Final evaluation of the Project on UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Mongolia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2019
Completion Date:
08/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title Final evaluation of the Project on UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme
Atlas Project Number: 00086253
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Mongolia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2019
Planned End Date: 06/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
  • 2. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 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
  • 15.9 By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding: project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Michael Richards Mr. richardsem@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: MONGOLIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

A request should be made for a three-month no-cost extension with the main objective of completing the unfinished readiness agenda so that national capacity to apply for future adaptation or mitigation funding (with a focus on SFM) is strengthened. The priorities are completion of the REDD+ National Program document and development of a donor proposal for work on soil carbon, especially in permafrost layer areas.est should be made for a three-month no-cost extension with the main objective of completing the unfinished readiness agenda so that national capacity to apply for future adaptation or mitigation funding (with a focus on SFM) is strengthened. The priorities are completion of the REDD+ National Program document and development of a donor proposal for work on soil carbon, especially in permafrost layer areas.

2

Given the very strong synergy of the actions needed for both mitigation (or REDD+) and adaptation, amend the REDD+ NP so that it is more in line with the Programme’s “REDD+ Vision” and becomes a REDD+ and Adaptation NP. This would require modified or additional PAMs to increase adaptation capacity in the forest sector, especially as regards livelihood resilience of vulnerable stakeholder groups, including reconciling grazing and forestry issues, and enhancing local institutional capacity. There should also be more emphasis in the PAMs on an enabling policy and regulatory framework for SFM by FUGs, including strengthening rights, and for wood and NTFP processing.

3

The NS/NP should be based on the PAMs and not try and incorporate activities proposed in the six Sub-National Action Plans (SNAPs). The SNAPs should be re-visited after the NS has been approved, and according to whether and when they are needed in the REDD+ implementation stage.

4

Clearer guidance could be provided on the sequencing of national and sub-national planning and good practice as regards the substantive content of NS documents.

5

Undertake a rapid assessment of current data and understanding of the drivers in permafrost layer forest.

6

The requirement of a named decision-making alternate (at all times) to the NPD needs to be explicitly specified in the National Programme Document signed by government.

7

Minimise the number of personnel changes as regards country office focal points, RTAs, CTAs and NPDs.

8

Develop common financial/accounting definitions and procedures, e.g., liquidation categories and procedures on so-called “hard” and “soft commitments”.

9

The length of the in-country evaluation mission should be increased to three weeks or 15 working days.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

A request should be made for a three-month no-cost extension with the main objective of completing the unfinished readiness agenda so that national capacity to apply for future adaptation or mitigation funding (with a focus on SFM) is strengthened. The priorities are completion of the REDD+ National Program document and development of a donor proposal for work on soil carbon, especially in permafrost layer areas.est should be made for a three-month no-cost extension with the main objective of completing the unfinished readiness agenda so that national capacity to apply for future adaptation or mitigation funding (with a focus on SFM) is strengthened. The priorities are completion of the REDD+ National Program document and development of a donor proposal for work on soil carbon, especially in permafrost layer areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed, with following actions to be taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Present findings and recommendations of the Final Evaluation to the PEB and request endorsement for no cost extension.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
PIU and TE consultants 2018/11 Completed
if endorsed by the PEB, request no-cost extension from the UN-REDD secretariat.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
PIU, three UN agencies, PEB 2018/11 Completed
Arrange technical backstopping to complete the REDD+ National Programme Document
[Added: 2019/11/02]
UNDP CO 2019/01 Completed Individual consultant was hired to complete the document.
2. Recommendation:

Given the very strong synergy of the actions needed for both mitigation (or REDD+) and adaptation, amend the REDD+ NP so that it is more in line with the Programme’s “REDD+ Vision” and becomes a REDD+ and Adaptation NP. This would require modified or additional PAMs to increase adaptation capacity in the forest sector, especially as regards livelihood resilience of vulnerable stakeholder groups, including reconciling grazing and forestry issues, and enhancing local institutional capacity. There should also be more emphasis in the PAMs on an enabling policy and regulatory framework for SFM by FUGs, including strengthening rights, and for wood and NTFP processing.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

This recommends that the REDD+ NP be re-oriented to become a REDD+ and adaptation NP. This is beyond the scope of the NP and the UN-REDD Programme. We provide support to countries in terms of mitigation actions, particularly so in the land-use sector and therefore REDD+. Links can be made with adaptation programmes that a country, in this case Mongolia, would like to / needs to make – but it cannot be a core part of a REDD+ NP as suggested by the evaluators. We therefore disagree with this recommendation as it is not our mandate and beyond the scope of the UN-REDD Programme and the Mongolia NP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Clarify this recommendation with evaluators via email and skype.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
UNDP CO and RTA 2018/12 Completed UNDP do not agree with this recommendation. Clarification correspondences are documented as annex of the Final evaluation report.
3. Recommendation:

The NS/NP should be based on the PAMs and not try and incorporate activities proposed in the six Sub-National Action Plans (SNAPs). The SNAPs should be re-visited after the NS has been approved, and according to whether and when they are needed in the REDD+ implementation stage.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed to re-visit sub-National Action Plans when REDD+ NP is approved

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalize REDD+ NP
[Added: 2019/11/02]
MET and other implementing partners 2018/01 Completed
Validate it at the national level and obtain full political commitments
[Added: 2019/11/02]
NPD, MET 2018/01 Completed Validated REDD+ NP at national forum organized History
Agree on re-visiting the sub-national action plans when REDD+ NP is approved.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
MET and implementing partners 2018/11 Completed The participating key stakeholders reached an agreement to watch and revisit the plan when the Stretegy is approved.
4. Recommendation:

Clearer guidance could be provided on the sequencing of national and sub-national planning and good practice as regards the substantive content of NS documents.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide clearer guidance to MET and PIU
[Added: 2019/11/02]
UNDP CO and RTA 2018/01 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Undertake a rapid assessment of current data and understanding of the drivers in permafrost layer forest.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Assess current data and discuss with key informants
[Added: 2019/11/02]
PIU, FAO and UNDP 2018/01 Completed
6. Recommendation:

The requirement of a named decision-making alternate (at all times) to the NPD needs to be explicitly specified in the National Programme Document signed by government.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation is shared with the CO team.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
UNDP and Government of Mongolia 2019/01 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Minimise the number of personnel changes as regards country office focal points, RTAs, CTAs and NPDs.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation is shared with the UNDP Region and CO teams.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
UNDP and Government of Mongolia 2019/01 Completed
8. Recommendation:

Develop common financial/accounting definitions and procedures, e.g., liquidation categories and procedures on so-called “hard” and “soft commitments”.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed. Noted for future joint projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation is shared with the CO team.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
UN agencies 2019/01 Completed
9. Recommendation:

The length of the in-country evaluation mission should be increased to three weeks or 15 working days.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/02]

Agreed. Noted for future action.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation is shared with the CO team.
[Added: 2019/11/02]
UNDP and Government of Mongolia 2019/01 Completed General Note: Overall, UNDP disagrees with the ratings as provided by the evaluation team due to inconsistency in rating of outputs managed by participating UN agencies and the way the evaluation methodology and criteria have been applied across outputs and outcomes. In a number of cases, UNDP considers that outcome level changes were demanded at the Output levels. Moreover, Output ratings were applied between ratings, i.e. Output x is rated as between “Satisfactory” and “Moderately satisfactory”. Despite repeated commenting from UNDP side, these were not sufficiently addressed by the consultants. History

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