"Strengthening the effectiveness of the National Protected Area System by including a landscape approach to management.â?? Proyect Terminal Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Uruguay
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2020
Completion Date:
02/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title "Strengthening the effectiveness of the National Protected Area System by including a landscape approach to management.â?? Proyect Terminal Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00077444
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Uruguay
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2020
Planned End Date: 03/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.4.1 Gender-responsive legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions strengthened, and solutions adopted, to address conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing of natural resources, in line with international conventions and national legislation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG Target
  • 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • 14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
  • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Presupuesto del Proyecto
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Oscar Huertas International Consultant oscarhuertas77@gmail.com COLOMBIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Stregthening effectiviness of the national protected area system by including a landscape approach to management
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4841
PIMS Number: 4832
Key Stakeholders: GEF, MVOTMA, MGAP, MINTUR, AUCI
Countries: URUGUAY
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Future intervention needs to reduce dependence on external factors such as political will, or bureaucratic processes, hence, it is recommended to stablish realistic goals in the projects´ lifecycles, considering political times and other matters out of the interventions controlFuturFuture

 

2

Advances in inter-institutional coordination at the national level must be transferred to the local level so that in all areas there are good levels of coordination with the other entities; since the project aimed at enabling an institutional framework , it is recommended to establish local plans and strategies, integrate inter-institutional teams, and even set up joint offices with other Ministries and Agencies (if possible)

3

With the experience gained in the creation of protected areas in different parts, it is recommended to record the success factors for the viability of a protected area, including political, social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects.

4

For future projects that involve aspects of public policy, it is recommended that the design encompass aspects that can be achieved with the resources and timeline of the project, that establish a measurement based on scope indicators of milestones

5

Given the limited resources from authorities at the local level, and also the bureaucratic processes, it is recommended to analyze whether the approach should be taken in the development of management plans or territorial planning instruments and decide on any of these. According to the sources of information consulted, the advantage of land use plans is their binding nature and access to budget resources.

1. Recommendation:

Future intervention needs to reduce dependence on external factors such as political will, or bureaucratic processes, hence, it is recommended to stablish realistic goals in the projects´ lifecycles, considering political times and other matters out of the interventions controlFuturFuture

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed. However, in the implementation of a public policy, such as SNAP, the number and depth of the links expands and deepens with the development of the system itself.  And this almost inevitably, results in an increase in the loss of relative control over some processes and their times

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include in the planning, different possible scenarios
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Gerencia Ecosistemas (DINAMA – MVOTMA 2021/12 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Advances in inter-institutional coordination at the national level must be transferred to the local level so that in all areas there are good levels of coordination with the other entities; since the project aimed at enabling an institutional framework , it is recommended to establish local plans and strategies, integrate inter-institutional teams, and even set up joint offices with other Ministries and Agencies (if possible)

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed. With this objective, the National Steering Committee (CNA) and the Local Steering Committees (CAEs) were created in the SNAP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
­ -Update the integration of the CNA according to the new government. ­ -Take the opportunity to communicate to the new authorities at central and local level about SNAP ­ -Capitalize the planning instances in the areas (during the management plans) so that these agreements between institutions maintain their correlation at the local level
[Added: 2020/07/27]
División SNAP (DINAMA – MVOTMA 2025/01 Initiated To be completed during the period 2020-2025 History
3. Recommendation:

With the experience gained in the creation of protected areas in different parts, it is recommended to record the success factors for the viability of a protected area, including political, social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed. We must reinforce the capitalization of these success factors by those who are not directly involved, sharing these reflections and turning them into true learning for the entire System

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
­ Implement regional workshops (teams) based on achievements, analyzing these success factors according to the matrix developed for the “capitalization of learning and lessons”. ­ -Launch support for the systematization of these “learning and lessons” on the SNAP Information System (SISNAP) platform. ­ -Generalize the use of SISNAP.
[Added: 2020/07/27]
División SNAP (DINAMA – MVOTMA 2025/01 Initiated To be completed during the perior 2020-2025
4. Recommendation:

For future projects that involve aspects of public policy, it is recommended that the design encompass aspects that can be achieved with the resources and timeline of the project, that establish a measurement based on scope indicators of milestones

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27] [Last Updated: 2020/07/27]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
­Incorporate this recommendation during the implementation of the new project, currently under evaluation by GEF.
[Added: 2020/07/27]
División SNAP (DINAMA – MVOTMA) 2021/03 Completed Completed History
5. Recommendation:

Given the limited resources from authorities at the local level, and also the bureaucratic processes, it is recommended to analyze whether the approach should be taken in the development of management plans or territorial planning instruments and decide on any of these. According to the sources of information consulted, the advantage of land use plans is their binding nature and access to budget resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed. We have good experiences when the management plans and territorial planning instruments are being prepared simultaneously and there is a possibility of dialogue between both teams in charge

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate this recommendation during the implementation of the new project, currently under evaluation by GEF
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Gerencia Ecosistemas y División SNAP (DINAMA – MVOTMA 2025/01 Initiated To be completed during the period 2020-2025

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