Mid-term review of the project on Mongolia’s Network of Managed Resource Protected Areas

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Mongolia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
11/2016
Completion Date:
11/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,196

The project has been successful with strengthening the legislative framework regarding protected areas.  It appears likely that the new government (which was elected during the MTR) will approve the proposed amended legislation this year.  This will significantly help Mongolia to achieve its objective of designating 30% of its land as “protected area”.  At present, 17.4% of Mongolia is classified as SPA. Once the new law is approved, another 10% (16.2 million ha by June 2016) of the country which is designated as Local Protected Area (LPA) and Community Managed Area will be included in the SPA, amounting to 27.4% of the country.  Many of the 1,197 LPAs are in steppe ecosystems (High Mountain Steppe, Meadow Steppe, Moderate Dry Steppe, Dry Steppe, and Desert Steppe).  Thus, inclusion of these LPAs into the SPA network will dramatically increase the representation of these currently under-represented ecosystems within the PA system. 

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Title Mid-term review of the project on Mongolia’s Network of Managed Resource Protected Areas
Atlas Project Number: 00074554
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Mongolia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2016
Planned End Date: 11/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. 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
SDG Target
  • 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
  • 15.4 By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,196
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 25,196
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Virginia Ravndal Ms. vravndal@mindspring.com
D. Narantuya Ms. dnarantuyad@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Mongolia’s Network of Managed Resource Protected Areas
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 4562
PIMS Number: 4393
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment and Green Development, TNC, KfW, Agency for Land Affairs, Geodesy and Cartography
Countries: MONGOLIA
Comments:

The project has been successful with strengthening the legislative framework regarding protected areas.  It appears likely that the new government (which was elected during the MTR) will approve the proposed amended legislation this year.  This will significantly help Mongolia to achieve its objective of designating 30% of its land as “protected area”.  At present, 17.4% of Mongolia is classified as SPA. Once the new law is approved, another 10% (16.2 million ha by June 2016) of the country which is designated as Local Protected Area (LPA) and Community Managed Area will be included in the SPA, amounting to 27.4% of the country.  Many of the 1,197 LPAs are in steppe ecosystems (High Mountain Steppe, Meadow Steppe, Moderate Dry Steppe, Dry Steppe, and Desert Steppe).  Thus, inclusion of these LPAs into the SPA network will dramatically increase the representation of these currently under-represented ecosystems within the PA system. 

 

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Ensure project trainings, including training on monitoring of wildlife and habitat, is consistent with new standards adopted by the MEGDT. 

2

Modify the composition of the PB to be more in line with best practices related to UNDP-supported, GEF-financed projects which suggest that a wider range of stakeholders represented on Project Boards including NGOs and technical experts in relevant fields who may not be working with government, is helpful to project success. 

3

Modify the composition of the Technical Committee to include more people with on-the-ground practical experience with relevant initiatives in Mongolia such as, for example, those with experience with species reintroduction efforts, community managed hunting areas, ecotourism, wildlife and habitat monitoring, wildlife conservation contracts, livestock risk revolving funds, pasture offset initiatives.

4

The MTR believes there is still plenty of work to be done in relation to building capacity of LPA management entities, supporting the implementation of management/business plans of the three LPAs, figuring out and putting into place sustainable financing mechanisms for the three LPAs, pursuing collaboration with the private sector, and supporting the identification, production and marketing of products by CBOs. The MTR recommends that the project continue on to its original closing date and not be closed early.

5

Actively pursue collaboration with the private sector as part of a project exit strategy immediately following the MTR. Support CBOs to identify, design and produce innovative, eco-friendly products with even greater value-added. The project should help make connections between private companies producing similar products.

6

a) Ensure financial sustainability of LPAs: Gulzat – sort out the issue of the basis on which the number of hunting permits is issued; Khavtgar – review existing Tourism Plan prepared by GTZ; T-K – carefully study past and ongoing examples of Livestock Risk Revolving Fund;

b) Adopt an incremental buy-in approach related to seven positions currently paid by project.   

7

Clarify the TOR for the national financial sustainability consultant and for the International Biodiversity Consultant. 

8

Critical to be clear on the objective, best target audience of the study tour, agree on follow up actions with the participants before the study tour take place. The MTR suggests to learn more on CBNRM, community hunting management in Mongolia. 

9

Establish connectivity between the 3 LPAs and the nearby SPAs and ensure that key landscape features are included within the protected landscape. 

10

Recommendations for WG on revision of Law on Fauna (Hunting): a) specific penalties regarding non-compliance be introduced in the revised regulations; b) not just research institutions but CBOs and others can do wildlife census once they pass quality control standards; c) stipulate once a sustainable population reached for a given species within its contiguous range, that hunting -either subsistence or trophy both – will be allowed.    

11

The project should work closely with Government to decide how best to proceed to achieve the objective of providing ongoing monitoring, support and extension training for those involved with LPAs whether that be a resource center or a different institutional mechanism.

12

Ensure maximum effectiveness of project effort regarding database.  Prepare a draft order for consideration by Government regarding inter-ministerial cooperation between the MEGDT, the Mining Cadastral Authority, and the Land Management Agency in which the three would agree that anything entered into the database of one is automatically shared with the others (e.g. through a simple email alert).  Include in the proposed revisions to the old Regulation for taking land under LPA the stipulation that once entered in the LPA database, an LPA is automatically considered to be entered in the Mining database and therefore protected from mining exploration. 

13

Livestock components of LPA management plans need to be directly linked to environmental conservation.  One recommendation is to increase profit of herders by reducing or eliminating middlemen.  Consider providing herders with sheering equipment that will increase amount of wool produced per animal.  Suggest CBO members agree to certain terms that will result in environmental benefit (e.g., agree to reduce livestock numbers by equivalent as what is gained from benefit provided by cutting out middleman or providing sheers, agree to monitor grassland with agreed upon methodology for doing vegetative transects and base their livestock numbers are results of vegetative transects, etc).

14

Wildlife and habitat monitoring: 1) Rangers and local decision makers need to be clear on why and what they are monitoring; 2) conduct monitoring in the entire area they use; 3) use a single standard methodology and ensure information sharing between soums to have an overall picture; and 4) set a clear target and letting people know where you are in terms of reaching that target. (integrated with the Recommendation #15).

15

At present, individuals are limited to accessing the SGP one time, yet those individuals who successfully use their grant may or may not be able to continue at the level they achieved with the small grant.  Allow successful SGP recipients to access fund more than once but after first time it becomes a low-interest loan (offered through the SGP) instead of a grant.  Loan is repaid into SGP trust fund. 

16

Livestock Risk Revolving Fund: With the support of national and international consultants to look at the fund in greater detail and make specific recommendations regarding how the fund could be modified to achieve the desired biodiversity results.  

17

Reduce the size of the PIU soon after the MTR.  Consider eliminating the policy advisor and secretary positions.  The new M&E and Community Development Officer should spend a good proportion of his time in the 3 LPAs. 

1. Recommendation:

Ensure project trainings, including training on monitoring of wildlife and habitat, is consistent with new standards adopted by the MEGDT. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Follow up on a new Brand Book, consistent with the new standards which is developed with KfW support and Training Module for Rangers and PA managers.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a. Discuss and introduce the draft Brand Book; b. Ensure that training for Rangers conducted in accordance with the standards of a new Brand Book and Training module for Rangers
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
NPC, NPD 2016/11 Completed Training for Volunteer Rangers of 3 target LPAs and Rangers from relevant SPA administrations has been held on 16-17 November in UB (Bogdkhan PA). History
2. Recommendation:

Modify the composition of the PB to be more in line with best practices related to UNDP-supported, GEF-financed projects which suggest that a wider range of stakeholders represented on Project Boards including NGOs and technical experts in relevant fields who may not be working with government, is helpful to project success. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Prepare a proposal - an updated composition of the PB following MTE recommendation, agree with the UNDP and submit to MET for approval.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare proposal of an updated PB, agree with newly selected members. Submit an updated proposal to MET for approval by the Minister.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
NPC, NPD, PO UNDP 2016/08 Completed Minister’s Order #A/81 dated October 25, 2016 on approval of the PB. Chairman of the board is State Secretary and NPC serves as secretary to the board. A total of 11 members in the board which are as follows: 1 representative from MoF, 3 members from MET (NPD of Director of PAAD, Head of International Relations Division, Director of Monitoring and Internal Auditing Department), Directors of WWF and TNC, Director of Institute of Biology, aimag Governors of 3 target aimags and Director of one SPA (Khan Khentii). History
Send project relevant information to members and organize next PB meeting.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
NPC, NPD, PO UNDP 2016/12 Completed PB meeting conducted on 6th Dec 2016 – approved 2017 AWP and Exit Strategy; introduced MTR management responses. History
3. Recommendation:

Modify the composition of the Technical Committee to include more people with on-the-ground practical experience with relevant initiatives in Mongolia such as, for example, those with experience with species reintroduction efforts, community managed hunting areas, ecotourism, wildlife and habitat monitoring, wildlife conservation contracts, livestock risk revolving funds, pasture offset initiatives.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Prepare a proposal – an updated composition of TC following MTE recommendations and get approved by NPD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.Prepare a proposal of an updated TC, agree with new members 2.Review rules for TC and get approved by NPD 3.Organize a meeting of TC before PB meeting
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
NPC, NPD, PO UNDP 2016/11 Completed Chairman of TC is a Director of Institute of Geography (same person). Members are all new people, including from MET, institute of Biology, WWF, TNC, Mongolian national university, Pasture Association (livestock risk fund) but most of them are well acknowledged and experienced in the respective fields. TC meeting is organized in 1st quarter 2017. History
4. Recommendation:

The MTR believes there is still plenty of work to be done in relation to building capacity of LPA management entities, supporting the implementation of management/business plans of the three LPAs, figuring out and putting into place sustainable financing mechanisms for the three LPAs, pursuing collaboration with the private sector, and supporting the identification, production and marketing of products by CBOs. The MTR recommends that the project continue on to its original closing date and not be closed early.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Introduce the recommendations of MTE to State Secretary and NPD and bring the issue to PB for approval

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review 2017 workplan and submit to MoF 2017 and 2018 budget plan.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
NPC, NPD 2016/07 Completed Revised budget plan for 2017-2018 submitted to MoF but the budget for 2018 need to re-submit again in the mid of 2017 for final integration
Discuss the recommendation and get approved the issue at Project Board.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
NPC, NPD 2016/12 Completed PB approves the original closing date of the project, as 30 June 2018 and gradual reduction of size of PIU as recommended by MTR. History
5. Recommendation:

Actively pursue collaboration with the private sector as part of a project exit strategy immediately following the MTR. Support CBOs to identify, design and produce innovative, eco-friendly products with even greater value-added. The project should help make connections between private companies producing similar products.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Explore potential collaboration with the private sector and other donor organizations as part of a project exit strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Assist soums of Tumenkhaan-shalz to become a member of Dornod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
PIU 2016/10 Completed Target 4 soums of Tumenkhaan-Shalz and khavtgar LPA became membership of DCCI History
Conduct dairy training to members of selected CBOs in UB, organize study tour to learn best practices of production, packaging and marketing from CBOs which run similar business.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/11 Completed
Assist CBOs to sell dairy products through exhibitions in Inner Mongolia (DCCI).
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/09 Completed
Establish MOU on future collaboration with DCCI.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/12 Completed
Joint collaboration with the Association of CBOs – training on making hand crafted wooden items, announce contest among forest CBOs, linking with the market, etc.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
PIU 2017/05 Completed Announced contest throughout the country, organized 2-days exhibition in UB, there were no potential CBO on making wooden items. History
6. Recommendation:

a) Ensure financial sustainability of LPAs: Gulzat – sort out the issue of the basis on which the number of hunting permits is issued; Khavtgar – review existing Tourism Plan prepared by GTZ; T-K – carefully study past and ongoing examples of Livestock Risk Revolving Fund;

b) Adopt an incremental buy-in approach related to seven positions currently paid by project.   

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Review recommendations of MTE on sustainable financing of 3 target LPAs and ensure implementation of potential activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a. Integrate comments received from IC on BD on Argali hunting and submit proposals to the WG on revision of the Law on Fauna; b. Review and provide comments to newly developed Hunting MP for Gulzat; c. Revise Tourism Plan for Khavtgar, explore possibilities of implementation of the plan; d. Conduct meeting with newly selected soum authorities to discuss overall project progress, agree on implementation of SF mechanisms and incremental buy-in approach to soum-level Rangers/Project local coordinators.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
NPC, NPD, PIU 2016/11 Completed The Tourism Plan of Khavtgar was explored properly. It’s established collaboration with Polish hunting association. History
Cooperation with Green Gold project of the SDC on a) co-funding of the Revolving Fund (LRF), b)develop rules of the fund to be linked to environmental conservation;
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
NPC, NPD, PIU 2017/03 Completed Agreed to cooperate with Green Gold programme in all 3 soums of T=K (Bayan-uul and Tsagaan-ovoo and Norovlin) on: a) establishing Revolving Fund with joint co-funding; and b) Project target CBOs will be the core units for establishing larger Pasture User Groups; c) co-funding of training and study tours. Rules for the fund has to be developed appropriately. History
Ensure implementation of Eco school programme in 3 soums of T-K with the support of Canada Fund.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
NPC, NPD, PIU 2016/11 Completed It was received a total of 16.8 mln MNT from Canada Fund for implementation of the next phase (1st phase was funded by MRPA) of Eco school programme in T-K LPA.
7. Recommendation:

Clarify the TOR for the national financial sustainability consultant and for the International Biodiversity Consultant. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Clarify tasks and deliverables in the ToR for the National Consultant on sustainable financing and International Consultant on Biodiversity.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a.Evaluate progress, clarify and agree with the NC on SF on tasks and deliverables in the ToR till end of the assignment; b.Clarify and agree with the IC on BD on tasks and deliverables in the ToR
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PO UNDP , PIU 2016/10 Completed
8. Recommendation:

Critical to be clear on the objective, best target audience of the study tour, agree on follow up actions with the participants before the study tour take place. The MTR suggests to learn more on CBNRM, community hunting management in Mongolia. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/01/06]

Agree with the careful planning of the study tours is important.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The MTR recommendations are discussed at the Board.  
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/12 Completed
9. Recommendation:

Establish connectivity between the 3 LPAs and the nearby SPAs and ensure that key landscape features are included within the protected landscape. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Undertake required actions to establish connectivity between target Locally Protected Areas and nearby Specially Protected Areas. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Expand Gulzat LPA to Uureg Lake area (area left between Gulzat and 2 SPAs) which will result in ensuring movement of Argali and other wildlife and integral conservation of their habitat.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
UNDP, NPC 2016/11 Completed The area of Gulzat was expanded by 81,325 ha and became 297,550 ha. Based on TNC research, it was developed justification and relevant supporting documents and maps for expansion of Gulzat LPA, discussed and approved by aimag Khural Presidium on 4 Nove 2016 for further approval by aimag Representative Khural, and submission to Mining Authority.
10. Recommendation:

Recommendations for WG on revision of Law on Fauna (Hunting): a) specific penalties regarding non-compliance be introduced in the revised regulations; b) not just research institutions but CBOs and others can do wildlife census once they pass quality control standards; c) stipulate once a sustainable population reached for a given species within its contiguous range, that hunting -either subsistence or trophy both – will be allowed.    

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Compile comments on the revised Law on Fauna and submit to the WG.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Compile comments provided by International Consultant on Biodiversity and Ministry of Environment and submit to the Working Group.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
NPC and NPD 2016/11 Completed
11. Recommendation:

The project should work closely with Government to decide how best to proceed to achieve the objective of providing ongoing monitoring, support and extension training for those involved with LPAs whether that be a resource center or a different institutional mechanism.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

a. Draft report of consultancy and provide feedback jointly with PAAD and b. Final report and recommendations and submit to PAAD and WG on law revision

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct training to Rangers from 3 target LPAs to come to final agreement on monitoring routes identified jointly with NC on BD, enhance knowledge and skills of monitoring
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU, NPD 2016/11 Completed Training conducted on 16-17 Nov 2016.
- Provide guidance and oversee ongoing monitoring following an identified routes; - Conduct training to Rangers located in the expanded area of Gulzat, Sagil soum, provide with monitoring books and handouts
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
PIU 2017/06 Completed Regular monitoring of key species is ongoing with the support of neighboring SPAs in all 3 target LPAs Management Council of T-K has expanded and now consists of a total 11 members: soum governor, environmental inspectors and LPA Rangers of 3 target soums; directors of 2 neibouring SPAs. Established MOU on joint actions towards conservation of Gazelle and its habitat, prevention from steppe and forest fire, pasture management. History
Organize meeting among SPAs, soums, NGO and relevant donor organizations (TNC, WWF) to agree on applying one methodology for monitoring of key species (Argali sheep, Gazelle, marmot, birds, etc.), exchanging the data and information and building database at SPAs for further submission to MET.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/12 Completed Meeting and discussions are conducted with TNC, Onon Balj and Dornod SPAs.
- Facilitate expansion of the Management Council of T-K with involvement of representatives from 2 SPAs, River basin administration and TNC or seek for establishing joint Management Council with already existed council of Tosonkhulstai NP; - Assist 3 soums of T-K to integrate biodiversity conservation and connectivity approaches in 2017 annual Land Use Plan.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/11 Completed
12. Recommendation:

Ensure maximum effectiveness of project effort regarding database.  Prepare a draft order for consideration by Government regarding inter-ministerial cooperation between the MEGDT, the Mining Cadastral Authority, and the Land Management Agency in which the three would agree that anything entered into the database of one is automatically shared with the others (e.g. through a simple email alert).  Include in the proposed revisions to the old Regulation for taking land under LPA the stipulation that once entered in the LPA database, an LPA is automatically considered to be entered in the Mining database and therefore protected from mining exploration. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Continue to assist maintenance of the LPA database and finalize revision of the Regulation for taking land under LPA.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Keep maintenance of the database in close cooperation with aimag Land and Environment offices and provide guidance; Conduct meeting with newly appointed concerned officials from ALAGAC and Mining Authority , agree on mechanisms of exchanging data and using same data for decision making; Facilitate in establishing MOU between ALAGAC, Mining Authority and PAAD, MET on defining clearly the roles of each organization in LPA database maintenance.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/11 Completed Since completion of MTE a total of 592 LPA data of 14 aimags have been corrected and maintained in the database.
Finalize development of the Regulation for taking land under LPA and assist in approval.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/09/04]
PIU 2017/06 Completed History
13. Recommendation:

Livestock components of LPA management plans need to be directly linked to environmental conservation.  One recommendation is to increase profit of herders by reducing or eliminating middlemen.  Consider providing herders with sheering equipment that will increase amount of wool produced per animal.  Suggest CBO members agree to certain terms that will result in environmental benefit (e.g., agree to reduce livestock numbers by equivalent as what is gained from benefit provided by cutting out middleman or providing sheers, agree to monitor grassland with agreed upon methodology for doing vegetative transects and base their livestock numbers are results of vegetative transects, etc).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Explore best practices of previously implemented and ongoing projects on land and pasture management to ensure link between livestock issues and environmental protection.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore possibilities and capacity of sheering equipment, make estimations of potential profit of using this equipment; In the framework of collaboration with the Green Gold, agree on grassland management activities in T-K to be directly linked to environmental conservation.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU, NPD 2016/11 Completed
14. Recommendation:

Wildlife and habitat monitoring: 1) Rangers and local decision makers need to be clear on why and what they are monitoring; 2) conduct monitoring in the entire area they use; 3) use a single standard methodology and ensure information sharing between soums to have an overall picture; and 4) set a clear target and letting people know where you are in terms of reaching that target. (integrated with the Recommendation #15).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Ensure implementation of MTE recommendations in target soums.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Develop training handout on monitoring of particular species to be used by Rangers and local decision makers (NC on BD) and print out for distribution to Rangers; - Conduct training to Rangers on overall monitoring issues per MTE recommendation and monitoring methodology; Agree with concerned SPAs, TNC and WWF on using a single standard methodology and information sharing; - Prepare and place information at Information Boards of the soum and aimag (See response to Rec #13 and Rec#14).
[Added: 2017/01/06]
PIU 2016/12 Completed
15. Recommendation:

At present, individuals are limited to accessing the SGP one time, yet those individuals who successfully use their grant may or may not be able to continue at the level they achieved with the small grant.  Allow successful SGP recipients to access fund more than once but after first time it becomes a low-interest loan (offered through the SGP) instead of a grant.  Loan is repaid into SGP trust fund. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Assist in establishing appropriate mechanisms to adequately assess implementation of SGP, review rules for Revolving Fund.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Strengthen capacity of Gulzat NGO in successfully running Revolving Fund, review rule for the fund (offer low-interest loan, re-payment, assessment, decision); - Assist in establishing Revolving Fund in T-K (co-funding with Green Gold, develop rules); - Assist in establishing Revolving Fund in Khavtgar or seek for integration with Buffer Zone Fund, develop or review rules for the fund.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/11/19]
PIU, NPD 2017/12 Completed For Tumenkhaan-Shalz LPA the revision of the Rule for joint Fund is ongoing with the purpose to proceed the actual co-funding in mid-December and get ready the functioning of the fund in early 2018. It’s agreed among stakeholders to have one common Fund which is an existing Buffer Zone Fund. The rules of the fund are also under revision at KfW project. The Fund will be used for integrated purpose of biodiversity conservation and support of livelihood of local communities in the buffer zone of Khan Khentii SPA. Since the new entity/NGO was appointed for the management of Gulzat LPA, there was a critical need to strengthen the capacity of the new Director towards environmental management as well as Fund management. Due to high number of quotas in 2017, the amount of donations of hunting companies to the Fund has increased by 4.5 times estimating at 44,000 USD of which 30% distributed as a grant for 9 CBOs out of total 12, 25% for new building of training and information center, 0.06% for Rangers’ and LPA Steering Committee members’ incentives and 0.1% for training and workshops. PIU worked in Ulaangom and 2 soums of Gulzat LPA in October 2017. The discussion was held with each target groups, including above 40 representatives of all 12 CBOs, aimag and soum level decision makers 15 People (aimag Khural Chairman, heads of relevant departments, soum governors and Khurals, State Fund representative) and the new NGO Director. The discussion covered the priority topics for CBOs – trophy hunting income, efficient management and sibursement of the Fund, creation of the sub-fund for emergency and risks. History
16. Recommendation:

Livestock Risk Revolving Fund: With the support of national and international consultants to look at the fund in greater detail and make specific recommendations regarding how the fund could be modified to achieve the desired biodiversity results.  

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Review rules of the Revolving Funds in target 3 LPAs to link the SGP, allocated to CBOs from the fund, to biodiversity conservation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Actions are integrated in the key actions for recommendation no.15. These are -strengthen capacity of Gulzat NGO in successfully running Revolving Fund, review rule for the fund (offer low-interest loan, re-payment, assessment, decision). - Assist in establishing Revolving Fund in T-K (co-funding with Green Gold, develop rules); - Assist in establishing Revolving Fund in Khavtgar or seek for integration with Buffer Zone Fund, develop or review rules for the fund.
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/11/19]
PIU, NPD 2017/12 Completed Relevant capacity strengthening is done with number of interventions. see report under action under 15th recommendation. History
17. Recommendation:

Reduce the size of the PIU soon after the MTR.  Consider eliminating the policy advisor and secretary positions.  The new M&E and Community Development Officer should spend a good proportion of his time in the 3 LPAs. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

Raise the issue at PB meeting and follow up recommendation of the PB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Introduce the recommendation at PB meeting to be held on 6 December 2016 and follow up decision of the PB.
[Added: 2017/01/06]
NPC, NPD 2016/12 Completed PB held on 6th December and reviewed the recommendation and management response.

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