Final Evaluation for Support to development of National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP) Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2016
Completion Date:
08/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Final Evaluation for Support to development of National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP) Project
Atlas Project Number: 00063449
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2016
Planned End Date: 03/2016
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 $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 30,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Eduardo Queblatin
Vo Thi Hoai Thu
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
PIMS Number: 4811
Key Stakeholders: MONRE
Countries: VIET NAM
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

There is a lack of clear communication on what documents, when combined, physically constitute the totality of NBSAP’s strategies, actions and instruments for implementation and financing. Because of this, the NBSAP may be potentially known only by individual documents that were prepared.

 Recommendation:

 Communicate the NBSAP and associated documents as one “Package”

2

 

The second issue is financing. The project’s strength was the technical and legal support (joint MONRE – MOFI circular) to local authorities so that they can optimally use state budgets for biodiversity conservation. But at the national level, there is a need to translate the consensus reached so far on innovative funding sources, into systematic, and time-bound targets. Without this, NBSAP funding for projects may still largely depend on limited state financing during the NBSAP period.

Recommendation:

Consolidate the Directions for Financing.

3

Third, notwithstanding the remarkable range of communication products produced, the awareness building interventions during the project may be too short an exposure for planners and practitioners at the national and local levels.

Recommendation:

Follow on Technical Guidance for Local Authorities through responsive programs.

4

 

Fourth, for land use plans, the next challenge is how to make them enforceable. Based on the project’s experience, there is an opportunity to stimulate better stakeholder understanding and ownership with optimum use of maps in the planning process. Also, as advocated by DARDs, there is a need to encourage co-management modalities for conservation in protected areas, to harness community contributions for enforcement. A related challenge is how to put biodiversity rich corridors as well as buffer zone for protected areas under sustainable management.

Recommendation:

Fortify Protocols for Biodiversity in Land Use and Approaches for Enforcement.

1. Recommendation:

There is a lack of clear communication on what documents, when combined, physically constitute the totality of NBSAP’s strategies, actions and instruments for implementation and financing. Because of this, the NBSAP may be potentially known only by individual documents that were prepared.

 Recommendation:

 Communicate the NBSAP and associated documents as one “Package”

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2016/12/12]

The recommendation is accepted. Using in-house capacity, MONRE/BCA will prepare a NBSAP package based on the proposed structure in Annex 11 of the TE Report, made available through the MONRE/BCA website with linkages on relevant other websites.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Prepare the Executive Summary of the NBSAP development and listing of documents.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/04/10]
MONRE/BCA 2017/03 Completed History
2. Formatted integrated digital NBSAP package.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/04/10]
MONRE/BCA 2017/03 Completed History
3. Design a NBSAP sitemap for a website-site section under the MONRE/BCA website; fill with packages NBSAP documents and establish links on relevant websites, e.g. MONRE’s Website, Biodiversity Platform, Natural Capitol Platform, NBSAP forum.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/04/10]
MONRE/BCA 2017/03 Completed History
2. Recommendation:

 

The second issue is financing. The project’s strength was the technical and legal support (joint MONRE – MOFI circular) to local authorities so that they can optimally use state budgets for biodiversity conservation. But at the national level, there is a need to translate the consensus reached so far on innovative funding sources, into systematic, and time-bound targets. Without this, NBSAP funding for projects may still largely depend on limited state financing during the NBSAP period.

Recommendation:

Consolidate the Directions for Financing.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2016/12/12]

The recommendation is accepted. UNDP CO has arranged for Vietnam to participate in the international UNDP-BIOFIN initiative, through BCA as national responsible party.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Review the Biodiversity policy and institutional arrangement, review the Biodiversity Expenditures, Cost the NBSAP (assess financial flows, needs and gaps).
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
UNDP CO, BCA 2018/12 Completed A Policy and Institutional Review has been done. Report is attached. History
2. Assess traditional and innovative financial mechanisms and develop a National Action Plan on Biodiversity financing for resource mobilization under the UNDP’s Global Biodiversity Financing initiative, of which Viet Nam is a participating country.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
UNDP CO, BCA 2018/12 Completed An assessment has been done, and a National Action Plan on Biodiversity Financing is being finalized. History
3. Initiate implementation of the resources mobilization strategies at the national level.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
UNDP CO, BCA 2018/12 Completed A pilot implementation is taking place History
3. Recommendation:

Third, notwithstanding the remarkable range of communication products produced, the awareness building interventions during the project may be too short an exposure for planners and practitioners at the national and local levels.

Recommendation:

Follow on Technical Guidance for Local Authorities through responsive programs.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12]

The recommendation is accepted. As assigned by the government, one task of MONRE/BCA is to sustain guidance to planners and practitioners, given available resources. In working with potential partners, relevant projects and programs will be designed that incorporate BD mainstreaming in provincial development planning and practices.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. This recommendation will be taken into account while UNDP CO with MONRE-BCA conducting the PPG stage for the project “Mainstreaming Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation objectives into socio-economic development planning and management of Biosphere Reserve in Viet Nam” and ensure the awareness building will be well integrated in the upcoming interventions.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/10/15]
UNDP CO, BCA 2017/12 Completed The PPG of Biosphere Reserve in Viet Nam has taken this recommendation into account by integrating awareness building into intended interventions. History
2. UNDP CO actively pursues developing the proposal for “Capacity Building for the Ratification and Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing in Vietnam". Relevant communication on this NBSAP will be integrated in the project interventions
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
UNDP CO, BCA 2018/12 Completed The project has been approved and is being implemented History
3. UNDP CO and MONRE/MONRE partner with others in the “Natural Capital Platform” and “Biodiversity Partnership Planform” initiatives to maintain knowledge
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
MONRE/UNDP 2018/12 Completed The platform has been functioning. TOR and meeting minutes are available upon request. History
4. Continue to advocate for mainstreaming biodiversity into national and local SEDP currently being developed by the government for the period 2016-2020 for resources mobilization.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
UNDP/MONRE 2018/12 Completed Advocacy activities for mainstreaming biodiversity into national and local SEDP have been continued. History
4. Recommendation:

 

Fourth, for land use plans, the next challenge is how to make them enforceable. Based on the project’s experience, there is an opportunity to stimulate better stakeholder understanding and ownership with optimum use of maps in the planning process. Also, as advocated by DARDs, there is a need to encourage co-management modalities for conservation in protected areas, to harness community contributions for enforcement. A related challenge is how to put biodiversity rich corridors as well as buffer zone for protected areas under sustainable management.

Recommendation:

Fortify Protocols for Biodiversity in Land Use and Approaches for Enforcement.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12]

This recommendation is accepted. UNDP CO will continue to develop programs and projects on BD conservation and mainstreaming into land use management at provincial level, targeting integrated planning and reaching practical results.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Advocacy with national and local government to promote biodiversity mainstreaming in provincial land use plans.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/10/15]
UNDP, BCA 2017/12 Completed Advocacy activities and workshops have been conducted in a number of provinces under the project. History
2. UNDP CO and MONRE BCA secure financing of the PPG phase for the project “Integrated Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Viet Nam’s Ba River Forested Landscape”.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
UNDP, BCA 2018/12 Completed A PIF was finalized and submitted. GEF requested to move the PIF to GEF7 History
3. UNDP CO to continue mobilizing financing for adopting a system level approach to land use planning.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/10]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed A Biosphere reserve project has been approved by GEF with budget of USD 7 million for 5 year implementation History

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