Mid-term Evaluation Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in coastal and marine protected Areas (MPAs)

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Guatemala
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
02/2018
Completion Date:
08/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Mid-term Evaluation Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in coastal and marine protected Areas (MPAs)
Atlas Project Number: 00075856
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Guatemala
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2017
Planned End Date: 02/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. 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 $): 20,000
Source of Funding: UNDP/GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in coastal and marine protected areas (MPAs)
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4716
PIMS Number: 4639
Key Stakeholders: National Council on Protected Areas Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources
Countries: GUATEMALA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Project Steering Committee.

Two instruments need to be promoted from the political sphere, this is the “Negotiating Team for the declaration of the MPA” and the Maritime Affairs Council (now called the Platform for Environmental Governance of the Pacific CMZ of Guatemala), foreseen in the project. Therefore, the Steering Committee must activate and institutionalize the structure foreseen in the PRODOC on the creation of a negotiating team to minimize the risks of the project in relation to the declaration of MPA, which can be developed through the influence of CONAP and the MARN before the Congress of the Republic, with the purpose of obtaining the approval of the initiatives of Law of creation of the MPAs.

2

To join efforts to institutionalize the “Platform for environmental governance of the Pacific CMZ of Guatemala”, to allow it to remain in time to guarantee the sustainability of the project results, as well as take advantage of other future actions in its area of action.

3

It must complete and accelerate actions to improve the levels of progress to consolidate relevant results of the agreements with the 11 priority municipalities.

4

To consolidate agreements with other actors, so that the MPAs Management Plans do not remain in the paper, so that they can begin their implementation, even during the processing time of the governmental agreements (the declaration of the MPAs), without having to wait for the final declarations of creation and expansion of the MPA, which could take longer than foreseen in the PRODOC.

5

To ensure that the Technical Scientific Information System of Coastal Marine Biodiversity (SIMBio) is implemented before the end of the project.

 

6

Support the declaration of the MPAs as the president of CONAP Council, once the initiatives are presented in this board of directors.

7

Accelerate the development and adoption of goals and indicators for the coastal marine zone within the framework of the National Adaptation and Mitigation Plan for Climate Change (PANCC).

 

8

- Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).

Start the implementation of the coastal marine resource management unit.

9

Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).

Promote within the CONAP Council, approval and implementation of Mangrove Regulations presented by INAB and CONAP.

10

Bureau of State Land Reserves (OCRET).

Implement the Information, Management and Administration System.

11

Bureau of State Land Reserves (OCRET).

To present to the Congress of the Republic, the updating of the OCRET Law, which includes the tariff as a mechanism of financial sustainability of the MPAs.

12

Fisheries and Aquaculture Unit (DIPESCA).

Institutionalize the Statistical System of Fisheries and Aquaculture for DIPESCA management

13

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Although the project has planned a contingency plan to improve execution in 2017, it must also increase its efficiency and its capacity to work, to face the challenge of executing that budget. Its success will be possible through the strengthening of the PMU, in the areas of administrative-financial management and monitoring and management of results.

14

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Strengthening of its monitoring and evaluation system, systematize and establish the instruments and mechanisms of systematization and the management of the information and knowledge of the project, which allows documenting the scope, strategic results, lessons learned and good practices; the organization of the files and the updating of the verifiers that physically support the fulfillment of the results / indicators is important. To coordinate the updating of the registry and quantification of the indicators of the Logical Framework and of the products of the project. It will document limitations identified for the accomplishment of some indicators and will disaggregate by gender some indicators and verifiers in the M&E data base.

15

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Conduct the adjustment of the project for the remaining period of execution, for which purpose the project’s exit route must be considered through a projected analysis from the situation of 2017 until the end date at the beginning of 2019.

16

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

An improvement of the project must consider the development of strategic alliances and the explicit definition of conservation and participation actions with a gender focus.

17

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Accelerate actions to improve the levels of progress to achieve important results, such as: The Integrated Marine-Coastal Management Program (PGIMC), as well as the business plans of the MPAs.

18

– Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Strategical handling of consultancies through the following actions: 1) Mobilize the start of the consultancy to develop the participatory strategies, 2) Develop the technical extension planned for artisanal small-scale fisheries in the implementation of biodiversity-friendly practices, 3) Accelerate the process for the formulation of the Program for the prevention, reduction and control of pollution.

19

– Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Review and adjust the processes for the delivery of information about the project and the declaration of the MPAs, to the municipalities and the COCODES in general, so that the project’s processes and products and the future management of the MPAs are facilitated.

20

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Establish synergies and implement actions (environmental education and cooperation agreements for the reduction of threats by artisanal fisheries); contemplating the participation of fishermen’s associations, incorporating differentiated men and women and vulnerable groups and an equitable distribution of benefits.

 

21

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Recommend to the MPA administrators, corrective measures for the financial gap, financial sustainability, capacity development sheets and the METTs of the MPAs.

1. Recommendation:

Project Steering Committee.

Two instruments need to be promoted from the political sphere, this is the “Negotiating Team for the declaration of the MPA” and the Maritime Affairs Council (now called the Platform for Environmental Governance of the Pacific CMZ of Guatemala), foreseen in the project. Therefore, the Steering Committee must activate and institutionalize the structure foreseen in the PRODOC on the creation of a negotiating team to minimize the risks of the project in relation to the declaration of MPA, which can be developed through the influence of CONAP and the MARN before the Congress of the Republic, with the purpose of obtaining the approval of the initiatives of Law of creation of the MPAs.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11] [Last Updated: 2018/12/11]

The last Technical Study and Law Initiative (Las Lisas MPA) is facing serious delay in its approval by CONAP. The risk that the Project faces finishing before the MPAs are declared, is more valid than ever. As the government institutions have the compromise of promoting the initiatives (with or without the Project operating), key actions for consolidating the Negotiation Team and the Platform are recommended as follows:

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The creation of the Negotiation Team will be agreed with the Technical Advisor Committee (CTA), considering allies from well positioned NGOs, academy and private sector.
[Added: 2018/12/11]
CONAP and MARN with support of the Project technical team 2018/06 Completed Defensores de la Naturaleza, Private Climate Change Institute (ICC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation (FUNDAECO) have already manifested their interested of lobbying the MPAs declaration.
2. Recommendation:

To join efforts to institutionalize the “Platform for environmental governance of the Pacific CMZ of Guatemala”, to allow it to remain in time to guarantee the sustainability of the project results, as well as take advantage of other future actions in its area of action.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

It must complete and accelerate actions to improve the levels of progress to consolidate relevant results of the agreements with the 11 priority municipalities.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

To consolidate agreements with other actors, so that the MPAs Management Plans do not remain in the paper, so that they can begin their implementation, even during the processing time of the governmental agreements (the declaration of the MPAs), without having to wait for the final declarations of creation and expansion of the MPA, which could take longer than foreseen in the PRODOC.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

To ensure that the Technical Scientific Information System of Coastal Marine Biodiversity (SIMBio) is implemented before the end of the project.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Support the declaration of the MPAs as the president of CONAP Council, once the initiatives are presented in this board of directors.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

Accelerate the development and adoption of goals and indicators for the coastal marine zone within the framework of the National Adaptation and Mitigation Plan for Climate Change (PANCC).

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

- Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).

Start the implementation of the coastal marine resource management unit.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).

Promote within the CONAP Council, approval and implementation of Mangrove Regulations presented by INAB and CONAP.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

Bureau of State Land Reserves (OCRET).

Implement the Information, Management and Administration System.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Bureau of State Land Reserves (OCRET).

To present to the Congress of the Republic, the updating of the OCRET Law, which includes the tariff as a mechanism of financial sustainability of the MPAs.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation:

Fisheries and Aquaculture Unit (DIPESCA).

Institutionalize the Statistical System of Fisheries and Aquaculture for DIPESCA management

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation:

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Although the project has planned a contingency plan to improve execution in 2017, it must also increase its efficiency and its capacity to work, to face the challenge of executing that budget. Its success will be possible through the strengthening of the PMU, in the areas of administrative-financial management and monitoring and management of results.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation:

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Strengthening of its monitoring and evaluation system, systematize and establish the instruments and mechanisms of systematization and the management of the information and knowledge of the project, which allows documenting the scope, strategic results, lessons learned and good practices; the organization of the files and the updating of the verifiers that physically support the fulfillment of the results / indicators is important. To coordinate the updating of the registry and quantification of the indicators of the Logical Framework and of the products of the project. It will document limitations identified for the accomplishment of some indicators and will disaggregate by gender some indicators and verifiers in the M&E data base.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation:

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Conduct the adjustment of the project for the remaining period of execution, for which purpose the project’s exit route must be considered through a projected analysis from the situation of 2017 until the end date at the beginning of 2019.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

16. Recommendation:

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

An improvement of the project must consider the development of strategic alliances and the explicit definition of conservation and participation actions with a gender focus.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

17. Recommendation:

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Accelerate actions to improve the levels of progress to achieve important results, such as: The Integrated Marine-Coastal Management Program (PGIMC), as well as the business plans of the MPAs.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

18. Recommendation:

– Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Strategical handling of consultancies through the following actions: 1) Mobilize the start of the consultancy to develop the participatory strategies, 2) Develop the technical extension planned for artisanal small-scale fisheries in the implementation of biodiversity-friendly practices, 3) Accelerate the process for the formulation of the Program for the prevention, reduction and control of pollution.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

19. Recommendation:

– Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Review and adjust the processes for the delivery of information about the project and the declaration of the MPAs, to the municipalities and the COCODES in general, so that the project’s processes and products and the future management of the MPAs are facilitated.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

20. Recommendation:

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Establish synergies and implement actions (environmental education and cooperation agreements for the reduction of threats by artisanal fisheries); contemplating the participation of fishermen’s associations, incorporating differentiated men and women and vulnerable groups and an equitable distribution of benefits.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

21. Recommendation:

Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Recommend to the MPA administrators, corrective measures for the financial gap, financial sustainability, capacity development sheets and the METTs of the MPAs.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/11]

Key Actions:

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