Strengthening Governance and Financial Sustainability of the National Protected Area System

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2017, Ukraine
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2013
Completion Date:
10/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
8,324

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Title Strengthening Governance and Financial Sustainability of the National Protected Area System
Atlas Project Number: 00048804
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2017, Ukraine
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2012
Planned End Date: 01/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
Corporate Outcomes (UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-20013)
  • 1. 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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 8,324
Source of Funding: UNDP
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: Yes
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: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number: 1275
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: UKRAINE
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 The stakeholders and government of Ukraine should urgently work to adopt a national financial strategy for the protected area system, using the strategy produced under the project as the major basis for a document that could be adopted by the government, with any necessary updates and revisions to ensure full conformity with necessary government approval procedures and legal requirements.
2 Apply whatever means necessary and possible to ensure the financial sustainability of the national protected areas association, upon which the sustainability of project results heavily depends.
3 There is still a significant opportunity to support establishment of additional protected areas. The government has laid out the PA expansion plan, but the oblast departments don?t have the capacity to implement it. There is a need to seize the moment ? this is potentially being supported by GIZ to some extent, but could likely use additional support. Ex: Rivne oblast department is tasked with reaching 15% coverage by 2015, but they only have 11%, and only 3 years to go.
4 There should be further replication of the business planning process demonstrated in the two project pilot areas. This should be done through a multi-pronged approach, with continued support from the PA Association and the MoENR. The business planning approach was originally supported by the State Service on PAs through training and seminars, but this needs to be an ongoing process, including dissemination and training with the tools (templates, guidelines, examples) required. In addition, PA business planning needs to be integrated with the PA management planning process through the relevant legislation.
5 There needs to be an institutionalization of the training program supported under the project. The previous training modules, and the modules to be developed based on the TNA feedback should be institutionalized through the Kaniv training center, if not other programs (e.g. government public servant professional development program).
6 There should be further institutionalization of the METT, including the management of the METT database. Ideally this would be through the government, but lacking government capacity to take responsibility for it, it could also potentially be through the PA Association. It will also be necessary to continue developing capacity to further implement the METT in the PA system.
7 The project should produce an approximately one page lessons note in both Ukrainian and English on the experience of working with the tourism company to develop eco-tour concepts for further implementation. This was an excellent and innovative approach that could be replicated in many other contexts in Ukraine and other countries.
1. Recommendation: The stakeholders and government of Ukraine should urgently work to adopt a national financial strategy for the protected area system, using the strategy produced under the project as the major basis for a document that could be adopted by the government, with any necessary updates and revisions to ensure full conformity with necessary government approval procedures and legal requirements.
Management Response:

The project completed its work on development and endorsement of the document. Several national leading NGOs, including Association of protected areas of Ukraine, agreed to take a leadership to promote the approval the financial strategy. Relevant letters to be sent to the Prime-Minister of Ukraine to address these issues and pay attention to the necessity of its approval.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Leading national NOGs to send the letters to the senior management of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine NGOs 2013/12 Completed
2. Recommendation: Apply whatever means necessary and possible to ensure the financial sustainability of the national protected areas association, upon which the sustainability of project results heavily depends.
Management Response:

Provide support and advice to the Association on participation in relevant international projects, particular in GEF SGP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide support and advice on drafting the proposals to the donor organizations. UNDP, MoENR No due date No deadline established
3. Recommendation: There is still a significant opportunity to support establishment of additional protected areas. The government has laid out the PA expansion plan, but the oblast departments don?t have the capacity to implement it. There is a need to seize the moment ? this is potentially being supported by GIZ to some extent, but could likely use additional support. Ex: Rivne oblast department is tasked with reaching 15% coverage by 2015, but they only have 11%, and only 3 years to go.
Management Response:

To further negotiate with donors the cooperation with regard to the development of new project proposals to support the process of protected areas? establishment and their capacity building.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To finalize the project proposal, aiming at establishing of new protected area (Regional Landscape Park) in Nizhyn rayon of Chernigov oblast UNDP No due date No deadline established
4. Recommendation: There should be further replication of the business planning process demonstrated in the two project pilot areas. This should be done through a multi-pronged approach, with continued support from the PA Association and the MoENR. The business planning approach was originally supported by the State Service on PAs through training and seminars, but this needs to be an ongoing process, including dissemination and training with the tools (templates, guidelines, examples) required. In addition, PA business planning needs to be integrated with the PA management planning process through the relevant legislation.
Management Response:

The Association of protected areas of Ukraine is taking the lead on dissemination of the business planning approach through its local branches.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Disseminate the business planning approach through the local branches of the Association of protected areas of Ukraine Association of protected areas of Ukraine; MoENR No due date No deadline established
5. Recommendation: There needs to be an institutionalization of the training program supported under the project. The previous training modules, and the modules to be developed based on the TNA feedback should be institutionalized through the Kaniv training center, if not other programs (e.g. government public servant professional development program).
Management Response:

The Association of protected areas of Ukraine agreed to take the lead on promoting the trainings on protected areas management. The modules will be adjusted on regular basis, based on the changes in legislation and policy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Adjust the modules to the current situation. Conduct several trainings within the new project(s), patricular on establishment of the regional landscape park in Nizhyn rayon of Chernigov oblast (upon its approval) Association of protected areas; MoENR 2016/12 Completed
6. Recommendation: There should be further institutionalization of the METT, including the management of the METT database. Ideally this would be through the government, but lacking government capacity to take responsibility for it, it could also potentially be through the PA Association. It will also be necessary to continue developing capacity to further implement the METT in the PA system.
Management Response:

Association of protected areas of Ukraine will promote the METT system through its local branches, as well as at the trainings on protected areas management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Disseminate the METT approach through the local branches of the Association of protected areas of Ukraine, as well as at the trainings on protected areas management Association of protected areas of Ukraine No due date No deadline established
7. Recommendation: The project should produce an approximately one page lessons note in both Ukrainian and English on the experience of working with the tourism company to develop eco-tour concepts for further implementation. This was an excellent and innovative approach that could be replicated in many other contexts in Ukraine and other countries.
Management Response:

The information will be disseminated through the Association of protected areas of Ukraine.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To share the experience with protected areas on working with the tourist company on developing the eco-tours concepts, particular through the Association of protected areas of Ukraine. Association of protected areas of Ukraine 2014/11 Completed

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