Final 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:
Completion Date:
Management Response:
Evaluation Budget(US $):


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Title Final 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: 10/2018
Planned End Date: 02/2019
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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG Target
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 25,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
PIMS Number: 4639
Key Stakeholders: National Council on Protected Areas, National Forestry Institute and Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources
Countries: GUATEMALA

Lessons learned from an evaluation include new knowledge which has been obtained that would be applicable and useful in other similar contexts, highlighting the strengths or weaknesses of the preparation, design and execution of a project. In the context of this evaluation, the following can be identified as lessons learned:

1. The Project at the local level working with direct beneficiaries generates expectations, and the communities, when they do not visualize concrete results, can generate frictions or disappointments and can promote implementation problems. The specific lesson learned would be not to generate excessive expectations, ensuring the support of beneficiaries throughout the life of the project by forming realistic perspectives and generating and / or promoting concrete changes in the actors’ livelihoods and quality of life

2. Beginning with the design of a project, clear robust administrative and management elements must be included. Designing a project, as was the case with this intervention, with shared management units and personnel without dedication commensurate to the tasks denoted by a large project implies problems at different levels.


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