Final Evaluation of Sustainable Land Management Project in Seychelles

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Seychelles
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2013
Completion Date:
05/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,130

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Title Final Evaluation of Sustainable Land Management Project in Seychelles
Atlas Project Number: 00048158
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Seychelles
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2013
Planned End Date: 05/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,130
Source of Funding: GEF funds
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Anne Woodfine Consultant woodfine1@woodfine1.freeserve.co.uk
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number: 3390
Key Stakeholders: GEF and UNDP
Countries: SEYCHELLES
Comments: Evaluation completed and Management response being finalized to be completed by May 2013
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 (i) Government of Seychelles (GoS) should adopt the various reviews / updates of laws and policies undertaken within the project in the near future and prioritize better mainstreaming of SLM throughout key national agencies. This particularly depends on continuing awareness raising at all levels on the win-win-win benefits of SLM and its synergies, particularly with climate change and biodiversity protection (ii) . GoS are more committed to increasing national food production now than they were pre 2008 ? this should help support scaling-up of support for SLM (iii) The extension service and future projects could usefully include more ?learning by doing? / action research / farmer field school approaches, which are found widely successful elsewhere to catalyse wide up-take of SLM technologies. (iv) SAA should continue to support the soils laboratory in Grand? Anse, as it is not likely to be able to recoup sufficient funds to cover its costs in the short-term. Furthermore, the manual produced by the project on SLM for farmers (Nancy, 2012) should be translated into Creole to widen the number of farmers who can benefit from it.
2 The project has trained SNPA trainers in fire fighting. It is furthermore recommended that these staff is enabled to impart their knowledge widely to reduce the problems of forest fires which plague the granitic islands. DRDM staff also needs such training.
3 It is also recommended that MLUH should use the land use maps prepared by the project to protect biodiversity and adopt landscape approaches in wider land management, rather than using the maps as tools in land administration / development planning
4 Although the project is now closed, there remains disagreement among those interviewed in the TE as to who is / was the counterpart for the Land Use Planning Consultant who worked to develop district land use plans continuously (funded by this GEF SLM project and also the on-going BD project) since November 2009. This is surprising, as it seems sin qua non that local staff should have been trained to continue the land use mapping / planning role ? which used some 10% of the project funds. It is important that this is not repeated in future projects in Seychelles ? or beyond
5 Reports produced by the project (see Annex 5) should either be up-loaded to the PCU website as they stand and their availability there publicised ? or summaries should be prepared. Furthermore, clear links should then be made between the PCU website and GoS sites to widen awareness of SLM
6 It would be advisable for future GEF funded and other projects in Seychelles and other small / remote countries to carefully consider the expertise available among national consultants during the design phase, to ensure they do not require expertise which is unlikely to be available during project implementation ? or to ensure that there are clear arrangements to enable for example civil servants to undertake such work in parallel to their existing work
7 Revisions of the LogFrame during project implementation (Feb. 2010 & July 2012) show that the list of assumptions and risks have been reduced ? which is surprising, as by that stage in project implementation issues of human resources and wider economic issues were affecting project implementation. The various versions of the LogFrame also failed to mention externalities (i.e. national and global economic / political issues, the effects of climate change etc.) which in the event particularly affected the project. LogFrames can be very useful tools in project management, but to be effective, must be kept up-to-date.
1. Recommendation: (i) Government of Seychelles (GoS) should adopt the various reviews / updates of laws and policies undertaken within the project in the near future and prioritize better mainstreaming of SLM throughout key national agencies. This particularly depends on continuing awareness raising at all levels on the win-win-win benefits of SLM and its synergies, particularly with climate change and biodiversity protection (ii) . GoS are more committed to increasing national food production now than they were pre 2008 ? this should help support scaling-up of support for SLM (iii) The extension service and future projects could usefully include more ?learning by doing? / action research / farmer field school approaches, which are found widely successful elsewhere to catalyse wide up-take of SLM technologies. (iv) SAA should continue to support the soils laboratory in Grand? Anse, as it is not likely to be able to recoup sufficient funds to cover its costs in the short-term. Furthermore, the manual produced by the project on SLM for farmers (Nancy, 2012) should be translated into Creole to widen the number of farmers who can benefit from it.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/06/05]

We agree with the comment and any future projects dealing with SLM will take into account the recommendations. In addition, GoS will be implementing a new IFAD funded small project to boost the agricultural small scale productions

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Continue the dialogue with the Ministry of Industry and Natural Resources and the Seychelles Agricultural Agency
[Added: 2013/07/09] [Last Updated: 2014/01/14]
Ministry of Industry and Natural Resources, Seychelles Agricultural Agency No due date No deadline established this is an ongoing dialogue with the Government. For example under the IFAD project elements produced under the SLM project are taken into account. the preparation of the IFAD project for farmers discussed with PCU on several matters which have now been taken on board
2. Recommendation: The project has trained SNPA trainers in fire fighting. It is furthermore recommended that these staff is enabled to impart their knowledge widely to reduce the problems of forest fires which plague the granitic islands. DRDM staff also needs such training.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/06/05]

We agree with the comment and will incorporate further training for the DRDM staff as well as Forestry staff on the main island of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. This will be incorporated as part of the upcoming GEF projects submission for protected area.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.2 Include additional forestry management and forest fire training as a component of the upcoming project on Sustainable management and Financing of Protected Area in Seychelles
[Added: 2013/07/09] [Last Updated: 2014/12/15]
Seychelles National Parks Authority/Ministry of Environment and Energy/Programme Coordination Unit/UNDP No due date No deadline established The development of the new PA financing project will include attention to this issues and the need for replication.
3. Recommendation: It is also recommended that MLUH should use the land use maps prepared by the project to protect biodiversity and adopt landscape approaches in wider land management, rather than using the maps as tools in land administration / development planning
Management Response: [Added: 2013/06/05]

We agree with the comment and this will be undertaken as part of the revised Town and Country Planning Act and subsequent Regulations being developed under the Biodiversity Mainstreaming Project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 - Ensure that the Land Use Plans developed under the SLM and the Mainstreaming Biodiversity Project are approved by Cabinet.
[Added: 2013/07/09] [Last Updated: 2014/01/14]
Ministry of Land Use and Habitat 2013/09 Completed Land Use Plan prepared and finalized. Regulations under Town and Country Planning Act completed and presented to Cabiunet a second time. Now the Act is with the AG's office for final review
3.2 ? Land Use Planner to finalize the remaining LUPs and to present to Cabinet for approval
[Added: 2013/07/09] [Last Updated: 2013/12/19]
Ministry of LUH, Department of Environment, UNDP, Programme Coordination Unit 2013/09 Completed LUP presented to Cabinet of Ministers
4. Recommendation: Although the project is now closed, there remains disagreement among those interviewed in the TE as to who is / was the counterpart for the Land Use Planning Consultant who worked to develop district land use plans continuously (funded by this GEF SLM project and also the on-going BD project) since November 2009. This is surprising, as it seems sin qua non that local staff should have been trained to continue the land use mapping / planning role ? which used some 10% of the project funds. It is important that this is not repeated in future projects in Seychelles ? or beyond
Management Response: [Added: 2013/06/05]

Comment noted. It is not entirely correct as the LUP worked closely with local counterpart and upon his departure the GIS Unit at MLUH will be capable of continuing the work to maintain and update the existing LUPs as well as to develop new ones as required.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The extended contract of the LUP will allow for the completion of the remaining Land Use Plans for all districts of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Proper handing over to the counterpart will be undertaken before the end of the contract of the LUP.
[Added: 2013/07/09]
UNDP, Min of Land Use and Habitat, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Programme Coordinating Unit 2013/04 Completed Contract extended and remaining LUPs completed June 2013
5. Recommendation: Reports produced by the project (see Annex 5) should either be up-loaded to the PCU website as they stand and their availability there publicised ? or summaries should be prepared. Furthermore, clear links should then be made between the PCU website and GoS sites to widen awareness of SLM
Management Response: [Added: 2013/06/05]

We agree with the recommendation and will ensure PCU uploads the all existing documents under this as well as other GEF Projects once the review of the PCU website is finalized

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Communications Officer of the PCU band the new CTA will ensure all documents related to the SLM are uploaded to the UNDP and PCU website and appropriate links created.
[Added: 2013/07/09] [Last Updated: 2013/12/19]
Programme Coordinating Unit/UNDP, Communications Officer 2013/12 Completed Uploading on PCU website is an ongoing process. all SLM documents already uploaded
6. Recommendation: It would be advisable for future GEF funded and other projects in Seychelles and other small / remote countries to carefully consider the expertise available among national consultants during the design phase, to ensure they do not require expertise which is unlikely to be available during project implementation ? or to ensure that there are clear arrangements to enable for example civil servants to undertake such work in parallel to their existing work
Management Response: [Added: 2013/06/05]

We agree with the comment and will ensure this is observed during preparation of future GEF projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
use of local consultants will remain a challenge in a Seychelles due to ,limited human resource capacity and expertise in the various field required under GEF projects
[Added: 2013/07/09] [Last Updated: 2014/01/14]
Ministry of Environment and UNDP No due date No deadline established The comment is taken on board and for all GEF projects careful consideration is given to what can be carried locally and what requires outside expertise due to the narrow human resource base. Projects will remain vigilant, however, concerning the existing responsibilities of often over-loaded Government civil servants and engage these staff in additional project work only where it is essential to the implementation of projects.
7. Recommendation: Revisions of the LogFrame during project implementation (Feb. 2010 & July 2012) show that the list of assumptions and risks have been reduced ? which is surprising, as by that stage in project implementation issues of human resources and wider economic issues were affecting project implementation. The various versions of the LogFrame also failed to mention externalities (i.e. national and global economic / political issues, the effects of climate change etc.) which in the event particularly affected the project. LogFrames can be very useful tools in project management, but to be effective, must be kept up-to-date.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/06/05]

Recommendation noted and will be applied to future projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Updating of Logframes will be done as required and reviewed at Project Steering Committee.
[Added: 2013/07/09]
Programme Coordination Unit/. UNDP/Ministry of Environment 2013/06 Completed The comment is noted and shared with the PCU.

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