects and resource mobilisation for project implementation. To complement these efforts, recommendations from other on-going studies will be reviewed, sythesized and integrated into the development of a full concept note for project identification.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Validation workshop for the study on forest management initiatives
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Technical Advisor (Strategy and Capacity Development) 2013/11 Completed
4.2 Drafting of the concept notes for the pilots to serve as bass for full proposal development and resource mobilisation
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2017/11/01]
Technical Advisor (Strategy and Capacity Development) 2015/09 Completed This was done by the Technical Advisor leading the funding for a transitional strategy. History
4.3 Resource Mibilisation
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2017/11/01]
Permanent Secretary, MLNREP 2015/08 Completed This was accomplished with the bridging strategy which was funded for Zambia mainly to undertaken a readiness assessment. History
5. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 5: Seek funding and carry out a study on charcoal and conventional and alternative energy that will make recommendations for policy reforms and investments, that will estimate how much emission-reductions. Such reforms and investments would entail, given that charcoal production remains one of the main drivers of deforestations (USD200,000)
Management Response: [Added: 2014/08/13]

Charcoal study to be undertaken to build on previous studies on charcoal industry

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Draft a concept note to review available information on charcoal production in Zambia, and to identify gaps for designing a REDD+ intervention.
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Technical Advisor (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) 2013/09 Completed The study has updated information available so far on charcoal industry
5.2 Implement the study under 5.1 above and identify funding required to address information gaps in further studies
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Technical Advisor (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) 2013/11 Completed The study was undertaken and its findings shared at an Indaba
5.3 Organise charcoal Indaba
[Added: 2014/08/13]
National REDD+ Coordinator 2013/12 Completed The Indaba was held in December 2013
6. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 6: Seek funding and carry out a study on Agriculture that will make recommendations for policy reforms and investments, that will estimate how much emission-reductions. Such reforms and investments would entail, given that forest land conservation for agricultural production is one of the main drivers of deforestation(USD200,000).
Management Response: [Added: 2014/08/13]

Emissions from Land cover change (which includes agriculture) are bring estimated. In addition, the work on National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) of which Agriculture and Energy are the sectors which for which NAMAs will be developed will provide information on cost benefit analysis of reducing emissions from these sectors. In addition, climate SMART agriculture investment plan has been developed to promote sustainable agriculture (low emission agriculture). Further, the integrated finance framework for sustainable land management has been completed which will provide additional information. Thus, the agriculture study will be undertaken to build on on-going activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Concept note on the agricultur study taking into account on-going initiatives that are linked to the study
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Technical Advisor (Strategy and Capacity Development) 2013/09 Completed The study has focussed on gaps and consolidating previous gains
6.2 Review the budgets for low emission development and adaptation project in Agricultuture to provide resources for the study
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Environment Advisor 2013/09 Completed
Recruitment of consultant to undertake the study
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Technical Advisor (Sytrategy and Capacity Development) 2013/10 Completed
7. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 7: Government should show more leadership to improve legislation on land tenure, tree tenure, and benefit sharing; UN-REDD should continue to pro-actively support progress, given the importance for REDD+ and landscape management in general
Management Response: [Added: 2014/08/13]

Noted (i) The revised Firetry policy has been submitted to the Ministry to facilitate approval by Cabinet and the forst legislation under review; (ii)The agriculture policy is being revised to include climate change issues; (iii) the climate change policy has been developed and is currently being finalised; (iv) Land audit exercise has commenced; (v)Benefit sharing study is being conducted. With all these on-going activities the National REDD+ strategy will benefit and provide for a more equitable and inclusive management of natural resources. (vi) Retreat for the Senior Management of the Ministry was held to discuss linkages among various programmes within the Ministry and support for other programmes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Submission of the Forestry Policy to cabinet
[Added: 2014/08/13] [Last Updated: 2015/05/13]
Permanent Secretary (MLNREP) 2014/12 Completed This has been completed
7.2 Finalization of the Climate Change Policy
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Permanent Secretary (MLNREP) No due date No deadline established The validation workshop on the final draft of climate change policy has been held
7.3 Review the Agricultural Policy to determine if REDD strategies have been incorporated
[Added: 2014/08/13]
Technical Advisor (Strategy and Capacity Development) 2013/08 Completed
7.4 Liaise with Ministry of Agriculture to organise stakeholders meeting for endorsement of the strategies for inclusion in the policy
[Added: 2014/08/13]
National REDD+ Coordinator 2013/09 Completed

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