BRA18/003 Acess to Benefit Sharing / BID

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
09/2021
Completion Date:
07/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title BRA18/003 Acess to Benefit Sharing / BID
Atlas Project Number: 00097577
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2022, Brazil
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2021
Planned End Date: 09/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • 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
  • 1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • 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
  • 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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: IDB - Interamerican Development Bank
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Guilherme M de Macedo PhD BRAZIL
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening on the National Framework for Access and Benefit Sharing under the Nagoya Protocol
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5760
PIMS Number: 0000
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment
Countries: BRAZIL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The Department of Genetic Heritage (DPG) technical team should officially resume its responsibilities. The analysts’ knowledge of the project, its activities, and objectives, is essential for its execution.

2

The establishment of a “task force” with DGH /MMA and PMU analysts, in the format of the first semester of 2020, to resume the processes which were interrupted in 2020/2021. The DPB/SBio/MMA should prioritize execution of the project activities envisaged.

3

Re-forming the team of project analysts and encouraging direct, daily communication with the management unit. The project technical coordination and DGH/MMA management should work on joint planning with the analysts and PMU, to authorize and supervise the processes which have been defined, supported by the analysts’ knowledge.

4

Referring to the cancellation of the study to investigate the Brazilian biodiversity market and potential of the resources to be invested in the National Benefit Sharing Fund. We recommend resuming the contracting process. The study will produce valuable information to highlight the use of legal ways to access biodiversity. Its product will provide guidance to decision-makers on the Fund’s operations and the needs of the biodiversity market.

5

Include activities that focus on these two sectors - of actions to disseminate legal and practical ABS knowledge to the business sector and legal practitioners - in project planning.  Specify the planning and results on the Project Information Reports.

6

Referring to the Lack of clarity of result 1.3 (“Key productive sectors with regulations and procedures standardized and harmonized with the ABS law and NP”), the recommendation is altering the goal for the number of people from IPTCFF groups, legal practitioners, company representatives, public officials and academic researchers who take part in training.

7

Resume preparing the Access and Benefit Sharing site, which is a tool to be used by users/researchers/academics, companies, providers and public officials. The multiple purposes of the site could be integrated with the MMA site, producing considerable added value for the activity.

8

Referring to the suspension of the following activities: Preparation of SisGen manuals, Digital Certification services and SisGen compatibilization with other information systems. The recommendation is to resume the contracting processes. Although version 2.0 of SisGen has not been finalized, the preparation of manuals is possible, linked to the products that have already been delivered. The other services will provide more security to the system and facilitate the enforcement activity with other government bodies.

9

Planning (and incorporation into the logic matrix/work plan) of activities to support the peer- educators, such as support for specific regional workshops for indigenous peoples, traditional communities, and family farmers. The project needs to clarify the strategy and training process for academia, IPTCFFs, legal practitioners, public officials, and companies.

10

Planning workshops on the results of the Community Protocol construction process, as well as capacity building programe with mass participation by environmental analysts, who should/could guide other processes, appropriating the knowledge. The project needs to clarify the sustainability of the instrument constructed, to be used in national public policy, as a tool to implement the Nagoya Protocol.

11

We recommend that the implementing agency closely follows-up the development of activities with the PMU/UNDP and TCU/MMA, to be able to act in a timely manner when required.

1. Recommendation:

The Department of Genetic Heritage (DPG) technical team should officially resume its responsibilities. The analysts’ knowledge of the project, its activities, and objectives, is essential for its execution.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/03/29]

The Direction of DGH is expected to provide a technical team of 3 analysts as well as a project manager focused on the ABS Project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support capacity building and learning curve of the DGH team;
[Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/07/05]
UNDP 2022/06 Completed Support capacity building sessions organized. History
Provide support and keep the high level meetings to keep Ministry of Environment on board.
[Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/07/05]
UNDP 2022/06 Completed High level meetings organized. History
Have M&E meetings on a week base to guarantee proper engagement;
[Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/07/05]
UNDP 2022/06 Completed Have M&E meetings organized. History
2. Recommendation:

The establishment of a “task force” with DGH /MMA and PMU analysts, in the format of the first semester of 2020, to resume the processes which were interrupted in 2020/2021. The DPB/SBio/MMA should prioritize execution of the project activities envisaged.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28]

As mentioned above, a DGH team expect to provide for the ABS Project and from March 2022 and on, weekly meetings were established between the DGH and UNDP team to redesign the project workplan, which includes resume the processes and activities that were interrupted due to the pandemic and government demands, extend some contracts to allow delivery of key products to the achievement of the project’s outcomes, and the signature of new contracts needed to the project implementation and 2022 workplan. Due to the interruptions of 2020/2021 and in order to better achieve the outcomes of the project, the UNDP team started the process to demand the extension of the project duration for March 2023, already approved by the Project Board (ABS/BID/UNDP/MMA).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide support and keep the high level meetings to keep Ministry of environment on board;
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
Have M&E meetings on a week base to guarantee proper engagement;
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Re-forming the team of project analysts and encouraging direct, daily communication with the management unit. The project technical coordination and DGH/MMA management should work on joint planning with the analysts and PMU, to authorize and supervise the processes which have been defined, supported by the analysts’ knowledge.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/03/29]

Together with the DGH team, the UNDP Project Team established weekly meeting to keep the workflow needed to implement the activities established on the 2021 and 2022 Workplan.

The UNDP project team strengthened the relationship with the Ministry of Environment team.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Have M&E meetings on a week base to guarantee proper engagement;
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
Keep a roll basis contact with the Ministry of the Environment team.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Referring to the cancellation of the study to investigate the Brazilian biodiversity market and potential of the resources to be invested in the National Benefit Sharing Fund. We recommend resuming the contracting process. The study will produce valuable information to highlight the use of legal ways to access biodiversity. Its product will provide guidance to decision-makers on the Fund’s operations and the needs of the biodiversity market.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]

The Project team, aligned with the Ministry of Environment, will build an Updated Workplan that also was approved by the IDB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analysis and align with the Ministry of Environment the coherence of including these activities inside the Workplan for 2022-2023.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
If approved update the activities in the workplan.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Include activities that focus on these two sectors - of actions to disseminate legal and practical ABS knowledge to the business sector and legal practitioners - in project planning.  Specify the planning and results on the Project Information Reports.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28]

The Project team, aligned with Ministry of Environment, will build an Updated Workplan that also was approved by the IDB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analysis and align with the Ministry of Environment the coherence of including these activities inside the Workplan for 2022-2023.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
If approved update the activities in the workplan.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Referring to the Lack of clarity of result 1.3 (“Key productive sectors with regulations and procedures standardized and harmonized with the ABS law and NP”), the recommendation is altering the goal for the number of people from IPTCFF groups, legal practitioners, company representatives, public officials and academic researchers who take part in training.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28]

The Project team, aligned with Ministry of Environment, will build an Updated Workplan that also was approved by the IDB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analysis and align with the Ministry of environment the coherence of changing the indicators and include the recommendation inside the Workplan for 2022-2023.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
If approved update the indicators and M&E tables
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Resume preparing the Access and Benefit Sharing site, which is a tool to be used by users/researchers/academics, companies, providers and public officials. The multiple purposes of the site could be integrated with the MMA site, producing considerable added value for the activity.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/03/29]

The Project team, aligned with the Ministry of Environment, will build an Updated Workplan that also was approved by the IDB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analysis and align with the Ministry of environment the coherence of including these activities inside the Workplan for 2022-2023.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
Update a Communication and engagement strategy of the project
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
If approved update the activities in the workplan
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Referring to the suspension of the following activities: Preparation of SisGen manuals, Digital Certification services and SisGen compatibilization with other information systems. The recommendation is to resume the contracting processes. Although version 2.0 of SisGen has not been finalized, the preparation of manuals is possible, linked to the products that have already been delivered. The other services will provide more security to the system and facilitate the enforcement activity with other government bodies.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28] [Last Updated: 2022/03/29]

The Project team, aligned with the Ministry of Environment, will build an Updated Workplan that also was approved by the IDB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analysis and align with the Ministry of environment the coherence of including these activities inside the Workplan for 2022-2023.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
If approved update the activities in the workplan
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Planning (and incorporation into the logic matrix/work plan) of activities to support the peer- educators, such as support for specific regional workshops for indigenous peoples, traditional communities, and family farmers. The project needs to clarify the strategy and training process for academia, IPTCFFs, legal practitioners, public officials, and companies.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28]

The Project team, aligned with the Ministry of Environment, will build an Updated Workplan that also was approved by the IDB.

UNDP project team is also strengthening the partnership with other projects that need also to draft a stakeholder engagement plan.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analysis and align with the Ministry of environment the coherence of including these activities inside the Workplan for 2022-2023.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
Draft a stakeholder engagement plan to be implemented for the 2022-2023 period
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
10. Recommendation:

Planning workshops on the results of the Community Protocol construction process, as well as capacity building programe with mass participation by environmental analysts, who should/could guide other processes, appropriating the knowledge. The project needs to clarify the sustainability of the instrument constructed, to be used in national public policy, as a tool to implement the Nagoya Protocol.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28]

The Project team, aligned with Ministry of environment, will build an Updated Workplan that also was approved by the IDB.

Resume capacity building programs/training programs to benefit all publics (Academy, PiCTAFs, Judicial, private sector and Government) relating to Nagoya Protocol instruments and national legislation on ABS. The project will retake the capacity building activities stooped due to the Pandemic.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analysis and align with the Ministry of environment the coherence of including these activities inside the Workplan for 2022-2023.
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
Update a Communication and engagement strategy of the project
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
If approved update the activities in the workplan
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
11. Recommendation:

We recommend that the implementing agency closely follows-up the development of activities with the PMU/UNDP and TCU/MMA, to be able to act in a timely manner when required.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/28]

The UNDP project team and the Ministry of Environment team are having regular M&E meetings and will plan regularly informing meetings to the Head of the environment unit in UNDP and also leadership in the Ministry of Environment.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide support and keep the high level meetings to keep the Ministry of Environment on board;
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated
Have M&E meetings on a week base to guarantee proper engagement;
[Added: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/09 Initiated

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