Mid term evaluation - Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management (Madhya Pradesh)

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
10/2013
Completion Date:
04/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Mid term evaluation - Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management (Madhya Pradesh)
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2014
Planned End Date: 10/2013
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
  • 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 $): 20,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Eugenia Katsigris Ms.
Pradeep Khanna Mr. INDIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number:
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: INDIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Refinement of targeted physical area for measurable ecological impact
2 Communication of results: project put strong emphasis going forward on communicating project results achieved in field
3 Indicators and monitoring: MTR recommends that project move beyond simple mention of hectares achieved to indicators that reflect real impact. Ecological indicators, such as soil moisture content, simple biodiversity index, forest density index, etc. may be considered
4 Plans for harvesting, marketing, and profit distribution
1. Recommendation: Refinement of targeted physical area for measurable ecological impact
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/30]

The milli-watershed unit is identified/selected only for the cluster intensification/selection of probable sites by MPForest Department for identification and implementation of the project. The ecological impacts achieved under the project can nonetheless be measured in the project sites and may be compared with the rest of the non-project areas within the watershed unit(s) to bring a comparative assessment towards project deliverables

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The ecological impacts achieved under the project can be measured in the project sites and compared with the rest of the non-project areas within the watershed unit(s) to bring a comparative assessment towards project deliverables.
[Added: 2015/12/30]
PMU and MP Forest Department 2015/12 Completed
2. Recommendation: Communication of results: project put strong emphasis going forward on communicating project results achieved in field
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/30]

PMU and UNDP are in the process of completing exercises initiated to capture the project success stories as case studies for communication material preparation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The action plan for 2014 initiated the selection of individuals/agencies as experts to bring in ICT material, publications etc. for project based dissemination of learnings
[Added: 2015/12/30]
PMU and UNDP 2015/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: Indicators and monitoring: MTR recommends that project move beyond simple mention of hectares achieved to indicators that reflect real impact. Ecological indicators, such as soil moisture content, simple biodiversity index, forest density index, etc. may be considered
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/30]

The PMU has already completed preparing the web based Forest management System to put online the complete project portfolio including the stakeholder involvement. PMU will further procure the satellite data for interpreting visually factual progress/achievements/impacts of the project inputs towards addressing land degradation. Incorporated in Baseline data and the Forest Divisions also have done some front end remunerations for their respective project sites. PMU will further take up the issue of capturing the baseline data as provided earlier to the ICFRE SLEM TFO for compilation and further documenting the change over the baseline by the project end period

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will seek expertise from competent government/semi-government agencies for the assessment of biodiversity/socio-economic changes in the project areas
[Added: 2015/12/30] [Last Updated: 2017/06/15]
UNDP and PMU 2016/01 Completed assessment of biodiversity/socio-economic changes in the project areas have been undertaken by expert agencies History
4. Recommendation: Plans for harvesting, marketing, and profit distribution
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/30]

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department will hold discussions with its various wings dealing with the production/harvesting of bamboo and its benefit sharing mechanism. MPFD may ensure an internal arrangement of ensuring the Bamboo model of the project for its sustenance as a community based initiative. Regarding the harvesting cycle of bamboo, MPFD will frame its directives once discussions with regional and state level forest officials is completed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MPFD to hold discussions with related divisions on harvest and benefit sharing of bamboo
[Added: 2015/12/30]
UNDP 2015/12 Completed

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