Terminal Evaluation of the project ?Establishing integrated models for protected areas and their co-management in Afghanistan"

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2020, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2019
Completion Date:
10/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of the project ?Establishing integrated models for protected areas and their co-management in Afghanistan"
Atlas Project Number: 00076820
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2020, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2019
Planned End Date: 06/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: Project resources/ GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 40,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Nickolai Denisov Team Leader
Fatima Akbari National Team Member AFGHANISTAN
Surat Toimastov International Biodiversity Expert
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Establishing integrated models for protected areas and their co-management in Afghanistan
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4839
PIMS Number: 5038
Key Stakeholders: National environmental Protection Agency
Countries: AFGHANISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNDP to communicate advice to national and local stakeholders to conduct the following recommendations.

2

UNDP to communicate advice to national and local stakeholders and WCS to facilitate action within the limits of available resources within continuing projects in target regions

3

UNDP to communicate advice to national and local stakeholders and UNDP and WCS to facilitate action within the limits of available resources within continuing projects in target regions

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

UNDP to communicate advice to national and local stakeholders to conduct the following recommendations.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/30]

UNDP acknowledges the need to finalize below recommendations. However, UNDP doesn’t control any implementation of following recommendations. UNDP will, however, communicate to the responsible parties for implementation of below recommendations

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. UNDP will communicate this regularly to the government (MAIL) for implementation and to adopt pending legislation and protected areas management plans.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP in partnership with WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
1.2. UNDP will communicate this regularly to the government (MAIL) for declaring the Bamyan Plateau as a protected area.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP in partnership with WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. The Bamyan Plateau has been declared as protected area already History
1.3. UNDP will communicate this regularly to the government (MAIL) for fully implementing outstanding WCS recommendations for BANP management after 2018
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP in partnership with WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate this regularly to the government (MAIL) for addressing status of women rangers and female business opportunities in BANP
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP in partnership with WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP to communicate advice to national and local stakeholders and WCS to facilitate action within the limits of available resources within continuing projects in target regions

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/30]

UNDP agrees with the recommendations. WCS can only contribute to the implementation of the recommendation in areas that they have funding. The government will be working on implementing the recommendations in all areas where possible. UNDP will regularly communicate the recommendations to government and stakeholders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIL) to continue minimal monitoring of the sustainability of the project’s community interventions and follow-up on the ground in EIMPA target regions
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIL) to establish a functional PAC in Wakhan National Park.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIL) to revisit procedures and practices at PACs and improve the quality of community participation.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will advsie the government to further, improve gender balance at PACs.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIIL) to extend systematic environmental training to teachers and younger-grades’ students.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will advsie the MAIL on the extension of the ‘junior ranger’ programme from Wakhan to Bamyan.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will advise MAIL to focus on the awareness of environmental costs vs. benefits among local communities.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
3. Recommendation:

UNDP to communicate advice to national and local stakeholders and UNDP and WCS to facilitate action within the limits of available resources within continuing projects in target regions

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/30]

UNDP agrees with the recommendations. WCS can only contribute to the implementation of the recommendation in areas that they have funding. The government will be working on implementing the recommendations in all areas where possible. UNDP will regularly communicate the recommendations to government and stakeholders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will communicate with the government to Fund-raise for follow-up implementation in BANP and for the establishment and management of the new protected area in the Bamyan Plateau. UNDP and WCS can only follow in Wakhan as part of existing funding. WCS could support out of existing funds some landscape management in part of the new protected area in the Bamyan Plateau (pending 1.2)
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIL) to professionalise MAIL ranger system (put rangers and professional ranger supervisors on the tashkil) and consider continued international support to it
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIL) to strengthen engagement with police for nature conservation.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP and WCS 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIL) to ensure financial transparency and compliance of community councils and their leadership.
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History
UNDP will communicate with the government (MAIL) to ensure full archiving of EIMPA project documentation with NEPA as GEF FP in Afghanistan
[Added: 2019/10/30] [Last Updated: 2020/04/01]
UNDP 2020/03 Completed This was a communication recommendation which UNDP and WCS continues to do regularly. History

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