Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Baikal Basin Transboundary Ecosystem

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2017, Russian Federation
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2015
Completion Date:
12/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Baikal Basin Transboundary Ecosystem
Atlas Project Number: 00076781
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2017, Russian Federation
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2015
Planned End Date: 12/2015
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 $): 20,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Peter Whalley Evaluator pdwhalley@btinternet.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title:
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID: 4029
PIMS Number: 4347
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The TE recommends that a new project is developed by Mongolia, Russian Federation and UNDP, that has a focus on SAP implementation addressing GEF multi focal areas of relevance to the River Selenga/Lake Baikal basin as a regional project. Specifically International Waters, Biodiversity, Climate Change. In addition it would be of interest to investigate Land Degradation due to the pressures from increased livestock, deforestation and Chemicals and Waste with regards to mining activities, taking account of problems of potential desertification issues in Mongolia.

 

2

To ensure that the title and objectives of the project reflect the wider basin, for example the River Selenga/Lake Baikal or to broaden the scope to include all three transboundary basins between the Russian Federation and Mongolia. The title would help mitigate any concerns that the project is perceived as a ‘Russian’ project. However it will be important to continue to stress that any SAP intervention is being approached as a ‘regional’ initiative, irrespective of where the main PMU is located.

3

The SAP implementation should assist in developing concrete action plans in the basin to assist with direct actions that could be implemented at different levels. To ensure that the interests of other ministries (specifically, economy, industry, agriculture, tourism, power, etc.) are addressed and reflected in implementation action plans.

4

To increase the focus of the project on issues that are affecting Mongolia through replication /upscaling of practical demonstrations tested under this project (e.g. mining) and to investigate issues of specific concern to the Selenga River Basin in Mongolia (e.g. land use and over grazing).

5

To further engage local communities and NGOs to develop local action plans including: river basin management plans, local biodiversity conservation plans and to promote advocacy and raise awareness.

6

To further promote the standardisation of methods of monitoring and analysis and data management.

7

To further explore options to enhance the working of the transboundary Joint Commission through to meet the needs of the SAP and the management of resources, building on the legal assessment conducted by the current project.

8

To facilitate links where needed with UNECE Helsinki Agreement in Mongolia.

9

To continue the strong links with local/national institutions that can further foster country ownership of actions.

1. Recommendation:

The TE recommends that a new project is developed by Mongolia, Russian Federation and UNDP, that has a focus on SAP implementation addressing GEF multi focal areas of relevance to the River Selenga/Lake Baikal basin as a regional project. Specifically International Waters, Biodiversity, Climate Change. In addition it would be of interest to investigate Land Degradation due to the pressures from increased livestock, deforestation and Chemicals and Waste with regards to mining activities, taking account of problems of potential desertification issues in Mongolia.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources. ]
Tentative time-frame, if project is approved. History
2. Recommendation:

To ensure that the title and objectives of the project reflect the wider basin, for example the River Selenga/Lake Baikal or to broaden the scope to include all three transboundary basins between the Russian Federation and Mongolia. The title would help mitigate any concerns that the project is perceived as a ‘Russian’ project. However it will be important to continue to stress that any SAP intervention is being approached as a ‘regional’ initiative, irrespective of where the main PMU is located.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History
3. Recommendation:

The SAP implementation should assist in developing concrete action plans in the basin to assist with direct actions that could be implemented at different levels. To ensure that the interests of other ministries (specifically, economy, industry, agriculture, tourism, power, etc.) are addressed and reflected in implementation action plans.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History
4. Recommendation:

To increase the focus of the project on issues that are affecting Mongolia through replication /upscaling of practical demonstrations tested under this project (e.g. mining) and to investigate issues of specific concern to the Selenga River Basin in Mongolia (e.g. land use and over grazing).

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History
5. Recommendation:

To further engage local communities and NGOs to develop local action plans including: river basin management plans, local biodiversity conservation plans and to promote advocacy and raise awareness.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF.
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History
6. Recommendation:

To further promote the standardisation of methods of monitoring and analysis and data management.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF.
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul. 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History
7. Recommendation:

To further explore options to enhance the working of the transboundary Joint Commission through to meet the needs of the SAP and the management of resources, building on the legal assessment conducted by the current project.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF.
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul. 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History
8. Recommendation:

To facilitate links where needed with UNECE Helsinki Agreement in Mongolia.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Under discussion with UNECE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNECE and UNDP CO will initiate discussions with the Government.
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
UNECE. 2016/04 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The project is completed. No follow up project appeared to be possible. ]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History
9. Recommendation:

To continue the strong links with local/national institutions that can further foster country ownership of actions.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/04/19]

Excellent recommendation! Well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a SAP Implementation PIF.
[Added: 2016/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
PMU of the SAP project / UNDP IW RTA in Istanbul 2016/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Russian Federation is not programming GEF resources]
Tentative time frame, if project is approved. History

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