Mid-Term Review “Conservation-oriented management of forests and wetlands to achieve multiple benefits”

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Belarus
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
Completion Date:
Management Response:
Evaluation Budget(US $):


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Title Mid-Term Review “Conservation-oriented management of forests and wetlands to achieve multiple benefits”
Atlas Project Number: 00090217
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Belarus
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2020
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • 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
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
  • 15.5 Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species
Evaluation Budget(US $): 23,250
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 23,250
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Jean-Joseph Bellamy Team leader
Sergei Gotin National evaluator
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Wetlands
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: 0000
Key Stakeholders: Line Ministries; Implementing Partners; CSOs, private sector.

• In order to ensure a good participation of civil society in the implementation of a project, it is critical to engage Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) early in the formulation process of this type of projects and to co-share the ownership of the project strategy.
• A project that is a response to clear national needs and priorities is often highly relevant for stakeholders and its chance of being implemented effectively are maximized.
• A good design leads to a good implementation, which in turn leads to good project results. There is more chance for a project well designed to be a success. Every steps of the way count in the success of a project; it is a lot easier to succeed when all these steps are relevant and clear to be implemented.
• Implementation through government entities as custodians of project achievements is conducive to good long-term sustainability of project achievements.
• When a project is part of a long-term strategy to address national needs and priorities in one area, it has a stronger baseline to start with; it benefits from past experiences and lessons learned and it is more effective in producing the desired changes.
• When gender considerations are limited in the project strategy/project document, there is a high risk that gender mainstreaming will be limited throughout the implementation of the project; particularly if it is not part of measuring the performance of the project.
• A strong participation of stakeholders in the implementation of a project including its decision-making process enables conflict minimization and improve development of innovative solutions.
• Project management driven by consensus among stakeholders provides a good platform for an effective project.


Recommendation 1: Focus on the development of a “financially self-sufficient approach to the management of forests and wetlands” during the remaining period of implementation.


Evaluation Recommendation 2: Develop a plan for increasing the engagement of civil society and private sector; particularly for the conservation of biodiversity outside KBAs.


Evaluation Recommendation 3: Undertake a socio-economic valuation study of peatlands. It would provide critical information on gauging the importance of these ecosystems on livelihoods of surrounding local communities and demonstrate the socio-economic value of these ecosystems.


Evaluation Recommendation 4: Organize annual technical reviews with “field day(s)” to exchange knowledge and observe piloted measures bringing together stakeholders including national decision-makers, local administrations, civil society and private sector.


Evaluation Recommendation 5: Conduct comprehensive capacity assessments of park and reserve administrations to identify capacity gaps and needs and allocate project resources to consolidate key capacities.


Evaluation Recommendation 6: Strengthen the gender mainstreaming approach of the project and assess how men and women can be part of the solution to restore and conserve peatlands.


Evaluation Recommendation 7: Review the indicator measuring the funding gap and establish a more meaningful target for the financial sustainability of the pilot reserves.


Evaluation Recommendation 8: Add the risk of a lack of financial resources to sustain project achievements after the project end.


Evaluation Recommendation 9: Develop a project exit strategy (in early 2022).

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