Mid term evaluation - Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity- Godavari-A.P

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
10/2014
Completion Date:
05/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Mid term evaluation - Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity- Godavari-A.P
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2015
Planned End Date: 10/2014
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 $): 20,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Jose Antonio CABO BUJAN Mr
Srinivas Vatturi Mr INDIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the Godavari River Estuary in Andhra Pradesh State
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID: 3936
PIMS Number: 4257
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: INDIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 The project needs extension for another one to one and half year (to end of 2017)
2 The project will incorporate regular onset of tropical storms into the annual work plans as that major disruptions in communications and travel could be compensated
3 The project will help in the creation of technical body subordinated to the Governing board with district and/or mid-level officials to combine representation and more flexibility and agility to respond to management issues. The project creates a technical body subordinated to the board with district and/or mid-level officials to combine representation and more flexibility and agility to respond to management issues.
4 The project will exclude private sector in the Governing Board of EGREE Foundation, as it may dilute the objective of the project. Also such an expansion would necessarily involve significantly higher transaction and negotiation costs that could defeat the purpose of creating a wider consensus with effects on the ground. The project will also expand EGREE foundation?s board membership (out of governing board) by including more local government, elected officials and private sector representatives.
5 Since the actual co-funding from government sources is lagging behind committed amount and succeeded in mobilizing a significant amount of additional funding from other sources, the project will now re-allocate the co-financing sources.
6 The project will revise the indicators 1) instead of overall impact of the project on 80,000 sqkm of EGREE region, Geographical extent and durability of impacts on biodiversity will be as per each sectors; 2) Instead of assessment of population of Fishing cat, otters and turtles, over all enhanced Red List?? species is considered; 3) Indicators like Capacity development scores under various result frameworks were removed as the result are measurable only after end of project and few irrelevant were taken out; and 4) Levels of effluents and pesticides in estuary has been changed to ?decline of pollution in estuarine waters?.
7 The project will hire an additional expert to act as facilitator to engage all sectors, particularly private sector, including industries, fisheries and aquaculture, with due consideration to the increased personnel costs and duration of the recruitment process.
8 The project will prioritize development and consolidation of the landscape strategic plan as the rallying point to forge a common understanding and vision of the importance of biodiversity, based on a sound economic case, and aligned with stakeholder?s interest to enable common targets
9 The project do not require commissioning of further sector plans but rather use the existing information to support the development of the landscape plan
10 The project through the EGREE Foundation will initiate and facilitate a process of dialogue with community leaders and line departments in the context of strengthening the village level institutions, set-up mechanisms for self-regulation. Community VLI leaders are to leverage the traditional system of governance among fishing communities, initiate a process of consensus, and commit to a time bound agreement, with action plan to shift to biodiversity friendly practices and alternative livelihoods
11 The project will make a financial strategy for operations of EGREE from a variety of sources, including government, private and international donor funds. Supervision and control of the inputs and expenses of the fund would be performing by an annual independent audit subjected to the approval of the governing body of the EGREE Foundation
1. Recommendation: The project needs extension for another one to one and half year (to end of 2017)
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

The NPSC has approved the recommendation of MTR. However, approval of UNDP-GEF RTA has to be initiated by UNDP CO. Since the said project is GEF 4 Cycle. One and half year recommendation may be accepted as prescribed by GEF.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
extension for another one to one and half year
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
National Project Management Unit (NPMU) 2015/09 Completed Project extended till Dec 2017 History
2. Recommendation: The project will incorporate regular onset of tropical storms into the annual work plans as that major disruptions in communications and travel could be compensated
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

NPSC agreed to incorporate accordingly in the AWP. No further action is required at UNDP level. . However, UNDP will follow up the progress.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
will incorporate regular onset of tropical storms into the annual work plans
[Added: 2015/11/24]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: The project will help in the creation of technical body subordinated to the Governing board with district and/or mid-level officials to combine representation and more flexibility and agility to respond to management issues. The project creates a technical body subordinated to the board with district and/or mid-level officials to combine representation and more flexibility and agility to respond to management issues.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has already prepared a draft proposal for constitution of District Level Committee, which is awaited for internal approvals. Also once the district level committee board is formed, the sub ordinate technical body would also be created. No further action is required at UNDP level. However, UNDP will follow up the progress

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
technical body subordinated to the Governing board
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
Government of AP 2015/09 Completed Executive Committee has been constituted History
4. Recommendation: The project will exclude private sector in the Governing Board of EGREE Foundation, as it may dilute the objective of the project. Also such an expansion would necessarily involve significantly higher transaction and negotiation costs that could defeat the purpose of creating a wider consensus with effects on the ground. The project will also expand EGREE foundation?s board membership (out of governing board) by including more local government, elected officials and private sector representatives.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

Government of Andhra Pradesh has agreed to revisit the rules and byelaws of EGREE Foundation and agreed to expand foundation membership to give weightage to local community and elected officials. No further action is required at UNDP. . However, UNDP will follow up the progress.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
exclude private sector in the Governing Board of EGREE Foundation
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed Private sector has not been incorporated in the Governing Board History
5. Recommendation: Since the actual co-funding from government sources is lagging behind committed amount and succeeded in mobilizing a significant amount of additional funding from other sources, the project will now re-allocate the co-financing sources.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

The reallocation of source of co-financing has been approved by NPSC and the same will be modified accordingly especially from private sectors and federal Ministries. No further action is required at UNDP. However, the GoI/UNDP will together rework the co-financing sources

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
the project will now re-allocate the co-financing sources
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed History
6. Recommendation: The project will revise the indicators 1) instead of overall impact of the project on 80,000 sqkm of EGREE region, Geographical extent and durability of impacts on biodiversity will be as per each sectors; 2) Instead of assessment of population of Fishing cat, otters and turtles, over all enhanced Red List?? species is considered; 3) Indicators like Capacity development scores under various result frameworks were removed as the result are measurable only after end of project and few irrelevant were taken out; and 4) Levels of effluents and pesticides in estuary has been changed to ?decline of pollution in estuarine waters?.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

All the recommended revisions of indicators are acceptable as they are realistic. The NPSC has approved the changes. No further action is required by UNDP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise Indicators
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed Done and Approved in the last PSC in 2015 History
7. Recommendation: The project will hire an additional expert to act as facilitator to engage all sectors, particularly private sector, including industries, fisheries and aquaculture, with due consideration to the increased personnel costs and duration of the recruitment process.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has agreed to liaise with Confederation of Industries, India (CII) for engaging all the productions sectors in the mainstreaming coastal and marine biodiversity. Very soon steps towards an MoU is on record. No further action is required by UNDP. . However, UNDP will follow up the progress

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire an additional expert
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2018/07/17]
NPMU 2018/06 Completed Hiring Under Process History
8. Recommendation: The project will prioritize development and consolidation of the landscape strategic plan as the rallying point to forge a common understanding and vision of the importance of biodiversity, based on a sound economic case, and aligned with stakeholder?s interest to enable common targets
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

A Consultant has been hired by UNDP in this regard. The study would be completed during 1st Quarter of 2016. No further action is required by UNDP. . However, UNDP will follow up the progress

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
prioritize development and consolidation of the landscape strategic plan
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed Four sectors namely Fisheries, Tourism, Oil and Gas and Aquaculture History
9. Recommendation: The project do not require commissioning of further sector plans but rather use the existing information to support the development of the landscape plan
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

No further studies are commissioned at this stage and port and shipping, salt pan and fertilizer plans were being taken up with respective government departments and EGREE Foundation. No further action is required by UNDP. However, UNDP will follow up the progress.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No further commissioning of further sector plans
[Added: 2015/11/24]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed
10. Recommendation: The project through the EGREE Foundation will initiate and facilitate a process of dialogue with community leaders and line departments in the context of strengthening the village level institutions, set-up mechanisms for self-regulation. Community VLI leaders are to leverage the traditional system of governance among fishing communities, initiate a process of consensus, and commit to a time bound agreement, with action plan to shift to biodiversity friendly practices and alternative livelihoods
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

EGREE Foundation has already initiated the process for formation of Biodiversity Management Committees in the region and very soon the fisherman will be supported with enhanced and alternative livelihoods action plans with biodiversity friendly practices. UNDP will follow up the process

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
facilitate a process of dialogue with community leaders and line departments
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed The project is implementing fisheries biodiversity friendly sectoral plan History
11. Recommendation: The project will make a financial strategy for operations of EGREE from a variety of sources, including government, private and international donor funds. Supervision and control of the inputs and expenses of the fund would be performing by an annual independent audit subjected to the approval of the governing body of the EGREE Foundation
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/24]

The sustainable plan is being adopted for facilitating operation of the EGREE Foundation as well as implementation of various plans with the approval of Governing Board. The EGREE Foundation also needs co-financing for implementing of various sectoral plans and landscape plans having an estimated budget of 20 million USD before closure of the project. Also Governing Board will designate an independent auditor after the completion of the project. UNDP will facilitate implementation of this recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
financial strategy for operations of EGREE from a variety of sources
[Added: 2015/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/08/23]
NPMU 2015/12 Completed Funds from EGREE are flowing from Industries by supporting in the preparation of mitigation plans. GFR rules are applicable to all UNDP project and also for EGREE Foundation from 2017. History

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