00077733 Enhancing the Protected Area System in Sulawesi (E-PASS) for Biodiversity Conservation GEF Mid-term Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Indonesia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
08/2018
Completion Date:
07/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title 00077733 Enhancing the Protected Area System in Sulawesi (E-PASS) for Biodiversity Conservation GEF Mid-term Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00077733
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Indonesia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2018
Planned End Date: 08/2018
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 Goal
  • 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
  • 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 $): 40,000
Source of Funding: EPASS Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Juan Luis Larrabure j_larrabure@hotmail.com
Ari W Adipratomo ari.adipratomo@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Enhancing the Protected Area System in Sulawesi (E-PASS) for Biodiversity Conservation
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4867
PIMS Number: 4392
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: INDONESIA
Lessons
1.

The mid-term review/evaluation (MTR) has gathered lesson learnt for project's implementation , as follow;   

  • Community awareness of the relationship between their quality of life and the need to conserve the environment, its flora and fauna.
  • While deforestation continues to be a problem, according to the figures the MTR Team secured from the PIR 2018, the rate of deforestation has been decreasing importantly for the three PA.
  • According to the figures the MTR Team was able to secure from the Project Implementation Review (PIR) Year 2018, the METT scores for the three pilot areas seem to have improved over the life of the project.
  • According to the figures the MTR Team secured from PIR 2018, Ecosystem Health Index also increased for all 3 PAs
  • According to the figures the MTR secured from PIR 2018, the Threat Index decreasing for two PAs decreased

Findings
1.

From the mid term evaluation findings, it has shown that Project has accomplished many achievements and is progresivelly maintaining efforts to meet the target results. It estimates current progress of each project's outcomes are as follow:

  • 90% for Outcome  (As far as output production goes all 23 outputs -100% of those planned -have been produced, but not all key recommendations from these outputs have yet been conducted)
  • 50% for Outcome 2 (several outputs have been produced, but there is still a lot of work to be done to settle on a viable model) 
  • 30% for Outcome 3 (by the time the mid term evaluation was conducted, only 23 out of 45 CCAs that should have been operated by the end of 2018 had been signed and no disbursements had been handed over yet to the communities from the Micro-Credit Fund)

Recommendations
1

UNDP-CO should adjust the project budget in order to reduce the IN-KIND contributions to more realistic levels.

2

The MoEF should consider initiating actions to implement key recommendations made by the WCS that have not yet been acted upon (see Annex IX).

3

BAPPENAS should accelerate the process of completing Outcome 2 and consider other models that might ensure a predictable, reliable, constant and sufficient flow of funds to ensure the future sustainability of the PAs (such as the one proposed by the MTR Team).

4

The MoEF should allow PMU/FCU staff to work directly with the communities when PA staff is not available to accompany them.

5

The UNDP-CO should consider making a detailed financial analysis to determine if there will be surplus funds available at the end of the project.

6

If so, the MTR believes they should be used to finance the WCS’ proposal for additional complementary activities which the MTR Team fully endorses, as per the proposal enclosed below (see Annex X).

7

The GEF and UNDP-CO should consider using any additional surplus funds that might be identified after a financial analysis, to reinforce the Micro-grants fund.

8

The UNDP-CO and the MoEF should ensure that at least 50% of all the funding disbursed by the Micro-grants Fund go towards financing initiatives of women’s community groups.

9

MTR recommends “no additional cost” extension of one year, in order to allow the project to complete its three outcomes.

1. Recommendation:

UNDP-CO should adjust the project budget in order to reduce the IN-KIND contributions to more realistic levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07] [Last Updated: 2018/11/10]

The project conducted a series of meeting in coordination with the Implementing Partner, BAPPENAS and UNDP to respond the recommendations, including a meeting with the MTR consultants in Atlet Century Hotel in 26 July 2018

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO will adjust in accordance with the guidance of BRH and HQ.
[Added: 2018/11/10] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
UNDP CO 2019/10 Completed Using reference from evaluation findings, We adjusted our implementation plan. We also consulted with BRH and HQ regarding to this matters. History
2. Recommendation:

The MoEF should consider initiating actions to implement key recommendations made by the WCS that have not yet been acted upon (see Annex IX).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07] [Last Updated: 2018/11/10]

The project conducted a series of meeting in coordination with the Implementing Partner, BAPPENAS and UNDP to respond the recommendations, including a meeting with the MTR consultants in Atlet Century Hotel in 26 July 2018

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Need further discussions with WCS to initiate actions to carry out recommendations
[Added: 2019/06/15] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
UNDP CO and implementing partners 2019/10 Completed Further discussions with WCS have been conducted and actions will be carried out upon recommendations. History
3. Recommendation:

BAPPENAS should accelerate the process of completing Outcome 2 and consider other models that might ensure a predictable, reliable, constant and sufficient flow of funds to ensure the future sustainability of the PAs (such as the one proposed by the MTR Team).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07] [Last Updated: 2018/11/10]

The project conducted a series of meeting in coordination with the Implementing Partner, BAPPENAS and UNDP to respond the recommendations, including a meeting with the MTR consultants in Atlet Century Hotel in 26 July 2018

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Bappenas has appointed ICRAF for completing Outcome 2. Several meetings have been conducted.
[Added: 2019/06/15] [Last Updated: 2019/12/25]
UNDP CO and Implementing Partners 2019/09 Completed Bappenas has mainstreamed the protected area financing into RPJMN 2020-2024. The business plan for National Park (NP) Bogani Nani Wartabone has been created and the pilot project implementation will be completed in 2020. The Development of business plan in NP Lore Lindu and KPHK Tangkoko will also be completed in 2020. Bappenas will initiate the establishment of Forum Wallacea Sulawesi to enhance coordination between protected areas in Sulawesi. Key stakeholders including private sector and philanthropy will be engaged to gather supports for sustainable protected areas protection and management. History
4. Recommendation:

The MoEF should allow PMU/FCU staff to work directly with the communities when PA staff is not available to accompany them.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07] [Last Updated: 2018/11/10]

The project conducted a series of meeting in coordination with the Implementing Partner, BAPPENAS and UNDP to respond the recommendations, including a meeting with the MTR consultants in Atlet Century Hotel in 26 July 2018.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The PA staff needed to guide the site territories and explains the project implementation in project sites.
[Added: 2019/06/15] [Last Updated: 2019/09/01]
UNDP CO and Implementing Partners 2019/08 Completed The key actions was completed and reported to PIR donor report 2019. History
5. Recommendation:

The UNDP-CO should consider making a detailed financial analysis to determine if there will be surplus funds available at the end of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07] [Last Updated: 2018/11/07]

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

If so, the MTR believes they should be used to finance the WCS’ proposal for additional complementary activities which the MTR Team fully endorses, as per the proposal enclosed below (see Annex X).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07]

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

The GEF and UNDP-CO should consider using any additional surplus funds that might be identified after a financial analysis, to reinforce the Micro-grants fund.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07]

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

The UNDP-CO and the MoEF should ensure that at least 50% of all the funding disbursed by the Micro-grants Fund go towards financing initiatives of women’s community groups.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07]

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensured Community Engagement Specialist at Project Implementation Unit in all 3 PAs initiated women’s community groups proposals for micro-grants program.
[Added: 2019/06/15] [Last Updated: 2019/06/20]
UNDP 2019/04 Completed The document to support verification of key action is enclosed. History
9. Recommendation:

MTR recommends “no additional cost” extension of one year, in order to allow the project to complete its three outcomes.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/07]

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project Board Meeting on November 22, 2018 agreed to extend the project for one year with no additional cost scheme in order to complete its three outcomes as recommended by MTR. Director General of KSDAE as Head of Project Board has issued letter No S.25/KSDAE/KKH/KSA.2/01/2019 on January 11, 2019 for project extension.
[Added: 2019/06/15] [Last Updated: 2019/06/20]
UNDP and Implementing partner 2019/01 Completed Result of project meeting can be accessed in the attachment. History

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