Terminal Evaluation, Integrated Community-based Forest and Catchment Management through an Ecosystem Service Approach Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Thailand
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2017
Completion Date:
10/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
42,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation, Integrated Community-based Forest and Catchment Management through an Ecosystem Service Approach Project
Atlas Project Number: 00061756
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Thailand
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2017
Planned End Date: 05/2017
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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 42,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 33,161
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
John Gryderup Poulsen International Consultant jgpoulsen@hotmail.com
Walaitat Worakul National Consultant walaitat@hotmail.com THAILAND
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Integrated Community-based Forest and Catchment Management through an Ecosystem Service Approach Project
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID: 3445
PIMS Number: 4033
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: THAILAND
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

After the project closure, a PES management unit should be established with in MoNRE:

  • Promote/support PES
  • Host and promote active use of PES database
  • Monitor documents and lessons from original pilot sites to be used as references for policy recommendations and replication
  • Provide recommendations to develop enabling policy, strategies and mechanism to support PES.
2

A PES management unit should continue to support 4 pilot REOs and respective communities to implement their signed MOAs.

3

Participatory Action Research should be conducted each site 4 pilot REOs and respective communities by key stakeholders who are the implementer of the MOA and PES related activities to develop the know-how on PES implementation in real context.

4

The Mae Sa Watershed Management Committee should play supporting roles in providing technical advice, additional budget and further promoting PES agreements between community groups and other potential buyers of the services where opportunities arise.

5

Participatory Action Research should be conducted on the different implementation of PES arrangements.

6

Community conservation networks to continue their activities, incl. monitoring improvement of natural resources in their areas, using economic valuation instruments (to be trained by NIDA). The findings should be used as a basis for fair negotiations with potential buyers of PES for resource mobilization from funding sources.

7

Village #9 should be supported to serve as a learning site of CBFCM and equipped with IEC materials for visitors.

8

REO1 is replicating PES in few other provinces. The process should be closely supervised and guided by REO1 and NIDA with systematic documentation of best practices and lessons-learnt. Information on grounded implementation should be fed to the PES Management Unit on regular basis to influence necessary policy support.

9

Thachin Catchment

After the project closure, Office of Internal Security Operation Command (ISOC) will coordinate implementation of activities under all MOAs which have been signed under the project. PES management Unit should provide training on the practical concept of PES to a focal point from the ISOC, leaders of the four networks responsible for implementing the four different MOAs as well as their partners from private sector. The training should include discussion how each MOA could potentially be developed in the future into PES agreements, if the conditions permit.

10

Thachin Catchment

REO should support community networks to establish a result-based monitoring mechanism and systematic documentation of best practices and lessons learnt from their implementation. The lessons learnt should then be fed back to PES Management Unit.

11

Lam Sebai

The Governor of Ubol Ratchathani has appointed two committees to carry on the project initiated activities after the project ends. The Advisory Committee is chaired by Chief District Office with representatives of concerned agencies and REO12 as members. The implementing Committee is chaired by Mayor of Hua Don TAO; membership comprises of representatives from communities and private sector. REO12 as secretary of both committees should ensure that the two committees will continue to be active in supporting and driving activities under the current MOAs between Lam Sebai conservation group and private sector.

12

Lam Sebai

To move from MOA to PES agreement, future work is needed. For example, to monitor and prove that the conservation of Dong Yao forest has contributed to certain amount of carbon credits. SS Alcohol company could pay for significant amount of this to off-set GHG emission from their production process and include it is their DJSI report.

13

Koh Phangan

The signed MOU should be implemented and potential to further develop them to PES agreement should be explored.

14

Koh Phangan

The ‘Friends of Pha-Ngan Network’ should be sustained as key driver to implement ideas jointly developed under the Sustainable Pha Ngan Plan.

15

Koh Phangan

Future linkage to mid-stream and upstream communities on sustainable environmental practices (e.g. through organic farmer groups) should be explored and stengtened through implementation of Sustainable Pha Ngan Plan with possible expanded activities to cover upland buffer zone forest areas. To the least, an action plan to solidify and continue the modest organic farming efforts should be developed.

1. Recommendation:

After the project closure, a PES management unit should be established with in MoNRE:

  • Promote/support PES
  • Host and promote active use of PES database
  • Monitor documents and lessons from original pilot sites to be used as references for policy recommendations and replication
  • Provide recommendations to develop enabling policy, strategies and mechanism to support PES.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

As a result from the national reform agenda and the 20th year strategy, MONRE has established a permanent office and MONRE will use this office to coordinate a multi-agency PES ad-hoc working group, picking up from what CBFCM has initiated and translate into actions with other relevant organisations  to implement PES schemes and bio-carbon for forest and catchment management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation was raised at the final project board for OPS action.
[Added: 2017/11/29]
Bureau of Strategic Planning, Office of the Permanent Secretary (OPS), MONRE 2017/11 Completed
2. Recommendation:

A PES management unit should continue to support 4 pilot REOs and respective communities to implement their signed MOAs.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

Same as Recommendation #1

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Same as Recommendation #1
[Added: 2017/11/29]
MONRE 2017/11 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Participatory Action Research should be conducted each site 4 pilot REOs and respective communities by key stakeholders who are the implementer of the MOA and PES related activities to develop the know-how on PES implementation in real context.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

This will depend on whether the PES coordination unit/ facility can be set up and provide financial support to undertake this recommendation.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

The Mae Sa Watershed Management Committee should play supporting roles in providing technical advice, additional budget and further promoting PES agreements between community groups and other potential buyers of the services where opportunities arise.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

REO 1 is the Secretariat of this Committee and will continue the coordination after project ends.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Participatory Action Research should be conducted on the different implementation of PES arrangements.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

Same as recommendation # 3.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Community conservation networks to continue their activities, incl. monitoring improvement of natural resources in their areas, using economic valuation instruments (to be trained by NIDA). The findings should be used as a basis for fair negotiations with potential buyers of PES for resource mobilization from funding sources.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

REO 1 is to further coordinate under the Mae Sa Watershed Committee.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

Village #9 should be supported to serve as a learning site of CBFCM and equipped with IEC materials for visitors.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

REO 1 is to further coordinate under the Mae Sa Watershed Committee.

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

REO1 is replicating PES in few other provinces. The process should be closely supervised and guided by REO1 and NIDA with systematic documentation of best practices and lessons-learnt. Information on grounded implementation should be fed to the PES Management Unit on regular basis to influence necessary policy support.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

Same as Recommendation # 1

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Thachin Catchment

After the project closure, Office of Internal Security Operation Command (ISOC) will coordinate implementation of activities under all MOAs which have been signed under the project. PES management Unit should provide training on the practical concept of PES to a focal point from the ISOC, leaders of the four networks responsible for implementing the four different MOAs as well as their partners from private sector. The training should include discussion how each MOA could potentially be developed in the future into PES agreements, if the conditions permit.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

Same as Recommendation #1

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

Thachin Catchment

REO should support community networks to establish a result-based monitoring mechanism and systematic documentation of best practices and lessons learnt from their implementation. The lessons learnt should then be fed back to PES Management Unit.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

Same as Recommendation #1

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Lam Sebai

The Governor of Ubol Ratchathani has appointed two committees to carry on the project initiated activities after the project ends. The Advisory Committee is chaired by Chief District Office with representatives of concerned agencies and REO12 as members. The implementing Committee is chaired by Mayor of Hua Don TAO; membership comprises of representatives from communities and private sector. REO12 as secretary of both committees should ensure that the two committees will continue to be active in supporting and driving activities under the current MOAs between Lam Sebai conservation group and private sector.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

REO 12 is to further coordinate.

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation:

Lam Sebai

To move from MOA to PES agreement, future work is needed. For example, to monitor and prove that the conservation of Dong Yao forest has contributed to certain amount of carbon credits. SS Alcohol company could pay for significant amount of this to off-set GHG emission from their production process and include it is their DJSI report.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

REO 12 is to further coordinate.

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation:

Koh Phangan

The signed MOU should be implemented and potential to further develop them to PES agreement should be explored.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

REO 14 will further coordinate, with the support from OPS.

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation:

Koh Phangan

The ‘Friends of Pha-Ngan Network’ should be sustained as key driver to implement ideas jointly developed under the Sustainable Pha Ngan Plan.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

This will depend on the commitment of the local groups.

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation:

Koh Phangan

Future linkage to mid-stream and upstream communities on sustainable environmental practices (e.g. through organic farmer groups) should be explored and stengtened through implementation of Sustainable Pha Ngan Plan with possible expanded activities to cover upland buffer zone forest areas. To the least, an action plan to solidify and continue the modest organic farming efforts should be developed.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/29]

REO 14 to further coordinate.

Key Actions:

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