Conserving Biodiversity and reducing habitat degradation in Protected Areas and their areas of influence (St. Kitts and Nevis)

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Barbados
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2020
Completion Date:
09/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
22,000

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Title Conserving Biodiversity and reducing habitat degradation in Protected Areas and their areas of influence (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Atlas Project Number: 00080909
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Barbados
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2020
Planned End Date: 11/2020
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.4.1 Gender-responsive legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions strengthened, and solutions adopted, to address conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing of natural resources, in line with international conventions and national legislation
Evaluation Budget(US $): 22,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 22,600
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Stephanie Hodge Independent Evaluator shodge1@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Conserving Biodiversity and reducing habitat degradation in Protected Areas and their areas of influence (St. Kitts and Nevis) (00090420 )
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5078
PIMS Number: 5088
Key Stakeholders: GEF
Countries: BARBADOS
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNDP-GEF Finalize the outstanding outputs by November 2020

Outstanding outputs not yet finalized due to COVID-19 but are anticipated: ? The Department of Marine Resources and the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network were anticipating the operationalization of the Keys Marine Species Rehabilitation/Interpretation Center which was halted by closures. The completion of the Center was viewed by stakeholders as highly beneficial to the Federation because it created a base for the treatment and rehabilitation of endangered marine species. This will be a first in St. Kitts Nevis and the wider Caribbean region and will provide education and training opportunities in the marine sector that were not previously available. The St. Christopher National Trust was in high gear with implementing its outreach and public awareness in the schools and to the public in conjunction with the Project, but this was also halted by the closure of schools. The completion of these public awareness activities will vastly help citizens to take a more active role in the conservation of their biodiversity.

2

Plans were underway for the second reading of the National Conservation and Environment Management Bill in Parliament. This is now secondary to the urgent need for the development and revision of COVID-19 legislation. The automatic declaration of Booby Island Nature Reserve would have been covered in the passing of this Bill, which is a critical foundation for the implementation of many environmental protection activities.

3

The Department of Physical Planning and Environment within the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), along with other stakeholders on Nevis, was looking forward to validating the Nevis Physical Development Plan. Travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders delayed the plan’s finalization. Many draft policy guidelines for the island of Nevis have been on hold for years due to the lack of an updated approved Physical Development Plan. The completion of the plan will aid in better protection of the island resources. To ensure that the plan is completed at TE, the Department of Physical Planning and Environment within the NIA agreed to a series of online meetings to cover all policy areas. The consultancy had planned to wrap up in mid-May with the overall theme of planning for increased resilience to natural (and health) hazards, climate change impacts and economic vulnerabilities and challenges across all the topics. 

4

SKN Government to follow up project results after November 2020 (Project End). This Project’s work and results can be viewed as a phase one “readiness project” toward the longer-term work that needs to be done to firmly establish a working PA management system for the benefit of St. Kitts and Nevis for national sustainable development. The vision is sound. This Project has helped establish the institutional and project implementation readiness and contributed significantly to the upstream enabling environment for the longer-term work. As it is in phase one of the Project, the way forward is to operationalize and continue to build capacity for a duel management approach as discussed during implementation. A second phase might, therefore, focus on operationalizing the coordination mechanism agreed and attending to the downstream needs for change through operationalizing the work with communities (livelihoods),  experimenting with co-management approaches (communities and private sector) and including broader engagement with productive sectors.  This would focus on small holder farming and enable connection of the reasoning of links from terrestrial (agriculture) to marine (drainage/pollution from agricultural practices). So, the focus is not so strong on conservation but on “sustainable use of resources,” making a case to incorporate small-scale farmers and private sector within PA models. The natural IP would be the Ministry of Agriculture, with the fisheries and department of environment within it. However, institutional coordination of an SLM/EBD project will be key. A follow-up phase might also focus on systematic education work. 

5

UNDP/RTA/CTA can vet the work completed for technical quality and produce a final fiscal policy and socioeconomic-oriented summary report. The Project’s support to enabling work needs consolidation in good form for policy and decision-making. All the contributions need a final technical vetting report completed by the CTA for quality and benchmarking with global good practices to be consolidated and presented in a short and a longer form (executive summary and short report) in terms of the socioeconomic and institutional case. This final project report is needed by the end of the Project for UNDP-GEF to showcase the project support to upstream results and all the enabling work completed as well as to point out any remaining gaps, and including, to make the sound fiscal, institutional and social business case and to provide concise recommendations for policymakers. 

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