Integrating Climate Change Risk and Resilience Into Agriculture and Health Sectors in Samoa (ICCRAHS) - FE

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2014
Completion Date:
01/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
22,380

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Title Integrating Climate Change Risk and Resilience Into Agriculture and Health Sectors in Samoa (ICCRAHS) - FE
Atlas Project Number: 00050884
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2014
Planned End Date: 01/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 5.4. Preparedness systems in place to effectively address the consequences of and response to natural hazards (e.g. geo-physical and climate related) and man-made crisis at all levels of government and community
Evaluation Budget(US $): 22,380
Source of Funding: Project budget (GEF)
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
James Lenoci Evaluation Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: GoS, CSOs, CBOs, NGOs
Countries: SAMOA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Implement procedures for tracking number and type of users of web-based CLEWS climate service products
2 Ensure routine calibration and maintenance of CLEWS infrastructure
3 Strengthen capacity of multi-sectoral CLEWS users
4 Improve climate services for the agricultural sector
5 Introduce other modes of disseminating climate services, e.g., via SMS
6 Clarify NHS/MOH user needs and develop/deliver climate services products
7 Develop outreach and training program for users of health-related climate services
8 Finalize Adaptation Strategy for Agriculture
9 Mainstream a climate change officer position within MAF organization
10 Incorporate Climate Risk Forecasting and Adaptation Planning into Sector Plan
11 Ensure supply and updates of GIS-based maps/products
12 Integrate information among MAF divisions, including Crops, Livestock, Fisheries, etc.
13 Interpret and disseminate pilot results
14 Mainstream nurseries into MAF organization for supply of resilient crop varieties and expand outreach activities
15 Prepare a good practice guideline for gathering and disseminating climate-related disease information at the district hospital level
16 Identify partnership arrangements between NHS and MOH for agreeing upon roles and responsibilities for managing such activities
17 Implement climate-related disease information gathering and dissemination
18 Finalize approval Adaptation Strategy for Health
19 Mainstream a climate change officer position within NHS and/or MOH organizations
20 Incorporate Climate Risk Projections and Adaptation Planning into Sector Plan
21 Tailor project-developed training materials into regular training modules for NHS/MOH professional staff, and update regularly
22 Develop and implement curriculum enhancement program at National University of Samoa (NUS), to include climate-related health issues
23 Incorporate the standard operating procedures developed during the project into the NHS and MOH internal routines and operational budgets
24 Include training on the use of the rapid testing procedures into regular NHS and MOH training programs
25 Using lessons learned and good practice from project, prepare a guidance document to be implemented by NHS and monitored by MOH
26 Implement procedures for reducing climate-related diseases (mostly through increased community outreach and organization of medical referral services)
27 Include training on the implementation of the guidance into regular NHS and MOH training programs
1. Recommendation: Implement procedures for tracking number and type of users of web-based CLEWS climate service products
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This recommended activity has already been implemented. New website (www.samet.gov.ws) was recently launched that hosts a number of web CLEWS products. The website has a visitor counter that has enabled the MET Division to track the total number of visiters over the last couple months. In addition, the MET Division has established a mailing list with users from different sectors. Users receive a monthly email with information on CLEWS products and services. UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: Ensure routine calibration and maintenance of CLEWS infrastructure
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: MET has received some funding for this through the UNDP-GEF ICCRIFS project, but this funding has been limited to the 2 automatic weather stations. The remaining observation equipment and instruments produced under ICCRAHS have been maintained and callibrated under the Government of Samoa's operational budget. In the long term, the equipment and instruments will be maintained under local government funds. UNDP: This recommendation has been taken on board through public funds, demonstrating Government ownership in the long term. The UNDP-GEF Tourism project, however, will provide funding support to the development of CLEWS tailored to the tourism sector needs.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: Strengthen capacity of multi-sectoral CLEWS users
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This activity is still ongoing. MET has been able to implement this activity without any additional funding by taking advantage of opportunities through other projects. ICCRIFS and other government projets have invited MET to come and help build capacity. UNDP: The UNDP-GEF Tourism project will provide funding support to the development of CLEWS tailored to the tourism sector needs.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: Improve climate services for the agricultural sector
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: UNDP: There are currently no projects in UNDP Samoa targeting the agricultural sector specifically. However, a proposal on DRR DRM and Climate Early Warning Systems is currently under draft and will aim at proposing to future donors funding options that will take into consideration this aspect as well.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: Introduce other modes of disseminating climate services, e.g., via SMS
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: MET is still exploring the possibility of using SMS to disseminate climate services. So far, they have launched a new website (www.samet.gov.ws), which allows MET to host a lot of CLEWS products and services compared to the current MNRE website, which has limited space to upload all products and services. The new website has provided the MET division with more control and enabled them to put up as much information as possible, including technical reports that could help inform and build the capacity of MAF colleagues. UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: Clarify NHS/MOH user needs and develop/deliver climate services products
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Last year, MET held a workshop for the Health sector that was hosted by MOH. They have also developed a climate-health workplan for the next five years, which includes developing and establish a climate health unit within MOH. This unit will be the focal point of all climate and climate change issues within the health secotr and will coordinate with MNRE. UNDP: This Unit will be the reference for any future programmes and will coordinate all the initiatives in the framework of the endorsed Climate Adaptaiton Strategy for Health. Also, this recommendation can be targeted under the proposal on DRR DRM and Climate Early Warning Systems is currently under draft and will aim at proposing to future donors funding options, if still considered a country need.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: Develop outreach and training program for users of health-related climate services
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: The five year climate-health workplan (see response under 1.2-1) has a specific section on outreach and training. There should be two, MOH-funded training programs this year. UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: Finalize Adaptation Strategy for Agriculture
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This oucome falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheres. UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation: Mainstream a climate change officer position within MAF organization
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This oucome falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheres. UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation: Incorporate Climate Risk Forecasting and Adaptation Planning into Sector Plan
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This oucome falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheres. UNDP: No current UNDP-GEF projects are targeting the Agriculture Sector

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation: Ensure supply and updates of GIS-based maps/products
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This oucome falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheres. UNDP: The Participatory 3 Dimensional model has been proven a very effective tool to collect sectoral informaiton and diitalize them in GIS maps. Currenlty no UNDP-GEF programmes are targeting the agriculture sector, but this opportunity should be included in any future initiative. Also, agriculture-related data could be gathered along with the constrctuin of the P3D model in the context of other projects (eg LDCF Economy Wide), and this possibility should be encouraged by UNDP.

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation: Integrate information among MAF divisions, including Crops, Livestock, Fisheries, etc.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This oucome falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheres. UNDP: UNDP does not currently have any programme implemented by this Ministry.

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation: Interpret and disseminate pilot results
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This oucome falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheres. UNDP: This activity could be partially supported by the LDCF Economy Wide project, currently under inception phase

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation: Mainstream nurseries into MAF organization for supply of resilient crop varieties and expand outreach activities
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This oucome falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheres. UNDP: This activity could be partially supported by the LDCF Economy Wide project, currently under inception phase

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation: Prepare a good practice guideline for gathering and disseminating climate-related disease information at the district hospital level
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: This has to be initiated and led by NHS depending on the level of priority to their services UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

16. Recommendation: Identify partnership arrangements between NHS and MOH for agreeing upon roles and responsibilities for managing such activities
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Already MoH is taking responsibility for the Climate Health policy and mainstreaming and have designated a focal point for this role within MoH UNDP: The follow up of this initiative now falls under the purview of the Ministry of Health and NHS

Key Actions:

17. Recommendation: Implement climate-related disease information gathering and dissemination
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: There is already a database with the Ministry of Healt UNDP: The follow up of this initiative now falls under the purview of the Ministry of Health and NHS

Key Actions:

18. Recommendation: Finalize approval Adaptation Strategy for Health
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: The Climate Adaptation Strategy for Health was contextualised and finalised by the Ministry of Health in June 2014. The Work Programme has been finalised and was financially supported by the WHO Biennium Budget. This Work Programme is based on 5 Key Strategic Areas aligned with the WHO Climate Resilience Framework. It is anticipated that Proposals for funding support to implement the CASH Work Programme will be developed to request financial support from relevant Development Partners. The CASH and the Work Programme will provide strategic directions for the Health Sector in relation to response to climate change and disaster emergency, which were identified as Health Sector priorities during the February 2014 review. UNDP: The CASH has already been endorsed in 2014. Some of the activities has been funded through remaining project funds.

Key Actions:

19. Recommendation: Mainstream a climate change officer position within NHS and/or MOH organizations
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: MoH has indicated the position has been mainstreamed within the MoH. NHS has included this position in their corporate plan for a CC and Disaster Officer but has yet to be apporved. Depending on availability of funds. UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

20. Recommendation: Incorporate Climate Risk Projections and Adaptation Planning into Sector Plan
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Already MoH is taking responsibility for the Climate Health policy and mainstreaming and have designated a focal point for this role within MoH UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

21. Recommendation: Tailor project-developed training materials into regular training modules for NHS/MOH professional staff, and update regularly
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Need more clarity on this UNDP: This has to be led by NHS/MOH

Key Actions:

22. Recommendation: Develop and implement curriculum enhancement program at National University of Samoa (NUS), to include climate-related health issues
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Health Sector to prioritise UNDP: This has to be led by NHS/MOH, in close collaboration with NUS

Key Actions:

23. Recommendation: Incorporate the standard operating procedures developed during the project into the NHS and MOH internal routines and operational budgets
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Health Sector to prioritise UNDP: This has to be led by NHS/MOH

Key Actions:

24. Recommendation: Include training on the use of the rapid testing procedures into regular NHS and MOH training programs
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Already undertaken with other ongoing projects UNDP: No UNDP project at the moment are supporting the health sector, therefore will have to be undertaken by other initiatives

Key Actions:

25. Recommendation: Using lessons learned and good practice from project, prepare a guidance document to be implemented by NHS and monitored by MOH
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Health Sector to seek funding and WHO UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

26. Recommendation: Implement procedures for reducing climate-related diseases (mostly through increased community outreach and organization of medical referral services)
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: MoH under the CASH is unertaken a nation - wide campaign which is earmarked to continue with funding available from other sources. UNDP: Second Government response

Key Actions:

27. Recommendation: Include training on the implementation of the guidance into regular NHS and MOH training programs
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/26]

GOVERNMENT: Mainstreamed with other ongoing initiatives of Health Sector UNDP: This has to be led by NHS/MOH

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