Mid-Term Review on Inegrated Community-Based Forest and Catchment Management through an Ecosystem Service Approach

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Thailand
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
10/2015
Completion Date:
12/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
28,000

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Title Mid-Term Review on Inegrated Community-Based Forest and Catchment Management through an Ecosystem Service Approach
Atlas Project Number: 00061756
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Thailand
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2015
Planned End Date: 10/2015
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 $): 28,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 27,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Walaitat Worakul National Consultant walaitat@hotmail.com THAILAND
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
PIMS Number: 3445
Key Stakeholders: Pollution Control Department, Siam Cement Group
Countries: THAILAND
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The project requests an extension past the scheduled closing date of February 2016.

2

Greater delegation of decision-making to the PMU, specifically the Project Manager and streamlining the decision-making process so that decisions become actions.

3

Engage a substantive Chief Technical Advisor.

4

The role of RECOFT should be reviewed and better utilised.

5

Continue with the existing SRF/log frame and indicators.

6

Improved internal and external Communications.

7

Improved strategic use of technical consultants.

8

Operationalise the Multi-sectoral Group so that least one PES policy document is endorsed by Government.

1. Recommendation:

The project requests an extension past the scheduled closing date of February 2016.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

  • Prepared the target delivery plan/achievement plan during the extension period. Following the Work Plan and Financial Plan of 2016 which was approved by the Project Board on 18 January 2016.
  • Submitted request for Project Board approval.
  • Submitted request for UNDP/GEF approval.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Submitted request for Project Board approval • Submitted request for UNDP/ GEF approval.
[Added: 2016/11/29]
Project Board, Project Director and UNDP CO 2016/02 Completed • Project Board approved to extend the project for 1 year. • UNDP / GEF approved for project extension on no cost extension basis until June 2017.
2. Recommendation:

Greater delegation of decision-making to the PMU, specifically the Project Manager and streamlining the decision-making process so that decisions become actions.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

Project Director has authorized decision making to Project Manager in order to streamline the decision – making process and make the project implementation flexible and faster.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project Director has authorized decision making to PMU specifically the Project Manager
[Added: 2016/11/29]
Project Director and PMU 2016/09 Completed Pollution Control Department was responsible for the project during Mid-term Review period but now the Office of Permanent Secretary is responsible for the project and the problem of centralizing has been solved
3. Recommendation:

Engage a substantive Chief Technical Advisor.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

PMU consulted UNDP about the issue of engagement of Chief Technical Advisor. PMU informed UNDP that at present PMU has engaged technical advisors to support CBFCM project such as technical advisors for Environmental Policy and Institute, Economic, Socio - economic, Baseline Data for CBFCM, as well as Social Marketing. Finally, UNDP agreed with PMU that it is not appropriate time and necessary to engage the Chief Technical Advisor.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• PMU has engaged the Environmental Policy and Institute Advisor to review the Natural Resources and Environment Strategic Plan of Regional Environment Office at regional level in order to submit the Plan to Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Cabinet for approval, as well as propose the establishment of the Ad – hoe working group under the Bureau of Natural Resources and Environment Strategy under Office of permanent Secretary of MONRE Instrument for Forest and Catchment. • PMU has engaged the Economic Advisor to supervise and support REOs about the issues of PES schemes, as well as establish and organize the training courses related to PES schemes and biocarbon in order to strengthen and build capacity of REOs and central officials to handle PES schemes and biocarbon. • PMU has engaged the Socio – economic Advisor to establish the best practice, lessons learned and knowledge sharing in using PES and biocarbon financing from CBFCM Project. • PMU has engaged the Geographical Advisor to establish the central baseline data for CBFCM. • PMU has engaged the Marketing Advisor to establish publications, social media, VDO / DVD and site event for communities and private sectors.
[Added: 2016/11/29] [Last Updated: 2017/05/03]
Project Board, Project Director, Project Manager and UNDP 2017/01 Completed • All of technical advisors will supervise and support the project to achieve the target of the project. History
4. Recommendation:

The role of RECOFT should be reviewed and better utilised.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

Organized consultation with RECOFTC and UNDP in order to improve role of RECOFTC to assist as the technical advisor and support the project under work plan.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Reviewed and listed the activities which requires RECOFTC to support in order to achieve the output of the project. • Consulted and agreed with RECOFTC for the reviewed activities
[Added: 2016/11/29]
UNDP PMU RECOFT 2016/02 Completed • PMU and RECOFTC organized and consulted for improving the role of RECOFTC many times.
5. Recommendation:

Continue with the existing SRF/log frame and indicators.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

In agreement, PMU will ensure that documentation system is improved to have the key information well in place to report against indicators.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Improved documentation system to report on results
[Added: 2016/11/29] [Last Updated: 2017/05/03]
PMU 2016/06 Completed History
6. Recommendation:

Improved internal and external Communications.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

Improves communication with REO 1 5 12 and 14, UNDP, technical consultants, communities, private sectors, as well as other stakeholders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Improved internal communication by close coordinating with REO 1 5 12 and 14, UNDP and technical consultants. • Improved external communication by organizing consultation, workshop and training with communities, private sectors and other stakeholders. • Will be organize the event for meeting between communities as the sellers and private sectors as the buyers in order to exchange the interest for each other with seller-buyer MENU and PES schemes implementation.
[Added: 2016/11/29] [Last Updated: 2017/05/03]
PMU 2016/09 Completed • PMU has organized the meeting with REOs and UNDP as the project working group once a month, as well as organized the consultation with the consultant frequently. • REOs have organized the meetings, workshops, training courses with communities, private sectors and other stakeholders frequently. • On the process of engagement of consultants in order to produce publication, advertisement media, as well as site event “Community Market” between communities and private sectors as the sellers and buyers under PES schemes. History
7. Recommendation:

Improved strategic use of technical consultants.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

Reviewed strategic use of technical consultants and organized the meeting with technical consultants in order to consult and agree with the improved strategic use.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Used of technical consultants more technically, as well as supported and made a consultation with the project both in the central and four pilot sites. • Consulted with the consultants closely.
[Added: 2016/11/29]
PMU and UNDP 2016/02 Completed • Technical consultants should worked closely with REOs in order to support REOs especially application of PES schemes.
8. Recommendation:

Operationalise the Multi-sectoral Group so that least one PES policy document is endorsed by Government.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/29]

Formulated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Strategic Plan which included PES schemes and biocarbon at regional level and submits to Permanent Secretary and cabinet for approval.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Formulated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Strategic Plan which included PES schemes and biocarbon at regional level. • Will be submit strategy plan at regional level for Permanent Secretary approval. • Will be submit this strategy plan at regional level for cabinet approval.
[Added: 2016/11/29] [Last Updated: 2017/05/03]
Project Board 2016/03 Completed • Regional Environment Offices formulated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Strategic Plan which included PES schemes and biocarbon. • On the process of submission to Project Board, Permanent Secretary and Cabinet for approval. History

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