Terminal Evaluation of the National Grasslands Biodiversity Programme project

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2020, South Africa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
08/2014
Completion Date:
08/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,877
A key lessons is the power of maps of biodiversity priority areas, including water (and perhaps, later, poverty) in leveraging genuine change, and in supporting planning processes at many levels. As noted elsewhere, GEF investment in similar mapping in other counties could well represent an important investment, with the caveat that South Africa?s biodiversity maps are the result of many dedicated people working together over many years

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Title Terminal Evaluation of the National Grasslands Biodiversity Programme project
Atlas Project Number: 00053253
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2020, South Africa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2014
Planned End Date: 08/2014
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 $): 30,877
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UNDP & Department of Environmental Affairs
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Brian Child Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number: 2929
Key Stakeholders: SANBI,Gauteng Province and municipalities, DEA, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, MTPA
Countries: SOUTH AFRICA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 There is a need for additional scope to make more learning opportunities for the Grasslands Team by linking it to scholarship
2 Inadequate opportunities for biodiversity enhancement on private land due the complexities associated with part of this project be targeted at communal land
3 Lack of simplicity with regard to the structure of Pro-Docs, PIRs and other project administration paperwork to serve the single objective of project planning, performance accountability and learning
4 Inadequate designing and using mainstreaming projects as learning tools.
1. Recommendation: There is a need for additional scope to make more learning opportunities for the Grasslands Team by linking it to scholarship
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/19] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

Make additional resources to enable the Grassland Team to meet once or twice with a few selected scholars, with the product of this being five to ten peer reviewed articles or perhaps a book on the project published by a recognised academic publisher (e.g. Earthscan).

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: Inadequate opportunities for biodiversity enhancement on private land due the complexities associated with part of this project be targeted at communal land
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/19] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

Treat communal land as a main challenge for political and equity reasons, but not at the expense of the low hanging fruit of conservation on private land

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: Lack of simplicity with regard to the structure of Pro-Docs, PIRs and other project administration paperwork to serve the single objective of project planning, performance accountability and learning
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/19] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

Use the Logical Framework Approach as a tool for performance control, learning, stakeholder engagement, and accountability

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: Inadequate designing and using mainstreaming projects as learning tools.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/19] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

Develop learning circles between the people implementing GEF mainstreaming projects on the ground

Key Actions:

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