Establishment of incentives for the conservation of ecosystem services of global significance

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2015, Argentina
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
02/2014
Completion Date:
12/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Establishment of incentives for the conservation of ecosystem services of global significance
Atlas Project Number: 00058990
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015, Argentina
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2014
Planned End Date: 02/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.4. Scaled up action on climate change adaptation and mitigation across sectors which is funded and implemented
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
PIMS Number: 3920
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: ARGENTINA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Revise Project indicators
2 Hire additional Project management assistants
3 Extend the project finish date
4 Increase efforts to promote political process in the provinces related to PES (laws and regulations)
5 Maximize available resources from strategic partners
6 Improve Project ?branding? or identity and Carry out cross-learning activities amongst the Pilot Sites
7 Increase efforts to steer public funds, allocated under the Native Forests and Soil Conservation laws, towards qualifying Project participants
8 Increase dissemination of results and PR activities and Increase the level and frequency of project communications
9 Incorporate Stakeholders at a Substantive Level
10 Improve the Dissemination of Project Activities and Project Planning for all Pilot Sites and Project Management
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Increase the level and frequency of project communications

12 Document the ?Project Process?
13 Support the Watershed Committee from Arroyo Ramón, Misiones
1. Recommendation: Revise Project indicators
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

A workshop will be held in March 2015 to revise, to adjust and to clarify project indicators. Participants of the workshop will be Ministry of Environment, INTA, project staff, UNDP and UNEP.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: Hire additional Project management assistants
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

Additional staff is being hired stating in February 2015. They include a team of 2 people to support project management (on aspect related to monitoring and evaluation aspects) as well as additional field personnel in all pilot sites to carry out planned activities.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: Extend the project finish date
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

A request to extend the project to December 31, 2015 has already been filed by the PND

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: Increase efforts to promote political process in the provinces related to PES (laws and regulations)
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

Workshops to present Project´s results and advances will be held in each pilot site in early 2015 with the aim to raise awareness on PES among policy makers. Additionally, the Project is working with the technical and political focal points in all pilot sites to lobby local authorities (both decision makers and law makers) to promote ES and PES. To do this, a series of workshops, meetings and field activities are being planned for early 2015 in all pilot sites.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: Maximize available resources from strategic partners
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

The Project considers both the Cooperative CELO in Oberá and the Government of Entre Ríos as strategic partners and works very closely to them. The PES schemes being developed in both pilot sites are based on the infrastructure provided by those strategic partners. In the case of the CELO, talks have been maintained to use its infrastructure to establish the payment fund (i.e., for collecting and disbursing the payments). On the same token, the Project is devising jointly with the government of Entre Rios the PES scheme and using its existing structure to optimize resources.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: Improve Project ?branding? or identity and Carry out cross-learning activities amongst the Pilot Sites
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

Although shared activities have been carried out in which team member participate from all pilot sites (such as, developing a common methodology for C and BD monitoring, among others), efforts will be made to share Project experiences among team members from different pilot sites through workshops to discuss results and lessons. However, the distinctive nature of each PES scheme sometimes precludes to have the same approaches for the entire Project, situation that make give a false impression of lack of project identity.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: Increase efforts to steer public funds, allocated under the Native Forests and Soil Conservation laws, towards qualifying Project participants
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

The project has already helped participating producers to develop and present management plans to be eligible to receive compensation in 2015 under the Native Forest Law in Chaco (27 plans have been presented) and Formosa (21 plans are being presented). On the same token, the project is helping producer in Entre Ríos to develop management plans to be eligible for compensation in 2015 under the Soil Conservation Law (32 plans are being developed).

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: Increase dissemination of results and PR activities and Increase the level and frequency of project communications
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

A communication strategy is being devised to extend communication actions already in place to a wider audience. The strategy will include radio and TV programs, videos in Youtube, Facebook as well as printed materials. The communication strategy will be coordinated from the Communication Division of the SAyDS.

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation: Incorporate Stakeholders at a Substantive Level
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

In all pilot sites, a technical focal point from the local governments participates in the planning and execution of Project activities in the field. Additionally, in all pilot sites Local Committees (LC) composed by local stakeholders have been established. Although LCs maintain regular meetings (in which the Project informs plans and actions), the frequency of meetings will be increased.

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation: Improve the Dissemination of Project Activities and Project Planning for all Pilot Sites and Project Management
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

The Project maintains two planning events to develop and adjust AWP each year: one in February-March, the other in November-December. In those meeting participates the Project Coordinator and the Technical Assistant (TA) from each pilot sites. More detailed planning of activities at each pilot site is under the responsibility of each Technical Assistant, who held planning meetings quarterly involving the technical focal point form the local government. Instructions will be given to the TA to include more team members in the local planning process.

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Increase the level and frequency of project communications

Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13] [Last Updated: 2018/10/09]

The level and frequency of project communications was increased during the project implementation.

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation: Document the ?Project Process?
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

A ?Dairy? will be kept to record lessons (i.e., technical, political) related to the process of PES development in each pilot site

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation: Support the Watershed Committee from Arroyo Ramón, Misiones
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/13]

All Project work in the Misiones Pilot site is coordinated with this strategic partner since they are a key actor to the success of the PES initiative in that pilot site. The Project is working with the WC to include in the land use planning of the Arroyo Ramón Watershed the protection of native forest such that funds form the Native Forest Protection Law could also be allocated.

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