Terminal Evaluation of project “Promoting Climate Resilient Infrastructure in Northern Mountain Provinces of Vietnam” (00075992)

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2017
Completion Date:
07/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of project “Promoting Climate Resilient Infrastructure in Northern Mountain Provinces of Vietnam” (00075992)
Atlas Project Number: 00075992
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2017
Planned End Date: 06/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 5.2. Effective institutional, legislative and policy frameworks in place to enhance the implementation of disaster and climate risk management measures at national and sub-national levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dung Dang Ngoc
Alan Ferguson
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title:
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: 3741
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
Countries: VIET NAM
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The project period should be extended for 6-12 months depending upon the time and tasks required for UNDP and the Government of Vietnam to complete the planned activities aimed at (i) a well-tested model for integrating climate risk and vulnerability assessment into infrastructure planning, investment and maintenance processes in the pilot provinces; and (ii) an action programme within government to address the recommendations regarding policy directives and setting standards and norms for formal adoption of climate change adaptation measures in the design and approval systems for roads, embankments and irrigation facilities.

2

ADB should prepare design guidelines based on the project experiences to pro-actively support the use of bioengineering approaches in future rural infrastructure loan programmes as part of their implementation programme for the long-term strategic framework until 2020 in Viet Nam

3

MARD, MOC and MOT should further disseminate and facilitate use of the bio-engineering ‘best practices’ that have been generated by the project, including advice from the project experiences about the timing of planting and recognition of the need to understand geotechnical and watershed processes that influence roadside slopes and streamside embankment protection and rehabilitation

4

UNDP Vietnam should revise their capacity development strategy for future projects to ensure appropriate partnerships with relevant line agencies, support from senior government officials in early policy dialogue, direct counterpart engagement in technical work, and organizational development as well as human resource skills to sustain the enhanced capacity

5

GEF Secretariat should review and reconsider the oversimplified, quantitative capacity development rating scheme that it imposes on implementing agencies since it does not currently provide a reliable measure of capacity status

6

Future UNDP–ADB co-managed projects and programmatic collaboration on climate change should be designed in an integrated, results-focused manner with direct links between policy development, technical assistance and investment lending programmes

1. Recommendation:

The project period should be extended for 6-12 months depending upon the time and tasks required for UNDP and the Government of Vietnam to complete the planned activities aimed at (i) a well-tested model for integrating climate risk and vulnerability assessment into infrastructure planning, investment and maintenance processes in the pilot provinces; and (ii) an action programme within government to address the recommendations regarding policy directives and setting standards and norms for formal adoption of climate change adaptation measures in the design and approval systems for roads, embankments and irrigation facilities.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

Basically agree with the proposed extension of the project. The main activities implemented in 2017 include (i) Suggest a policy roadmap in climate change adaptation (in the short-medium-long term) to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, including proposals related to updating technical standards in transport, irrigation and river embankments, (ii) Make recommendations about the integration of climate risks and vulnerability assessments into SEDP in Bac Kan, one of the demonstration provinces under the project to form the basis for replication in other provinces, (iii) Develop detailed maps of climate risk and vulnerability assessment for the remaining 13 provinces to create an effective tool for building plans / planning in adaptation to climate change and disaster risk; (iv) Provide on-the-job training in vulnerability assessment and risk mapping for provinces so that the provinces can carry out vulnerability assessment, mapping and updating data to WebGIS on their own (v) Disseminate the project results at the central level and in other regions of Vietnam.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Suggest a policy roadmap in climate change adaptation (in the short-medium-long term) to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, including proposals related to updating technical standards in transport, irrigation and river embankments (Outcome 1). a. Make recommendations b. Organize meetings/ discussions with MARD c. Finalize recommendations
[Added: 2017/11/20]
UNDP-CPMU 2017/04 Completed The project has organized meetings to introduce proposals and consult with related central stakeholders under MARD and MOT (Directorate, departments, institutes ...). A policy roadmap has been developed. History
1.2. Make recommendations about the integration of climate risks and vulnerability assessments into SEDP in Bac Kan (Outcome 2) a. Consult with the local and finalize the TOR b. Recruit Individual Consultants c. Make recommendations d. Hold workshops/ consultation meetings with the local e. Finalize recommendations and disseminate the results
[Added: 2017/11/20]
UNDP-CPMU 2017/05 Completed
1.3. Develop detailed maps of climate risk and vulnerability assessment for the remaining 13 provinces to create an effective tool for building plans / planning in adaptation to climate change and disaster risk (Outcome 2) a. Draw up TOR and call for bids b. Recruit Contractors as an organization c. Fieldwork d. Draft products (vulnerability assessment report, vulnerability risk and mapping, Webgis demo, manual) e. Consultation workshop f. Finalize products and transfer to the local
[Added: 2017/11/20]
UNDP-CPMU 2017/05 Completed See more on http://undpgisen.wru.vn/ History
1.4 Provide on-the-job training in vulnerability assessment and risk mapping for provinces so that the provinces can carry out vulnerability assessment, mapping and updating data to Webgis on their own (Outcome 2) a. Develop a training plan b. Develop training content c. Organize 2 training classes (for 7 Northwest and 8 Northeast provinces) d. Evaluate training effectiveness
[Added: 2017/11/20]
UNDP-CPMU UNDP-CPMU 2017/05 Completed
1.5 Disseminate the project results at the central level and in other regions of Vietnam (Outcome 4) a. Select Printing Contractor b. Edit English and Vietnamese versions of products c. Transfer products to related stakeholders at the central and provincial level d. Sharing lessons learned with other regions/ projects in Vietnam e. Maintain the Webgis page
[Added: 2017/11/20]
UNDP-CPMU 2017/05 Completed The link to the Webgis page is http://undpgisen.wru.vn/ History
2. Recommendation:

ADB should prepare design guidelines based on the project experiences to pro-actively support the use of bioengineering approaches in future rural infrastructure loan programmes as part of their implementation programme for the long-term strategic framework until 2020 in Viet Nam

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

ADB component is extended to 30 May, 2017. During this process, ICEM consultant will develop manuals on design, operation and maintenance for bio-engineering embankments and rural roads.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Description activities, then specifics as needed a. ADB extends the contract with ICEM b. ICEM will continue to supervise and evaluate demonstration sites in 3 provinces of Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan and Son La. c. Consultants will develop manuals based on existing models
[Added: 2017/11/20]
ADB-ICEM 2017/05 Completed
3. Recommendation:

MARD, MOC and MOT should further disseminate and facilitate use of the bio-engineering ‘best practices’ that have been generated by the project, including advice from the project experiences about the timing of planting and recognition of the need to understand geotechnical and watershed processes that influence roadside slopes and streamside embankment protection and rehabilitation

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

Currently the demonstration sites are under monitoring and supervision. MARD needs more time to supervise and build standards and regulations to be applied effectively at the local level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 APMB and ADB/ICEM to organize the workshop to disseminate the results
[Added: 2017/11/20]
ICEM/APMB 2017/05 Completed
4. Recommendation:

UNDP Vietnam should revise their capacity development strategy for future projects to ensure appropriate partnerships with relevant line agencies, support from senior government officials in early policy dialogue, direct counterpart engagement in technical work, and organizational development as well as human resource skills to sustain the enhanced capacity

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

This recommendation is not accepted, as it is not directly applicable to the current project. The current project set-up had maximized partnership and capacity development, given certain institutional barriers and mandate of MARD’s focal point.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

GEF Secretariat should review and reconsider the oversimplified, quantitative capacity development rating scheme that it imposes on implementing agencies since it does not currently provide a reliable measure of capacity status

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

This should be reviewed by UNDP BRH/GEF HQ for further action

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Future UNDP–ADB co-managed projects and programmatic collaboration on climate change should be designed in an integrated, results-focused manner with direct links between policy development, technical assistance and investment lending programmes

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

This recommendation is not accepted. The current design had integrated well. However, given the project was delay for various reasons, the GoV loan had progressed and/or completed earlier, given little options for integrated grant/loan purpose per se. 

The issue was already raised since the inception of the project.

Key Actions:

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