Final Term Evaluation of the Circular Economy project

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2022, Morocco
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2022
Completion Date:
01/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Final Term Evaluation of the Circular Economy project
Atlas Project Number: 00080094
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2022, Morocco
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2022
Planned End Date: 03/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
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 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
  • 15.6 Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed
  • 15.9 By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: Project budget, GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 31,710
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Donors
  • Joint with Agency for Agricultural Development
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Ahmed BENCHEIKH Chef d’équipe
Rachid Benabbou Membre de l'équipe
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Circular Economy project
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 3989
PIMS Number: 5079
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: MOROCCO
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendations or Issues 1:  Category 1: Validity of the project design

Considering the validity of project design, it is recommended that special emphasis should be devoted to the design of future PES programmes/projects,

2

Evaluation Recommendations or Issues 2: Category 2: Institutional framework and PES governance

In terms of governance and institutional framework, it would be appropriate to: (i) build on the achievements of the project, especially as regards the Commission dedicated to the management of the RBA Ecolabel; (ii) provide a framework for the coherence of the strategies of public institutions around the RBA Ecolabel (SFM, SGG, DARED, etc.); and (iii) maintain the public-private international organisations dialogue during the implementation or revision of the RBA Ecolabel standard.

3

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Category 3: Sustainability of net benefits over time

Considering the sustainability of the net benefits and the progress towards the achievement of the impact, it is strongly recommended that the national counterpart ensures that the continuity of the CE-SM project's opportunity and its net benefits are to be continued.

4

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Category 4: Exit strategy and sustainability

The main axes of the exit and sustainability strategy (2021-2022) concern (i) the creation of an institutional and legal framework for PES at the national level; (ii) support to the implementation of the ASMEL RBA management plan; and (iii) support to the management of the RBA eco-label.

In fact, the evaluation mission recommends the organisation of a national sharing workshop dedicated to PES in Morocco. The main objectives of this workshop are: (i) to take stock and capitalise on current PES initiatives; (ii) to discuss opportunities of institutionalising PES; and (iii) to set up the RBA Ecolabel framework agreement

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendations or Issues 1:  Category 1: Validity of the project design

Considering the validity of project design, it is recommended that special emphasis should be devoted to the design of future PES programmes/projects,

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/07] [Last Updated: 2022/02/07]

Improve the design of future projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Making the intervention logic / theory of change explicit; (ii) formulating indicators in SMART mode; (iii) integrating the analysis of success assumptions and risk factors with appropriate mitigation measures; and (iv) planning the sustainability strategy for each project
[Added: 2022/02/07]
UNDP/National partner 2022/11 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendations or Issues 2: Category 2: Institutional framework and PES governance

In terms of governance and institutional framework, it would be appropriate to: (i) build on the achievements of the project, especially as regards the Commission dedicated to the management of the RBA Ecolabel; (ii) provide a framework for the coherence of the strategies of public institutions around the RBA Ecolabel (SFM, SGG, DARED, etc.); and (iii) maintain the public-private international organisations dialogue during the implementation or revision of the RBA Ecolabel standard.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/07]

Support the Commission dedicated to the management of the RBA Ecolabel 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support the Commission dedicated to the management of the RBA Ecolabel
[Added: 2022/02/07]
National Partner 2022/12 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Category 3: Sustainability of net benefits over time

Considering the sustainability of the net benefits and the progress towards the achievement of the impact, it is strongly recommended that the national counterpart ensures that the continuity of the CE-SM project's opportunity and its net benefits are to be continued.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/07] [Last Updated: 2022/02/07]

Management Response:

Integrating the consolidated project results into the Green Generation Strategy (GGS, 2020-2030) and the Forestry Strategy (FGS, 2020-2030).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discuss opportunities of institutionalising PES
[Added: 2022/02/07]
National Partner 2022/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Category 4: Exit strategy and sustainability

The main axes of the exit and sustainability strategy (2021-2022) concern (i) the creation of an institutional and legal framework for PES at the national level; (ii) support to the implementation of the ASMEL RBA management plan; and (iii) support to the management of the RBA eco-label.

In fact, the evaluation mission recommends the organisation of a national sharing workshop dedicated to PES in Morocco. The main objectives of this workshop are: (i) to take stock and capitalise on current PES initiatives; (ii) to discuss opportunities of institutionalising PES; and (iii) to set up the RBA Ecolabel framework agreement

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/07] [Last Updated: 2022/02/07]

Ensure the sustainability and continuity of the project opportunity and its net benefits

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organisation of a national sharing workshop dedicated to PES in Morocco
[Added: 2022/02/07]
National Partner 2022/12 Initiated

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