Terminal Evaluation of the Project - Expansion and strengthening of the protected area subsystem of the outer islands of Seychelles and its integration into the broader land and seascape – (Outer Island Project)

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2020, Seychelles
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2019
Completion Date:
03/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of the Project - Expansion and strengthening of the protected area subsystem of the outer islands of Seychelles and its integration into the broader land and seascape – (Outer Island Project)
Atlas Project Number: 00075876
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020, Seychelles
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2019
Management Response: Yes
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 Target
  • 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 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: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 16,264
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Camille Bann Dr camille.bann@envecconsulting.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Terminal Evaluation of the Project - Expansion and strengthening of the protected area subsystem of the outer islands of Seychelles and its integration into the broader land and seascape – (Outer Island Project)
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4717
PIMS Number: 4529
Key Stakeholders: Island Development Company, Island Conservation Society, UNDP, MEECC, PCU, Seychelles Island Foundation
Countries: SEYCHELLES
Comments:

The project has been extended to JUne 2020. As stated in the last PIR, the terminal Evaluation has now shifted to DEcember 2019. The CO is requesting that the Planned date is amended to Dec 2019. below is extract from the MTR report.  :

TERMINAL EVALUATION: As recommended by the MTR, a request was made to extend the project by 10 months until the end of June 2020.  The request was approved. The Terminal Evaluation was therefore rescheduled and will take place in late 2019 or early 2020. PROJECT CLOSURE: Closure is expected to be at end of June 2020.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 1.  Collating of lessons and their dissemination nationally and internationally. 

Ahead of project closure, the project should ensure that all lessons are fully captured and shared both within the Seychelles and internationally. The recent IPCE of UNDP Seychelles found significant weaknesses in communicating lessons learnt.  The IOP can help address this through the collation of lessons learnt relating to technical and operational aspects (beyond the information reported in the Quarterly Review Reports), as best practice example.

Recommendation to: PM

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 2. Set out replicability of plans and tools that have been developed. 

Given that the replicability of the project’s initiatives at its demonstration sites is a key design feature of the project, it is recommended that the project makes explicit how each of the tools and plans developed can be applied within the Outer and Inner Islands conditions under which they are applicable or not, challenges/barriers, lessons in applications (both technical and operational).

Recommendation to: PM

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 3. Dissemination of project outputs and lessons learnt on international stage in 2020.

This can include a photo essay to showcase the project’s achievements, dissemination of key documents and talks at international conferences.

Recommendation to: PM

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 4. Incorporate OIP lessons in project design into GEF7 proposals. 

UNDP Seychelles should also consider working with the RTA to determine how a case for SIDS / Seychelles tailored GEF design features can be made to the GEF Council.

Recommendation to: UNDP Seychelles / RTA

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 5. Focus on consolidation, implementation and learning, rather than on further expansion of protected area network in the near term.

There is a need to test the Management Plans and protocols developed to better understand what works and what elements require further strengthening.

Recommendation to: MEECC, ICS, UNDP

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 6. Focus on cross sectoral / institutional / stakeholder dialogue going forward.

The OIP along with the MSP has set a strong precedent for integrated dialogue across all concerned stakeholders. This will be even more important going forward when restrictions on use come into force with varied distributional impacts

Recommendation to: MEECC UNDP

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 7.  Develop data management capacity and processes.

A continued focus on building capacity in GIS and data management in future projects is needed to build on the work done by the OIP. More support is needed to complete the ICS geo-database and to move to centralized data storage at MEECC as well as to further build  capacity.

Recommendation to: MEECC

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 8.  Support the development of PA regulations.

Once the PA Bill is approved, work will start on the detailed regulations, which would benefit from the project’s expertise in cross sectoral dialogue and ecosystems knowledge

Recommendation to: GoS, UNDP

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 9.  Enforcement capacity needs to be enhanced.

Enforcement of the areas once gazetted will be critical going forward, this is when tensions are likely to emerge over use and access.

Recommendation to: MEECC, ICS, IDC, Tourism operators

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 10.  Cost saving mechanisms need to be identified and tested.

Given the high costs of operating in the OI identifying cost saving approaches are central to providing the level and scale of protection that will be needed.

Recommendation to: MEECC, ICS, IDC, Tourism operators

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 11.  Support for the development of a systems approach to PA financing.

While much progress has been made in terms of sustainable financing through the PAF project, SeyCATT and other initiatives, more support is needed to accelerate towards a systems

approach to PA financing, which is of particular importance for the OI.

Recommendation to: MEECC

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Terminal Evaluation recommendation 12. Capacity / Institutional Capacity needs further developing.

It is recommended to explore and develop options for attracting and  retaining expert staff on the OI and for increasing staff numbers on OI

Recommendation to: MEECC, ICS

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