Mid-term Evaluation of conservation of critical Wetland PAs and linked landscapes Project (00076965)

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
01/2019
Completion Date:
01/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Mid-term Evaluation of conservation of critical Wetland PAs and linked landscapes Project (00076965)
Atlas Project Number: 00076965
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2019
Planned End Date: 01/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 $): 30,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 30,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
James T. Berdach Independent Consultant
Pham Duc Chien Independent Consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Conservation of critical Wetland PAs and linked landscapes Project
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 00076965
PIMS Number: 4537
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
Countries: VIET NAM
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Extend the project timeframe

2

Strengthen communications and awareness activities

3

Ensure greater interagency cooperation and interaction

4

Strengthen the harmonization of wetlands conservation within provincial plans and policies

5

Ensure that business planning is a key feature of Wetland Conservation Area planning

6

Promote gender-sensitive development

7

Expand range of options for livelihood enhancement (e.g., value chains, certification and branding, etc.)

8

Review project management modality: NIM vs. DIM

9

Ensure sustainability of NWWG/LWWGs in guiding future wetland conservation efforts

10

Review project strategic results framework, and revise as needed

1. Recommendation:

Extend the project timeframe

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare justification and supporting documents including the project budget, workplan, and MTR report and submit to GEF for approval of one-year non-cost extension
[Added: 2019/05/17]
UNDP/ISPONRE 2019/02 Completed All documents have been submitted to GCF.
Once approved by GEF, the MONRE submit to the Government for approval
[Added: 2019/05/17]
ISPONRE 2019/03 Completed MONRE has already submitted the request for project extension to the Government.
2. Recommendation:

Strengthen communications and awareness activities

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Do not agree since the Communication Strategy has included the detail activities and budget

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Ensure greater interagency cooperation and interaction

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Mostly agree.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Frequent meetings of the NWWG to be conducted to promote interagency cooperation and interaction on Wetland
[Added: 2019/05/17]
BCA 2020/12 Initiated Frequent meetings have been being held. History
Frequent meetings of LWWG to be conducted to promote collaboration at provincial level
[Added: 2019/05/17]
ISPONRE/BCA 2020/12 Initiated Frequent meetings of LWWG have been being held.
Interagency cooperation and interaction will be a subject to be discussed in the Annual meetings of PSC
[Added: 2019/05/17]
Project Management Unit 2019/01 Completed The issue has been included in the agenda of PSC annual meetings
4. Recommendation:

Strengthen the harmonization of wetlands conservation within provincial plans and policies

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP/ISPONRE/BCA work with Thai Binh PPC and DONRE on the establishment of the Thai Thuy WCA in harmonization with establishment of the industrial zone
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2019/09/23]
BCA/ISPONRE/UNDP 2019/08 Completed Done, the Thai Binh PPC issued decision on establishment of Thai Thuy WCA on 9th Jun 2019 History
ISPONRE/BCA work with DONRE and related departments in TTH and TB to mainstream the wetland conservation in to provincial plans
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
ISPONRE/BCA 2019/12 Completed Both provinces issued proposals to province’s people committee on either establishment of WCA or revised land-use plans to mainstream wetland conservation As for Thai Binh, Decision 1089/QD-TT dated 31 August 2018 approving the mission on making the master plan for Thai Binh economic zone to 2040, vision to 2050 requires the planning of functional zones must include mangroves and protected areas and clarifies SEA requirements. This is the foundation and also the obligation for mainstreaming wetland conservation in the master planning process of Thai Binh economic zone. History
5. Recommendation:

Ensure that business planning is a key feature of Wetland Conservation Area planning

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ISPONRE/BCA work with DONRE to develop/finalize business plan in to the operation plan/management plan of WCA in TB and TTH
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
ISPONRE/BCA 2020/04 Initiated The operation plan/management plan is stipulated in the PPC’s Decision on establishment of TT WCA For TTH is pending. The due date is proposed to extend by Quarter I/2020 History
Submit WCA to PPC for approval, including management mechanism, human resources, required budget, etc.
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
DONRE in 2 provinces ISPONRE/BCA 2020/04 Initiated ISPONRE has collaborated with DONRE TTH, IMER to finalize and submit WCA profile for submission, but not yet finalized. History
6. Recommendation:

Promote gender-sensitive development

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
There is no need to re-design the project activities. Instead, Gender will be integrated into the project AWP’s annual targets for activity planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
PMU/UNDP 2020/07 Initiated History
7. Recommendation:

Expand range of options for livelihood enhancement (e.g., value chains, certification and branding, etc.)

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ISPONRE/BCA work with DONRE/DARD to identify the possibility expansion of livelihood options. The activities on livelihood will be led by the provincial center for agriculture promotion.
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
ISPONRE/BCA DONREs in 2 provinces 2020/06 Initiated ISPONRE has cooperated with Agricultural Extension Centre of TTH province to implement sustainable livelihood interventions. In Thai Binh: The project started support the implementation of sustainable clam culture in the middle of 2019. Up to now, trainings on sustainable clam culture for local people in 5 communes of Thai Thuy district have been organized. The sample clam pond has also shown to result in bigger clam than traditional pond of the local people. The possibility of expansion is being explored. History
8. Recommendation:

Review project management modality: NIM vs. DIM

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the AWPs of 2019 and 2020, activities will be planned with consideration of direct technical support needed from UNDP. The activities that need direct implementation from UNDP will be planned as DIM with sufficient budget allocation.
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
ISPONRE/BCA/UNDP 2019/12 Completed Activity on support for TT WCA (equipment, patrolling machines) has been shifted to UNDP for direct implementation based on the request of the Project. History
9. Recommendation:

Ensure sustainability of NWWG/LWWGs in guiding future wetland conservation efforts

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
BCA will work closely with NWWG to develop a workplan of operation
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
BCA/ISPONRE 2020/06 Initiated History
Allocate budget for operation of NWWG/LWWG
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
ISPONRE/BCA 2020/06 Initiated History
Promote the participation of LWWG in all project activities
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
INSPONRE/BCA 2020/06 Initiated History
10. Recommendation:

Review project strategic results framework, and revise as needed

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ISPONRE/BCA will work with UNDP to review the project results framework and revised as needed. The revision would not lead to any changes in the project outputs and outcomes yet will focus on key actions needed to ensure the key outputs and outcomes are achieved.
[Added: 2019/05/17] [Last Updated: 2019/09/23]
ISPONRE/BCA/UNDP 2019/08 Completed ISPONRE work with DONRE and related departments in TTH and TB to mainstream the Wetland conservation into provincial plans: Land use planning in TTH and 5 land use plans at district level has been approved by: + Decision No.850/QD-UBND dated April 3rd 2019 on approval of adjustment of land use planning till 2020 of TTH province; + Decision No.1233/QD-UBND dated May 20th 2019 on approval of adjustment of land use planning till 2020 of Quang Dien district, TTH province; + Decision No.1386/QD-UBND dated June 8th 2019 on approval of adjustment of land use planning till 2020 of Phu Vang district, TTH province; + Decision No.938/QD-UBND dated April 13th 2019 on approval of adjustment of land use planning till 2020 of Phu Loc district, TTH province; + Decision No.847/QD-UBND dated April 3rd 2019 on approval of adjustment of land use planning till 2020 of Phong Dien district, TTH province; + Decision No.1087/QD-UBND dated May 4th 2019 on approval of adjustment of land use planning till 2020 of Huong Tra commune, TTH province; As for Thai Binh, Decision 1089/QD-TT dated 31 August 2018 approving the mission on making the master plan for Thai Binh economic zone to 2040, vision to 2050 requires the planning of functional zones must include mangroves and protected areas and clarifies SEA requirements. This is the foundation and also the obligation for mainstreaming wetland conservation in the master planning process of Thai BInh economic zone. Revision of framework: Done (see attached) History

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