Terminal Evaluation: Implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in Bhutan

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2018, Bhutan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
02/2019
Completion Date:
04/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation: Implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in Bhutan
Atlas Project Number: 75692
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2018, Bhutan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2019
Planned End Date: 02/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
  • 2. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
  • 3. Output 1.2.1 Capacities at national and sub-national levels strengthened to promote inclusive local economic development and deliver basic services including HIV and related services
  • 4. Output 2.1.2 Capacities developed for progressive expansion of inclusive social protection systems
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 7,877
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Nidup Pejor Consultant ceo@bpv.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in Bhutan
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 00080806
PIMS Number: 5239
Key Stakeholders: National Biodiversity Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Countries: BHUTAN
Comments:

Planned End date has been moved to end of February 2019 as the final report completion and management response is likely to take longer than expected.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

It is recommended to commission an economic analysis of the commercial aspects of the project outputs to provide costs involved, pricing, sales and profitability of the commercial products and shed light in the appropriateness of the benefit sharing proportions defined in the pilot ABS agreements and how soon or late actual benefits would practically arise.

2

It is recommended to carry out documentation of lessons learnt in the upscaling implementation process to advice on upscaling.

3

It is recommended that the communication and awareness materials as well as the report on experiences of pilot ABS may be made available online through the website of NBC to continue the good effort that the project has made in creating awareness and to promote bioprospecting.

4

It is recommended to pursue the consideration of the Biodiversity Bill by the Parliament at the earliest. However, due to the change in the Parliament, it is suggested that awareness and sensitization of Parliamentarians on ABS and on the bill be conducted prior to submitting the bill to the parliament. This recommendation is made to ensure understanding of the bill in the right context before it is passed or is subjected to further delays. Hence, it may not be submitted to the first session of the 3rd Parliament.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

It is recommended to commission an economic analysis of the commercial aspects of the project outputs to provide costs involved, pricing, sales and profitability of the commercial products and shed light in the appropriateness of the benefit sharing proportions defined in the pilot ABS agreements and how soon or late actual benefits would practically arise.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/01]

The final Project Board Meeting, which was held on 21 December 2018 discussed in length and agreed with the recommendation on conducting an economic analysis of the commercial aspects of the project in future, which should include costs of production, pricing, sales and profitability and benefit sharing proportions (for ABS related project).  The PSC members also recommended considering 4Ps in the marketing of the products (production, price, place and promotion) in order to sustain the products in the market

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As an immediate measure, the project implementing partners, led by the NBC will develop an exit and back up strategy and explore the possibility of using ‘BRAND BHUTAN’ and ‘Royal Seal’ to secure better marketing of the products.
[Added: 2019/04/01]
IPs led by NBC 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

It is recommended to carry out documentation of lessons learnt in the upscaling implementation process to advice on upscaling.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/01]

UNDP has been documenting the lesson learnt of the projects through monitoring and evaluation, and success stories. In fact, all projects will have a component on M&E going forward to capture the lesson learnt and knowledge sharing.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop M&E plan, which includes the documentation of lessons learnt for the projects
[Added: 2019/04/01]
UNDP 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated
3. Recommendation:

It is recommended that the communication and awareness materials as well as the report on experiences of pilot ABS may be made available online through the website of NBC to continue the good effort that the project has made in creating awareness and to promote bioprospecting.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/01]

As recommended, UNDP and NBC will upload all the communication and awareness materials and the advocacy video on their websites to reach out to larger audience.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Upload all the communication and awareness materials and the advocacy video on UNDP and NBC’s websites
[Added: 2019/04/01]
UNDP & National Biodiversity Centre 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated
4. Recommendation:

It is recommended to pursue the consideration of the Biodiversity Bill by the Parliament at the earliest. However, due to the change in the Parliament, it is suggested that awareness and sensitization of Parliamentarians on ABS and on the bill be conducted prior to submitting the bill to the parliament. This recommendation is made to ensure understanding of the bill in the right context before it is passed or is subjected to further delays. Hence, it may not be submitted to the first session of the 3rd Parliament.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/01]

As recommended, NBC will explore the possibility of conducting an awareness and sensitization meeting/workshop for the Parliamentarians on ABS and Biodiversity Bill prior to submitting the bill to the parliament, which will ensure understanding of the Bill in the right context before it is passed or is subjected to further delays.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct awareness and sensitization of Parliamentarians on ABS and Biodiversity Bill
[Added: 2019/04/01]
National Biodiversity Centre 2020/08 Initiated

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