Implementing Sustainable Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Pacific Island Countries

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Fiji
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2014
Completion Date:
06/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
145,000

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Title Implementing Sustainable Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Pacific Island Countries
Atlas Project Number: 00051446
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Fiji
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2014
Planned End Date: 06/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.5. Legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions enabled to ensure the conservation, sustainable use, and access and benefit sharing of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems, in line with international conventions and national
Evaluation Budget(US $): 145,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: International Waters
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number: 3311
Key Stakeholders: Relevant Line Ministries for Water Resource Management in Cook Islands, Fiji,Marshall Islands, nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Niue,
Countries: FIJI
Comments: Project implemented by UNEP (2,297,797 MIL) and UNDP (6,727,891) funded through GEF; M & E Component came under UNEP;
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Recommendation or Issue 1. The UNEP and UNDP should prepare an Experience Note based to the extent possible on the IWRM Project model. The Note should include advice on adequate budgeting and support to ensure steering committees are effective.
2 Recommendation or Issue 2: To help ensure adequate resources are provided to underpin regional synthesis of multi-country activities and that these activities are tied to accountable milestones, the UNEP and UNDP should prepare an Experience Note for adoption by future projects of similar nature to the IWRM project.
3 Recommendation or Issue 3: The UNEP and UNDP should prepare an Experience Note for adoption by future projects of similar nature to the IWRM project to ensure that future project designs include a stage at which exit strategies are prepared for all relevant components of an initiative. Exit strategies should be incorporated into the Prodoc for short-term projects or built in as a planned step/milestone in Prodocs for longer-term projects.
4 Recommendation or Issue 4: The PCU of the new R2R initiative should write to National health bodies of participating PICs to discuss the opportunity for co-investing in relevant indicators monitoring and analysis (i.e. pathogens) at a relatively low cost by building on related monitoring activities to be established as part of R2R.
5 Recommendation or Issue 5: The UNDP should, through SOPAC, recommend to PICs participating in R2R to review the role of their APEX bodies to ensure their Terms of Reference include a functional role relating to the broader oversight and networking of water activity and not just R2R project oversight.
6 Recommendation or Issue 6: The UNDP should ask the R2R PCU to provide a regional level assessment of the needs and options for a programme to foster retention of the IWRM and project management competencies needed in the Pacific, particularly in the context of implementing the R2R initiative.
1. Recommendation: Recommendation or Issue 1. The UNEP and UNDP should prepare an Experience Note based to the extent possible on the IWRM Project model. The Note should include advice on adequate budgeting and support to ensure steering committees are effective.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/29]

Despite the complexities of the IWRM project, it has managed to achieve substantive results both regionally and nationally. Therefore, it is important that such experiences are documented and made available for the benefit of future regional projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.UNDP to compile and submit experience note contributions to UNEP
[Added: 2014/12/29] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP 2014/08 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Phase II of the project is implemented solely by UNDP, not in partnership with UNEP such as during the IWRM (Phase I).]
will submit on request from UNEP History
2. Recommendation: Recommendation or Issue 2: To help ensure adequate resources are provided to underpin regional synthesis of multi-country activities and that these activities are tied to accountable milestones, the UNEP and UNDP should prepare an Experience Note for adoption by future projects of similar nature to the IWRM project.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/29]

Supportive of recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to compile and submit experience note contributions to UNEP before finalization
[Added: 2014/12/29] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP 2014/08 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Follow on from management response.]
will submit upon request from UNEP History
3. Recommendation: Recommendation or Issue 3: The UNEP and UNDP should prepare an Experience Note for adoption by future projects of similar nature to the IWRM project to ensure that future project designs include a stage at which exit strategies are prepared for all relevant components of an initiative. Exit strategies should be incorporated into the Prodoc for short-term projects or built in as a planned step/milestone in Prodocs for longer-term projects.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/29]

Exit strategy is not only important for the sustainability of project but would also provide specific targets for the national and regional project coordination units to start working towards from earlier stages of project. Having said that, the experience note should document the specific social, cultural, environmental, technical and operational factors at national level, sub regional level (Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia) and regional level. These factors should be taken into account in the development/formulation national and regional ridge to reef projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to prepare contributions for experience note and share with UNEP before document is finalized.
[Added: 2014/12/29] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP 2014/08 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Same as the recommendations of the above management responses.]
upon request from UNEP History
4. Recommendation: Recommendation or Issue 4: The PCU of the new R2R initiative should write to National health bodies of participating PICs to discuss the opportunity for co-investing in relevant indicators monitoring and analysis (i.e. pathogens) at a relatively low cost by building on related monitoring activities to be established as part of R2R.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/29]

It is likely that there would be lapse of time between the completion/closure of the current IWRM project and approval of the regional R2R project. UNDP and UNEP are currently assisting countries formulate their national ridge to reef projects. It is suggested that during this formulation stage both agencies attempt to engage national health bodies in consultations and wherever possible, link water quality monitoring and evaluation. These could then be aligned to the regional R2R project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to include discussions on water quality monitoring and evaluation during project preparatory grant phases for national ridge to reef projects ( FSM, Fiji, Tonga,Nauru)
[Added: 2014/12/29] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP 2014/11 Completed Water Monitoring included in the Regional Ridge to Reef Project History
5. Recommendation: Recommendation or Issue 5: The UNDP should, through SOPAC, recommend to PICs participating in R2R to review the role of their APEX bodies to ensure their Terms of Reference include a functional role relating to the broader oversight and networking of water activity and not just R2R project oversight.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/29]

In support of recommendation. In addition, when supporting countries formulate their national ridge to reef projects, UNDP should build linkages at the national level i.e.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to support linkages at national level when assisting countries formulate their national R2R projects
[Added: 2014/12/29] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP 2014/12 Completed The regional ridge to reef project has been approved and currently implemented and linkages between national ridge to reefs and regional ridge in reef projects is ongoing. History
6. Recommendation: Recommendation or Issue 6: The UNDP should ask the R2R PCU to provide a regional level assessment of the needs and options for a programme to foster retention of the IWRM and project management competencies needed in the Pacific, particularly in the context of implementing the R2R initiative.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/29]

Recommendation is critical to ensuring that knowledge, skills and capacity developed by national project coordination units (through the IWRM project life) is maintained in country and maximized during implementation of R2R. UNDP will make pursue recommendation. However, given the gap between completion of IWRM project and commencement of implementation of national R2R projects, it is likely that some national project coordination unit members have taken up other opportunities e.g. Tuvalu and Nauru national coordinators pursuing further studies in Australia and New Zealand while Fiji national coordinator has taken up a senior posting with Department of Agriculture. It is noted that this is one of the outputs of the regional project that supports the implementation of the Pacific R2R program.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to occasionally remind the PPG and implementation team/s engaged by SOPAC
[Added: 2014/12/29] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
SPC-SOPAC 2014/12 Completed Completed at least two countries but beyond UNDP and SPC's control. Therefore not applicable in other countries. History

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