Terminal evaluation report Disposal of "POPs Pesticides and Initial Steps for Containment of Dumped POPs Pesticides"/PIMS 4012

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, Georgia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2015
Completion Date:
06/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
17,400

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Title Terminal evaluation report Disposal of "POPs Pesticides and Initial Steps for Containment of Dumped POPs Pesticides"/PIMS 4012
Atlas Project Number: 0060720
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, Georgia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2015
Planned End Date: 07/2015
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 $): 17,400
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Alexandre Borde Independent evaluator
Kate Skhireli Independent evaluator GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title:
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Persistent Organic Pollutants
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID: 4012
PIMS Number: 3875
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. For the projects like ?Disposal of POPs pesticides and Initial steps for the containment of dumped POPs pesticides in Georgia? in the future, it is important to have preparatory sub-projects related to overall studies on the sites. It will enable having proper cost estimates on how much it would cost to address them fully with pesticides extraction and solid decontamination, which represents the larger volume and amount of work.
2 2: Given the new objectives of the GEF, the expertise used for this project can now be expanded through several similar projects, as tackling the issue through regional projects is essential.
3 3: The focus regarding risks is on safety aspects, since this kind of project encompasses direct risks and indirect risks. Safety is ensured through the experience and quality of experts, the quality of consulting companies doing studies on such sites and the quality of waste management companies. This project can serve as an example for following activities within the same project or projects related to pesticides waste management. As safety can be ensured through the involvement of different skills.
1. Recommendation: 1. For the projects like ?Disposal of POPs pesticides and Initial steps for the containment of dumped POPs pesticides in Georgia? in the future, it is important to have preparatory sub-projects related to overall studies on the sites. It will enable having proper cost estimates on how much it would cost to address them fully with pesticides extraction and solid decontamination, which represents the larger volume and amount of work.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/14]

UNDP Georgia agrees with this given recommendation. The preparatory sub-works give the project necessary and important information for the proper planning and high-quality and smooth implementation of the planned activities. Because of the lack of information, at the beginning, project had experienced a problem with the original estimate of pure POPs pesticides availability for disposal. In particular, once the initial assessment on the dump-site was completed, it appeared that the majority of waste with the time has mixed with soil, packaging material that deteriorated and concrete walls that collapsed, i.e. the actual volume of waste was much bigger than originally estimated. These resulted in series of consultation with the national counterpart that was suggesting change of the original plan. In the end, the Project anyway followed the original plan in leue of the implementation of the Stockholm Convention. So this was good lessons learned that leads us to the consideration of undertaking preparatory studies during the future project design stages. This approach will be applied for the second phase of the POPs project. The full project document for the second phase of the POPs project will be developed based on the comprehensive Iagluja site assessment, which will serve as a preparatory works for the phase two

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Detailed preparatory studies for the preparation of the full-scale project document for the next phase of the POPS project
[Added: 2016/01/14]
UNDP CO, MoENRP 2014/12 Completed Studies undertaken at the end fo the project are considered as ?preparatory studies? for next phase POPs project
2. Recommendation: 2: Given the new objectives of the GEF, the expertise used for this project can now be expanded through several similar projects, as tackling the issue through regional projects is essential.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/14]

UNDP Georgia agrees with the recommendation and will undertake appropriate measures to expand expertise used for this POPs project through the similar regional and country level projects as well. At the country level, expertise will be used for the upcoming UNDP/GEF project ?Strengthen national decision making towards ratification of the Minamata Convention and build capacity towards implementation of future provisions" and for the second Phase of the POPS project as well.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Build on the experience and expertise gained through the POPs project for the UNDP/GEF project ? Strengthen national decision making towards ratification of the Minamata Convention and build capacity towards implementation of future provisions" and the next phase of POPs project
[Added: 2016/01/14] [Last Updated: 2017/08/22]
Project team UNDP CO, stakeholders of the project 2017/03 Completed Pool of experts and companies are maintained as well as lessons learned from the POPS project documented and will be considered for these two new projects History
3. Recommendation: 3: The focus regarding risks is on safety aspects, since this kind of project encompasses direct risks and indirect risks. Safety is ensured through the experience and quality of experts, the quality of consulting companies doing studies on such sites and the quality of waste management companies. This project can serve as an example for following activities within the same project or projects related to pesticides waste management. As safety can be ensured through the involvement of different skills.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/14]

UNDP Georgia agrees with the recommendation and will undertake appropriate measures to use the particular expertise on safety issues gained within the implementation of the first phase of the POPs project At the country level, expertise will be used for the upcoming UNDP/GEF project ?Strengthen national decision making towards ratification of the Minamata Convention and build capacity towards implementation of future provisions" and for the second Phase of the POPS project for sure.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Expertise on safety issues will be applied for UNDP/GEF project ? Strengthen national decision making towards ratification of the Minamata Convention and build capacity towards implementation of future provisions" and the next phase of POPs project
[Added: 2016/01/14] [Last Updated: 2017/08/22]
Project team UNDP CO Stakeholders of the project 2017/03 Completed Safety issues given special attention during the implementation of Mercury assessment as well as preparation of next phase History

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