Evaluation of project “Enhancing Transboundary Management in Drini river basin”

Report Cover Image
Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Albania
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
Completion Date:
Management Response:
Evaluation Budget(US $):


Document Type Language Size Status Downloads
Download document UNDP-GEF-MTR-TOR- DRIN Final Draft 20 June 2018.docx tor English 83.53 KB Posted 284
Download document UNDP-GEF-MTR-TOR- DRIN Final IC contract.docx tor English 85.13 KB Posted 246
Download document 2019 MTR FINAL GEF - Drin Report.pdf report English 1935.17 KB Posted 312
Title Evaluation of project “Enhancing Transboundary Management in Drini river basin”
Atlas Project Number: 00082116
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Albania
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2019
Planned End Date: 03/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Resilience
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 13,000
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,800
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: “Enhancing Transboundary Management in Drini river basin”
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: International Waters
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4483
PIMS Number: 4482
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration
Countries: ALBANIA

The project should have a no cost extension of until 28 February 2021 to ensure sufficient time for the outcome impacts to be fully realized. The reasoning for this includes i) a delay in starting project activities due to a) securing “no-objection” from Albania for GWP ground staff b) the decision to ensure that parallel activities could be conducted in the Kosovo (White Drini) project; ii) the TDA taking longer than anticipated due to a) delays in achieving field monitoring results due to the delayed start, b) delays in the thematic report on Hydrology ; iii) the establishment of an unforeseen, but highly important and country driven

Expert Working Group on Flood Control which needs time to convene and provide meaningful input for the SAP; iv) greater time for SAP development than envisioned in ProDoc, v) taking advantage of the large Annual stakeholder and DCG meeting in November 2020 to showcase its achievements and forward the SAP; and vi) ensuring sufficient time to close the project (2-3 months). Based on the release of funds to date, it is reasonable to assume that there will be sufficient funds to continue until the recommended date.


The Outcome 2 Indicator #1 should be reworded to read “The Shared Vision contained in the 2011 Drin MoU is confirmed to be consistent with the findings of the TDA”, and its associated target should be changed accordingly.

The Outcome 2 Indicator #2 should be reworded to read “A Strategic Action Programme (SAP with a 5-year time horizon) consistent with the 2011 Drin Shared Vision MoU and based on TDA findings, is approved by the DCG. It should address main issues of transboundary concern and contain concrete actions at the national and regional levels, as well as environmental quality objectives (horizon of 20 years), relevant indicators, and strategic development lines and priorities”.


The budget associated with Outcome 2 indicator #1 should be reduced to reflect the new level of effort envisioned, and a commensurate amount should be added to indicator #2.


The verification for Outcome 4 Indicator 1 should read, “TORs are developed for EWGs, meetings of the EWGs are held, and related reports include recommendations for the DCG to implement the project and the Drin MoU”.


Outcome 4 indicator 2 should be reworded to “Inter-ministerial committees are formed and/or there is multi-sectoral input and discussions at the national level with regard to SAP development and responding to guidance from the DCG”. The respective target should be expanded to “The Inter-Ministerial Committees are established and/or functional inter-sectoral dialogue at the national level is conducted.”


It is important that Kosovo move alongside its neighbours in addressing Drin Basin challenges. It is not eligible for vertical funding and efforts by GWP-Med, and both UNDP IRH and Kosovo, should be exercised to leverage bi-lateral funding for inclusion of Kosovo. At the very minimum continuation for Kosovo participation in DCG and SAP implementation should be ensured through their participation as “experts in their respective fields”


Greater emphasis should be placed on the Expert Working Group on Floods, as it provides an entry point for power companies into the SAP development and basin management in general. The EWG should have its TOR expanded, if necessary, to discuss possibilities of how to enhance power generation as well as balance flood control. Seek to change the name to Flood Control and Power Enhancement. The EWG on flood control should consider as part of the SAP development:

• A study in looking to examine a cascade approach to facility operations while maximizing flood control and power benefits based on the previous EU Regional Strategy for Sustainable Hydropower in the Western Balkans.

• Exploring additional storage developed in the White Drini with a primary function of flood control, augmenting power generation at the 500MW dam at Fierzë in Albania, and possibly opportunistic power generation in Kosovo. An example could be taken from the Duncan dam in the Columbia system.

• A study to look at “ecosystem approach to flood management”, such as the development of constructed flood plains or groundwater recharge zones.


Undertake to determine what interests power companies may have in participating in a Drin Basin Management Plan. This would include addressing pollution and debris entering turbines and increasing the life span of the reservoirs through sedimentation control (re-forestation and protection of riparian zones, upstream storage, road and development planning etc.).


In preparing to undertake the focal groups associated with the development of the SAP, care should be taken to not create over-expectations of what can be delivered within the scope of the current project. It should contain a mix of on-the ground measures that can be easily be decided on (such as diversion of the Sateska river from Lake Ohrid), but also for additional planning and data gatherings and analysis. A target should be to have an agreed SAP by June 30, 2020 for submission to GEF as a precursor for applying for GEF 7 funding for SAP implementation


The Information Management System should first be functional to serve the needs of the DCG decision making, and the beneficiary national bodies (as it currently does). Its development into a more sophisticated automated system, as initially envisioned, should considered for inclusion in SAP implementation


Continue to push for better cooperation with World Bank Albania Water Resources and Irrigation Project.


Effort should be placed on finding out the status of complimentary projects to better assess co-financing for the terminal evaluation.  

Latest Evaluations

Contact us

1 UN Plaza
DC1-20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel. +1 646 781 4200
Fax. +1 646 781 4213