Mid Term Evaluation for the Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the management of the coastal zone of the Republic of Mauritius

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2023, Mauritius
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2019
Completion Date:
09/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Mid Term Evaluation for the Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the management of the coastal zone of the Republic of Mauritius
Atlas Project Number: 00090446
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2023, Mauritius
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2019
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
  • 2. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 3. 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
  • 2. Output 5.5. Policy frameworks and institutional mechanisms enabled at the national and sub-national levels for the peaceful management of emerging and recurring conflicts and tensions
SDG Goal
  • 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
  • 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
  • 14.c Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of "The future we want"
  • 15.9 By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Jan Rijpma Mr
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the management of the coastal zone of the Republic of Mauritius
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5514
PIMS Number: 4843
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Ocean Economy, Ministry of Environment, Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security, Rodrigues Regional Assembly
Countries: MAURITIUS
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: For future projects, especially those involving sensitive, political issues, developing a Theory of Change should be mandatory, as this can help in better sharpening project Outcomes, Outputs and Activities, and articulating Risks and Risk Mitigation. The indicators should be reviewed at Inception Stage, especially the Tracking Tools, and Mid Term Targets should be included. The SESP and Risk Analysis of projects should be seriously undertaken, including by identifying and analyzing the most pressing risks for improved project implementation and for achieving results and sustainability. Implementation and oversight arrangements (IPs, RPs PSC, TCs, etc.) should be agreed and formalized at project development, including through MoUs if relevant. For this project at this stage, the MoU with Responsible Parties that have been recommended, prepared and discussed since the start of the project should be signed with urgency.

2

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Amend the Project Logical Framework and Risk Log as proposed by the MTR, to be discussed and validated with stakeholders and formalized through the PSC. This does not entail the Outcomes and Outputs of the project, but some of the indicators, baselines, targets and risks & assumptions. The amendments could also be presented and discussed at a Workshop (or similar) where at the same time the strategy, barriers, results achieved and way forward for the remaining project duration can be discussed and validated with main stakeholders. The amended and formalized LogFrame and Risk Analysis should then serve as management and reporting tool for the remainder of the project.

3

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Project should build capacity and lay the foundation for Biodiversity Mainstreaming, where biodiversity concerns are effectively incorporated in the national and local planning and permitting conditions, through updated and clear information including delineation of ESAs, strengthened legal protection and increased awareness with policy- and decision-makers on the importance and value of biodiversity for sustainable development. This could be done, inter alia, through trainings that can be organized following the “Training and Capacity Needs Assessment” that has been produced by the project.

4

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: The Project should validate, formalize and implement the revised Wetland Bill, Maps of ESAs (to assist in better delineation and revision of the ESA Policy and Bill), the diverse Management Plans (for SEMPA, RAMSAR Sites, MPAs, Fishing Reserves), ICZM plans (when ready) and biodiversity valuation tools and measures, in order to show what has been done and how this can assist in effective biodiversity mainstreaming. This will need a targeted approach geared to policy- and decision-makers.

5

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: The project should emphasize consolidating, packaging and disseminating the knowledge, tools, plans and other outputs produced by the project thus far. This could be done through workshops, consultations, trainings, developing summaries and briefings, posts on relevant websites, etc., following the “Communication and Awareness Strategy and Action Plan” and the “Training and Capacity Needs Assessment”, to be supported by the CTA.

6

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: In order to disseminate results and products, and to chart the way forward for the project and achieve greater sustainability, a grand “Stock-take and awareness Workshop” (or similar name and content) could be organized, where the project results and way forward of the project can be presented, discussed and validated, possibly also including the results of the SECU investigation, MTR recommendations (and its management comments), etc. This should take cue from the Communication and Awareness Strategy and Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan. This could especially help in re-engaging and communicating with stakeholders and the general public, and lay a foundation for action and achieving better mainstreaming of BD conservation in the Coastal Zone.

7

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: Strengthen gender mainstreaming in the project, by emphasizing the inclusion of women in livelihood activities, trainings, workshops and through recruitments.

8

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: A no-cost project extension for 1 year should be requested, in order to make up for the delays suffered during the start and implementation of the project. This could ensure proper implementation of the remaining activities (study on Carrying Capacity for Lagoons, SEA for ICZM Plans, Capacity Building following the Capacity and Training Needs Assessment, Exit strategy, End of Project Evaluation). This will need a detailed, focused and prioritized Workplan from now until the foreseen end of the Project (June 2022 if a 1-year no-cost extension is granted). At the time of the MTR there is enough budget available to warrant a 1 year extension. This extension should be conditional to: - Implementing the Communications Plan; - Validation of products, tools and plans; - Provide clarity on the institutional responsibilities for the Wetland Bill; - Public availability of Maps and other products from the project.

9

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9: Urgently recruit a Communication Specialist / Consultant / NGO to implement the Communication and Awareness Strategy and Action Plan. It is proposed to have the UNDP communications specialist already start with the detailed guidance given in this strategy to communicate around the SECU investigations. Other project related communication and awareness activities could be done by a newly recruited Communications Specialist for the project, to be placed in the Project / IP.

10

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 10: Due attention should be given by the project to financial sustainability. This is under threat mainly because of the COVID-19 and oil spill impact e.g. on Tourism. Some of the proposed financing mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation will need to be reviewed in the face of declining revenues from tourism and possibly even public financing for biodiversity conservation.

11

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 11: Facilitate and support the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity Conservation in the possible COVID-19 Recovery packages in Mauritius, in order ensure a “Green (and “Blue”) CoVID-19 recovery. Such mainstreaming should use the information, knowledge, tools and practices produced by the project, and this should be facilitated by the UNDP CO at the highest policy level. Measures could include fiscal and monetary incentives, which could be based on the valuation of ecosystems and natural capital, including through the models produced by the project, as well as mainstreaming into plans, budgets and operational elements, all the time ensuring environmental and social safeguarding.

12

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 12: UNDP CO could use the results of this, earlier and future (pipelined) environmental projects, and present this as a comprehensive, programmatic and portfolio approach to support more effective environmental governance in Mauritius. UNDP could use this in discussions and briefings towards development of UNDP and Government Strategies (e.g. the new National Env. Strategy, CPD, UNDAF, COVID Recovery, new Projects, etc.). This should especially focus on the broader discourse in Mauritius on Economic Development Vs. Environmental Sustainability and how a more sustainable focus can help to achieve the SDGs. Such an approach should take also into account possible COVID Recovery and other economic measures, while still trying to maintain the Natural Capital and Biodiversity Hotspot status of Mauritius, even more so in the wake of the recent oil spill near Blue Bay Marine Park and Point D’Esney RAMSAR site, which laid bare the vulnerability of these sites

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: For future projects, especially those involving sensitive, political issues, developing a Theory of Change should be mandatory, as this can help in better sharpening project Outcomes, Outputs and Activities, and articulating Risks and Risk Mitigation. The indicators should be reviewed at Inception Stage, especially the Tracking Tools, and Mid Term Targets should be included. The SESP and Risk Analysis of projects should be seriously undertaken, including by identifying and analyzing the most pressing risks for improved project implementation and for achieving results and sustainability. Implementation and oversight arrangements (IPs, RPs PSC, TCs, etc.) should be agreed and formalized at project development, including through MoUs if relevant. For this project at this stage, the MoU with Responsible Parties that have been recommended, prepared and discussed since the start of the project should be signed with urgency.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management agrees with the recommendation and the PMU will communicate with the IP to speed up the process. However, IP proposed that these MoUs be vetted by the Attorney General Office which might delay the process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The PMU will follow up on the signing of these MoUs and will again raise this issue in the next PSC meeting which is scheduled for 14 October
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, IP, RPs 2022/12 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Amend the Project Logical Framework and Risk Log as proposed by the MTR, to be discussed and validated with stakeholders and formalized through the PSC. This does not entail the Outcomes and Outputs of the project, but some of the indicators, baselines, targets and risks & assumptions. The amendments could also be presented and discussed at a Workshop (or similar) where at the same time the strategy, barriers, results achieved and way forward for the remaining project duration can be discussed and validated with main stakeholders. The amended and formalized LogFrame and Risk Analysis should then serve as management and reporting tool for the remainder of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management is agreeable to the recommendation to amend the logical framework and the Risk Log and these amendments shall go through the PSC for approval. The workshop will be conducted after SECU released its final report on the investigation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. The PMU will work on the amendment of the logical framework and will circulate it for PSC to discuss and adopt at its next meeting
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, PSC 2021/12 Completed This was completed during the PSC held in December 2021 with the assistance of the CTA History
2.2. The PMU will work on the amendment of the risk log and will circulate it for PSC to discuss and adopt at its next meeting
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, PSC 2021/12 Completed The Risk log was amended by the CTA and circulated in the PSC held in Dec 2021 History
2.3. The PMU will conduct the workshop as soon as SECU released its final report on the investigation.
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU 2022/02 Completed The Relaunch was held in February 2022 History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Project should build capacity and lay the foundation for Biodiversity Mainstreaming, where biodiversity concerns are effectively incorporated in the national and local planning and permitting conditions, through updated and clear information including delineation of ESAs, strengthened legal protection and increased awareness with policy- and decision-makers on the importance and value of biodiversity for sustainable development. This could be done, inter alia, through trainings that can be organized following the “Training and Capacity Needs Assessment” that has been produced by the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: CTA will discuss next steps and develop a work-plan with the PMU and UNDP CO to move ahead with this part of the Project activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.3 The TOR for training in MPA management and Wetlands Conservation is being drafted and will be launched in November 2020
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, CTA 2022/10 Overdue-Initiated The training program is planned for October 2022 History
3.1. Training on updating coastal and marine ESAs and basic training on QGIS software to relevant stakeholders will be provided by the consultant on 23 October 2019
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2021/04/01]
PMU, Consultants 2020/10 Completed The workshops were already completed in 2020 History
3.2. TOR on training for local authorities and Ministry of Land and Housing is being worked out by Ministry of Environment with cost sharing from NEF
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2021/04/01]
PMU, Ministry of Environment 2020/11 Completed completed by Ministry of Environment History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: The Project should validate, formalize and implement the revised Wetland Bill, Maps of ESAs (to assist in better delineation and revision of the ESA Policy and Bill), the diverse Management Plans (for SEMPA, RAMSAR Sites, MPAs, Fishing Reserves), ICZM plans (when ready) and biodiversity valuation tools and measures, in order to show what has been done and how this can assist in effective biodiversity mainstreaming. This will need a targeted approach geared to policy- and decision-makers.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management partially agrees with this recommendation. It is not possible for the project to implement the Wetland Bill and the ESA bill as the responsibility of the enactment of these bills falls on the government. It is feasible for the project to finalise the Wetland Bill and the ministry should be submitting it to the State Law Office. Furthermore, as regards the application of the ESA policy, UNDP is providing technical assistance to review the Environment Protection Act and to develop a master plan for ESAs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.3. The finalization of the Wetland Bill
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, UNDP, Government 2022/12 Initiated The TOR has been prepared and the consultant will be recruited to finalise the Wetland Bill History
4.1. As Per MTR recommendations, all the produced information, knowledge, maps and management plans will be put into action during the remainder of the Project. PMU and UNDP to discuss how best this information can be transparently used to improve Mainstreaming. TOR for a Communications and Awareness Specialist has been prepared and PMU initiated the recruitment process.
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, UNDP, IP, RPs 2021/10 Completed The Communications and Awareness Specialist has been recruited in 09 Sept 2020. History
4.2. UNDP will write to the Government to ensure a final policy decision on who will be mandated to enforce the wetlands legal framework October 2020 PMU, UNDP Initiated
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, UNDP 2021/06 Completed A cabinet decision was taken undelying that Min of Environment to make amendment in EPA to designate the PS responsible for the NPCS as the enforcing agency in relation to the Wetland. History
4.4. UNDP will work on the updating of EPA and master plan for Environment sector
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
UNDP 2022/03 Completed The amended EPA and masterplan has already been submitted to Cabinet History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: The project should emphasize consolidating, packaging and disseminating the knowledge, tools, plans and other outputs produced by the project thus far. This could be done through workshops, consultations, trainings, developing summaries and briefings, posts on relevant websites, etc., following the “Communication and Awareness Strategy and Action Plan” and the “Training and Capacity Needs Assessment”, to be supported by the CTA.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management agrees with this recommendation and the project will recruit a communication specialist to implement the communication and awareness strategy and action plan which include all the issues contained in this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.3 The TOR for training in MPA management and Wetlands Conservation is being drafted and will be launched in November 2020
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, CTA 2022/10 Overdue-Initiated The Training is scheduled for October 2022 History
5.1. PMU is presently following up the matter with the IP as well as the RPS to have the reports, management plans be vetted by the Cabinet in Mauritius and the Executive Council in Rodrigues
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2021/04/01]
PMU, UNDP, IP, RPS 2020/10 Completed communication specialist has been recruited. History
5.2. Communication and awareness specialist will implement the communication and awareness strategy and action plan
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, IP, RPS 2022/07 Completed All deliverables have been submitted History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: In order to disseminate results and products, and to chart the way forward for the project and achieve greater sustainability, a grand “Stock-take and awareness Workshop” (or similar name and content) could be organized, where the project results and way forward of the project can be presented, discussed and validated, possibly also including the results of the SECU investigation, MTR recommendations (and its management comments), etc. This should take cue from the Communication and Awareness Strategy and Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan. This could especially help in re-engaging and communicating with stakeholders and the general public, and lay a foundation for action and achieving better mainstreaming of BD conservation in the Coastal Zone.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: The management is agreeable to the recommendation and the PMU will organize a workshop after the SECU has realeased its final report on the AKNL complaint.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. PMU has already initiated for the recruitment of a communication and awareness consultant to implement the communication and awareness strategy and action plan. The consultancy should be awarded by end of October 2020 and the TOR included all the measures recommended by the MTR
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, CTA, IP and UNDP 2022/07 Completed The communication and awareness consultant has been recruited and all deliverables have been submitted History
6.2. The PMU will conduct the workshop as soon as SECU released its final report on the investigation.
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU 2022/02 Completed The relaunch workshop was held in Feb 2022 History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: Strengthen gender mainstreaming in the project, by emphasizing the inclusion of women in livelihood activities, trainings, workshops and through recruitments.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management is agreeable to the recommendation and has already started to promote gender in the alternative livelihood projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. The project has already allocated to NGOs four alternative livelihood projects which will benefit 100 fishers and 40% of the beneficiaries will be female.
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU and NGOs 2021/08 Completed The four NGOs are Shoals Rodrigues, ECOSUd, Oceanyka and TerMer Rodriguez. All project activities were completed by August 2021 History
7.2. The PMU will seek parity in the training and capacity building exercises in term of gender benefitting from these training
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, IP and RPs 2021/08 Completed Gender parity was considered during the training by NGOs History
7.3. The PMU will be engaging with the National Cooperative College and the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Unit to train about 500 women in the Wakashio oil spill affected region in alternative livelihood skills such as agriculture, craft, basket making etc
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, FAREI, NCC 2021/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: 4 NGOs were contracted to implement sustainable alternative livelihood project in the Wakashio affected region]
History
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: A no-cost project extension for 1 year should be requested, in order to make up for the delays suffered during the start and implementation of the project. This could ensure proper implementation of the remaining activities (study on Carrying Capacity for Lagoons, SEA for ICZM Plans, Capacity Building following the Capacity and Training Needs Assessment, Exit strategy, End of Project Evaluation). This will need a detailed, focused and prioritized Workplan from now until the foreseen end of the Project (June 2022 if a 1-year no-cost extension is granted). At the time of the MTR there is enough budget available to warrant a 1 year extension. This extension should be conditional to: - Implementing the Communications Plan; - Validation of products, tools and plans; - Provide clarity on the institutional responsibilities for the Wetland Bill; - Public availability of Maps and other products from the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management is agreeable to the recommendation and has already initiated action to apply for an extension of one year to enable the full implementation of the project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. PMU is drafting all documents necessary for requesting extension
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, UNDP and IP 2021/06 Completed Extension was granted in June 2021 up to December 2022 History
9. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9: Urgently recruit a Communication Specialist / Consultant / NGO to implement the Communication and Awareness Strategy and Action Plan. It is proposed to have the UNDP communications specialist already start with the detailed guidance given in this strategy to communicate around the SECU investigations. Other project related communication and awareness activities could be done by a newly recruited Communications Specialist for the project, to be placed in the Project / IP.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response:The project is agreeable to the recommendation. The UNDP communication specialist is already assisting the project. Moreover, the  project communication specialist will be recruited in October 2020 and will be responsible to implement the project communication and awareness strategy and action plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1. PMU has already launched the exercise to recruit the communication and awareness specialist to implement the communication and awareness strategy and action plan of the project. The specialist will be recruited by end October 2020
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2021/04/01]
PMU, UNDP and IP 2020/10 Completed Communication consultant has already been recruited History
10. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 10: Due attention should be given by the project to financial sustainability. This is under threat mainly because of the COVID-19 and oil spill impact e.g. on Tourism. Some of the proposed financing mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation will need to be reviewed in the face of declining revenues from tourism and possibly even public financing for biodiversity conservation.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management agrees with this recommendation, but the contract of the consultant has already expired. The consultant’s recommendations still hold though we are facing problems due to Covid 19 pandemic. These recommendations should be withheld till there is no more Covid 19 impact and that tourism in Mauritius is back to normal. Till then as it is now, the government will continue to fund the MPA management costs. PMU will try to discuss with the consultant to find other means of financial sustainability

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1. PMU will discuss with Consultants that undertook the initial ‘Identification of the Financing Options” and will consider revision of the report in view of recent changes in the economic status of Mauritius.
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, UNDP, CTA and consultant 2021/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Consultant did not have any contractual obligation with UNDP to undertake this initial ‘Identification of the Financing Options” ]
History
11. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 11: Facilitate and support the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity Conservation in the possible COVID-19 Recovery packages in Mauritius, in order ensure a “Green (and “Blue”) CoVID-19 recovery. Such mainstreaming should use the information, knowledge, tools and practices produced by the project, and this should be facilitated by the UNDP CO at the highest policy level. Measures could include fiscal and monetary incentives, which could be based on the valuation of ecosystems and natural capital, including through the models produced by the project, as well as mainstreaming into plans, budgets and operational elements, all the time ensuring environmental and social safeguarding.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response:  Management does not agree to this recommendation at this moment in time but will consider the Covid 19 impact together with the Wakashio oil spill and has initiated several actions

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1. The PMU participated fully at the command centre for Wakashio oil Spill crisis meetings and also effected site visits to the affected terrestrial and marine ecosystems. PMU was coordinating the socio economic and environmental impact assessment cell and reported daily to UNDO CO with daily status reports on the impacts of the oil spill.
[Added: 2021/03/30]
PMU 2020/08 Completed
12.2. The Project Manager together with IOM staff carried out focus group discussions in 17 villages to explore the socio economic impact and eventual solutions for these issues
[Added: 2021/03/30]
PMU, IOM 2020/08 Completed
12. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 12: UNDP CO could use the results of this, earlier and future (pipelined) environmental projects, and present this as a comprehensive, programmatic and portfolio approach to support more effective environmental governance in Mauritius. UNDP could use this in discussions and briefings towards development of UNDP and Government Strategies (e.g. the new National Env. Strategy, CPD, UNDAF, COVID Recovery, new Projects, etc.). This should especially focus on the broader discourse in Mauritius on Economic Development Vs. Environmental Sustainability and how a more sustainable focus can help to achieve the SDGs. Such an approach should take also into account possible COVID Recovery and other economic measures, while still trying to maintain the Natural Capital and Biodiversity Hotspot status of Mauritius, even more so in the wake of the recent oil spill near Blue Bay Marine Park and Point D’Esney RAMSAR site, which laid bare the vulnerability of these sites

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/30]

Management Response: Management is agreeable to the recommendation and has already initiated several activities in the wake of the Wakashio oil spill near the project area

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.4. The project will engage with 100 fishers of the affected region of the oil spill to train them to fish outside the lagoon with the assistance of the Fisheries Training and Extension Centre (FiTEC)
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, UNDP, IP and FiTEC 2022/02 Completed The training was completed in Feb 2022 through the AfDB grant and 200 household benefited from the capacity building and starter kits provided representing 1200 beneficiaries History
12.1. UNDP is working with other partners as a consortium to carry out a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) for the affected region
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2021/04/01]
UNDP 2020/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: PDNA will be carried out by Government ]
History
12.2. UNDP will contract out a consultant to train the government, the NGOs and the community on how to make claims for the Wakashio oil spill and also to update the Oil Spill Contingency Plan
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2021/04/01]
PMU, UNDP, Consultant 2020/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Claims are being handled by the Government ]
History
12.3. UNDP is envisaging the concept of blue and green bond in its innovative measure of financing development projects
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2021/04/01]
UNDP 2020/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Government request was not finalised]
History
12.5. The project will engage with about 500 women of the affected region for training in other livelihood sectors such as agriculture with the assistance of the National Cooperative College (NCC) and the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Unit (FAREI)
[Added: 2021/03/30] [Last Updated: 2022/08/24]
PMU, UNDP, IP, NCC, Ministry of Gender 2021/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Through the alternative livelihood programme, funding was allocated to the 4 NGOs.]
History

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