Suriname Climate Adaptation Actions

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Suriname
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2019
Completion Date:
01/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Suriname Climate Adaptation Actions
Atlas Project Number: 00083024
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Suriname
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2020
Planned End Date: 11/2019
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
SDG Goal
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • 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
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 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
  • 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Guido Mattei Mr
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Government of Suriname; Ministry of Finance; UNDP
Countries: SURINAME
Lessons
1.

Lessons learnt

The main lessons learnt from the project can be summarized as follow:

· Climate Change includes different subjects and has to be managed through a pluri and cross sectoral approach.

· It is not easy to find local and international experts to manage and implement CC activities and projects;

· Climate activities in Suriname involve different ministries and local authorities. Clear definition of roles and responsibilities at the project design stage is needed;

· Involvement and support of different district and regional organizations is needed;

· Good stakeholder engagement is also a key for a successful implementation;

· Continuous communication with government partners is needed. Regular interdepartmental consultation/discussion at policy level and technical level could result in improved coordination of CC Adaptation initiatives at a national level;

· Efficient use of funds enhances collaboration and participation amongst government partners in benefit of the project objective;

· Sharing of knowledge and experience between Caribbean countries can support the projects objectives and impacts;

· When working with international consultants a national counterpart is fundamental;

· Implementation of pilot projects within the required time was very challenging;

· Data standardization is needed to make them usable and sustainable;

· In order to seek results, a project such as GCCA+ needs to interweave results-based approach and management from the very beginning;

· Projects need constant monitoring by all parties involved (implementing and executing agencies, project governance bodies);

· Adaptive management and modifications when issues arise are imperative to achieve results;

· The capacity of the implementing partner for the GCCA+ project requests to be assessed from project inception / design onward;

· Gender mainstream has to be clearly imbedded from project design onward, in order for mainstreaming to be achieved within project’s ambits;

· There is a geographic issue that can act as a barrier in communications between the central government and indigenous communities. Coordination with NGOs and CSOs is vital to address this barrier.

· The evaluation methodology is objective from the assessment of the project’s results and decreases the subjective opinions. It can be successfully used in other spheres of the environmental activity.

 


Findings
1.

The Project was, overall, able to achieve the completion of several products and to generate a
certain level of engagement from relevant stakeholders. This engagement dealt with the need
for coastal protected areas management instruments that take into account the multiple roles
and uses that these systems play in the development of Suriname and its sustainable use of
natural resources to face the Climate Change (CC) effects.
The project succeeded in contributing to the achievement of its specific objectives namely:
· To reduce Suriname’s vulnerability to negative effects of climate change,
· To enhance Suriname’s capacity for developing and undertaking appropriate and
effective measures to adapt to climate change effects.
It was also able to achieve its main proposed outputs.


Recommendations
1

Overall: Recommendations are intended for planned second Phase of the GCCA+ project. Climate Change has to be managed through a pluri- and cross sectoral approach due to its complexity. Services to manage and implement CC activities and projects are scarse; Climate activities in Suriname involve different ministries and local authorities. Good stakeholder engagement and continuous communication with government partners is also a key for a successful implementation; Regular inter-departmental discussion at policy and technical level could result improved coordination of national CC Adaptation initiatives.

1) Project design GCCA+ phase 2

 

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2. Project management and implementation GCCA+ phase 2

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

Overall: Recommendations are intended for planned second Phase of the GCCA+ project. Climate Change has to be managed through a pluri- and cross sectoral approach due to its complexity. Services to manage and implement CC activities and projects are scarse; Climate activities in Suriname involve different ministries and local authorities. Good stakeholder engagement and continuous communication with government partners is also a key for a successful implementation; Regular inter-departmental discussion at policy and technical level could result improved coordination of national CC Adaptation initiatives.

1) Project design GCCA+ phase 2

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/28] [Last Updated: 2021/05/27]

Agree; adopted as action points

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Key Action(s) . Start the design of phase 2 as soon as possible in order to prevent difficulties and potential delays due to the next year elections and potential changes in the government objectives and structure; · Set targets coherent with timeframe and local conditions; · Define clear roles and responsibilities among government and implementing partners; · Allocate resources for maintenance of instrumental equipment; . Gender mainstreaming needs to be clearly embedded from project design onward; · Include more gender indicators for the outputs in the Logical Framework; · Provide support to ensure the implementation of the IWRM, including establishment of national water authority; · Private sector should be more involved in the implementation of phase 2; · Foresee protection from vandalism for instruments; · Allocate resources for translation in Dutch but also in local languages for villages.
[Added: 2020/07/28] [Last Updated: 2021/05/05]
Environment and Natural Resource Management Programme 2021/03 Completed Completed History
2. Recommendation:

2. Project management and implementation GCCA+ phase 2

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/28] [Last Updated: 2021/05/27]

Agree: Adopted as action points.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Key Action(s) . Future projects need to be closely monitored by all parties involved (implementing and executing partners, project governance bodies) in order to establish if they are meeting with expected outputs and products; · Take into account the difficulty to find local skilled experts, as well as international ones, on Climate Change issues for the tendering procedures; · Ensure proper data collection and sharing in usable formats; · Ensure PMU will be fully operative at the beginning of phase 2; · Independent evaluations are extremely valuable for course correction and catalyzing improvements. New evaluation, particularly at their mid-term, should be scheduled in due time in order to be carried out and provide recommendations to be adopted during the project implementation. · When working with communities, underline the importance of economic benefits and/or create incentives for the communities and its members to incorporate sustainable management practices in their productive patterns. - Expansion of visibility of the EU “GCCA+ Suriname”, clear branding within the GCCA+ global community. -Ensure solid and strategic foundation for developing communication and awareness material. -Regular sharing of photos, stories and case studies on GCCA+ Suriname for further disseminated through the EUD and European Commission (social) media channels
[Added: 2020/07/28] [Last Updated: 2021/05/05]
Environment and Natural Resource Management Programme 2022/03 Completed Phase 2 started taking into consideration all recommendations History

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