Terminal Evaluation report of the project Strengthening Protected Area Network in Mongolia

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Mongolia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2015
Completion Date:
09/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
24,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation report of the project Strengthening Protected Area Network in Mongolia
Atlas Project Number: 00074228
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Mongolia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2015
Planned End Date: 09/2015
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 $): 24,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Crawford Prentice Ms. ingridethio@yahoo.com
Orgiltuya Deshzevge Ms. dorgiltuya@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-5
PIMS Number: 4180
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment and Green Development, GEF, UNDP, Argali Research Centre, Denver Zoological Society, WWF Mongolia
Countries: MONGOLIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 TE recommends a project completion date of not before 31 December 2015 in order to ensure full support to submission of revised SPA Law to fall Parliamentary Session, including advocacy and Technical Assistance.
2 Finalize, approve and operationalize a suitable Exit Strategy for the project ASAP. This was recommended in the MTE report. The Project Board should meet urgently to discuss proposals prepared by the project proponents.
3 Expedite completion of unfinished outputs as far as possible. The key priorities are the outstanding revisions to national legislation (SPA Law) and budgetary procedures impacting the use of multiple revenue sources by the PA system.
4 Key project staff should participate in the design of the 3rd stage of the National PA Programme to help embed and sustain SPAN?s key outcomes in the future development of the PA system.
5 Two new proposed positions within PAAD not yet approved by MEGDT (PA management and PA Financing Officers). This should be followed up through MRPA if necessary.
6 Document and publicize the demonstration site experiences through various means ? the national PA Forum, publications, and more importantly through study tours and exchange visits.
7 Training needs mentioned by local stakeholders to support sustainability of project outcomes included English language, proposal writing and mining offsets for biodiversity. These should be considered for follow up activities by MEGDT and UNDP.
8 GIS / GPS training for PAAs has been effective and progressive. A system for continuing professional development of PAA staff needs to be emplaced to maintain this capacity across the system.
9 Systematic M&E for the PA network (Mong METT) is being transferred to an online system ? this needs to be completed by end of project. UNDP and GEF should document and make available the tailored Mong METT system to inform other countries with similar ambition.
10 Community engagement at the demonstration sites has been effective, and demand is increasing as a result, so MEGDT and UNDP should give serious attention as to how to further resources can be made available to maintain community engagement and motivation.
11 Awareness raising through national PA forums and other measures, and reaching out to Aimag and Soum governments to increase understanding of the values of PAs, the successful joint management councils and community co-management at the demonstration sites, and the financing needs and options for PAs. Full use should be made of SPAN experience through study tours to the demonstration sites for lawmakers on PA management and sustainable financing issues.
12 Establish a mechanism to coordinate inputs from the wide range of players strongly engaged in supporting improvements to the effectiveness of Mongolia?s PA system. These include UNDP and GEF through past and future projects, bi-lateral agencies including GIZ and KFW, the international and national NGOs and increasingly local government. (PA Forum, small PA Partners Board, etc.)
1. Recommendation: TE recommends a project completion date of not before 31 December 2015 in order to ensure full support to submission of revised SPA Law to fall Parliamentary Session, including advocacy and Technical Assistance.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/30] [Last Updated: 2016/01/13]

Its estimated, that by September 30, the performance of AWP is 63% wilt the budget left USD 165,684.34. Agreed with UNDP CO and NPD to extend the project completion date till 31 December 2015.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Revise 4th QTR workplan per budget amount outstanding in the ATLAS system. 2.Organize regular PB meeting to discuss project performance till Oct 30, activities for remaining period of the project lifetime, recommendations and management response of the terminal evaluation.
[Added: 2016/01/13]
Project Board Chair, National Project Director and National Project Coordinator 2015/11 Completed
2. Recommendation: Finalize, approve and operationalize a suitable Exit Strategy for the project ASAP. This was recommended in the MTE report. The Project Board should meet urgently to discuss proposals prepared by the project proponents.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Finalise the project Exit Strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.Develop Exit Strategy at/for: - PA Network level - Orkhon valley National Park - Ikh Nart National Park
[Added: 2016/01/13]
PIU 2015/10 Completed
2.Discuss and approve Exit Strategy at PB meeting
[Added: 2016/01/13]
NPD and NPC 2015/11 Completed
3.Discuss and approve Exit Strategy at Uvurkhangai and Dornogobi aimag Khural, get released aimag governor?s order to ensure sustainability of project outcomes
[Added: 2016/01/13]
NPD and NPC 2015/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: Expedite completion of unfinished outputs as far as possible. The key priorities are the outstanding revisions to national legislation (SPA Law) and budgetary procedures impacting the use of multiple revenue sources by the PA system.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Revise 4th QTR workplan to clear unfinished activities and outputs Finalize revision of the SPA Law, get approved the Concept of the law by cabinet and further submission to the Parliament.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalize formulation of the Concept of the SPA Law and National Programme on PAs, get approved by Minister?s Board; Conduct final meeting of the WG and finalize the SPA law, National Programme on PAs and Action Plan for phase-3; Submit policy documents to the Cabinet for approval Revised tariff of PA Entry Fee, regulation submitted to MoJ
[Added: 2016/01/13]
NPD and NPC 2015/11 Completed
4. Recommendation: Key project staff should participate in the design of the 3rd stage of the National PA Programme to help embed and sustain SPAN?s key outcomes in the future development of the PA system.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Key project staff actively participate in the design of the 3d stage of the National Programme.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
NPC, PA-Management Officer, PA-Financing Officer as well as Policy Officer at MRPA provided comments to the national programme and Action Plan, they worked closely with the National consultant Conduct discussion among key experts to receive final comments and finalize the National Programme
[Added: 2016/01/13]
NPC and NPD 2015/09 Completed
5. Recommendation: Two new proposed positions within PAAD not yet approved by MEGDT (PA management and PA Financing Officers). This should be followed up through MRPA if necessary.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Integrate two new positions (PA-Management and PA-Financing) into MEGDT/PAAD structure

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Approved ToR for both positions by State Secretary Integrate two positions into PAAD structure, establish contract with NPD Establish MOU between MEGDT and UNDP CO on sustainability of the structure
[Added: 2016/01/13]
Project Board Chair, NPD and PO 2015/09 Completed
6. Recommendation: Document and publicize the demonstration site experiences through various means ? the national PA Forum, publications, and more importantly through study tours and exchange visits.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Outreach of best experiences and lessons learned at 2 project sites through study tours and exchange visits and other communication means.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize meeting at Orkhon Valley NP with participation of all 8 PAAs of Khangai region and relevant donor projects, NGOs Organize meeting at Ikh Nart NR with participation of all 5 PAAs of Gobi region and relevant donor projects, NGOs Produce video film about project achievements and best practices for Ikh Nart and Orkhon Valley respectively.
[Added: 2016/01/13]
PIU 2015/11 Completed
7. Recommendation: Training needs mentioned by local stakeholders to support sustainability of project outcomes included English language, proposal writing and mining offsets for biodiversity. These should be considered for follow up activities by MEGDT and UNDP.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Include trainings for local stakeholders in the revised 4th QTR workplan.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct training for community members at Water fall and Naiman nuur, OVNP on horse guiding techniques and ethics, first aid practices, proposal writing, basic english and overall tourism operations in protected areas. Assist OVNP in proposal writing to KfW including community engagement in Buffer Zone (on-the-job training on proposal writing).
[Added: 2016/01/13]
PIU 2015/11 Completed
8. Recommendation: GIS / GPS training for PAAs has been effective and progressive. A system for continuing professional development of PAA staff needs to be emplaced to maintain this capacity across the system.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Strengthen capacity of PAA staff in GIS application in land use planning and establishment of the database (through MRPA).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct advanced training to selected PAAs on application of GIS
[Added: 2016/01/13]
PIU 2015/11 Completed
9. Recommendation: Systematic M&E for the PA network (Mong METT) is being transferred to an online system ? this needs to be completed by end of project. UNDP and GEF should document and make available the tailored Mong METT system to inform other countries with similar ambition.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/01/13]

Complete an on-line METT system and introduce to concerned users.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-Receive final output online METT system from sub-contractor; -Conduct training to PAAD staff and officers from selected PAAs on use of the system; -Ensure official application of the online METT through order of the Minister of MEGDT; -Translate and share the tailored MonMETT for potential application by other countries.
[Added: 2016/01/13]
PIU, CO, NPD 2015/12 Completed
10. Recommendation: Community engagement at the demonstration sites has been effective, and demand is increasing as a result, so MEGDT and UNDP should give serious attention as to how to further resources can be made available to maintain community engagement and motivation.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

- Support communities through small project grants; -Establish linkage with other projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-Develop and approve the regulation on funding small projects received from communities; - Fund selected projects, monitoring and evaluation (OVNP - 6 projects , MNT 12,7 mln, INNR ? 4 projects, MNT 12,2 mln); - Assist OVNP in proposal writing to KfW including community engagement in Buffer Zone; -Take initiatives to link communities within Pa and/or in the BZ with the existing projects, such as MRPA, EBA, DRR LDOWM and other. -Further coordination of community engagement initiatives and efforts by MEGDT through assignment of a task force.
[Added: 2016/01/13]
PIU 2016/01 Completed
11. Recommendation: Awareness raising through national PA forums and other measures, and reaching out to Aimag and Soum governments to increase understanding of the values of PAs, the successful joint management councils and community co-management at the demonstration sites, and the financing needs and options for PAs. Full use should be made of SPAN experience through study tours to the demonstration sites for lawmakers on PA management and sustainable financing issues.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Plan awareness raising measures to increase understanding of the values of PAs and best practices of SPAN at demo sites.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-Conduct EV study outreach meeting with key stakeholders from respective sectors; -Conduct experience sharing meeting at OVNP for all 8 PAAs of Khangai region and concerned donor projects; -Conduct experience sharing meeting at Ikh Nart for 5 PAAs of Gobi region and concerned donor projects.
[Added: 2016/01/13]
PIU 2015/12 Completed
12. Recommendation: Establish a mechanism to coordinate inputs from the wide range of players strongly engaged in supporting improvements to the effectiveness of Mongolia?s PA system. These include UNDP and GEF through past and future projects, bi-lateral agencies including GIZ and KFW, the international and national NGOs and increasingly local government. (PA Forum, small PA Partners Board, etc.)
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/01/13]

Submit proposal of establishing PA Partners Board to MEGDT.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Board has not been established. However, the key partners and donors are brought together in the annual PA Forum; Key partners and donors are represented at PB and Advisory group. Draft proposal and rules for establishing PA Partners Board.
[Added: 2016/01/13]
NPC and NPD 2015/12 Completed

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