Terminal Evaluation - GEF-GOI- UNDP Project entitled mainstreaming conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian states

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2015
Completion Date:
12/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation - GEF-GOI- UNDP Project entitled mainstreaming conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian states
Atlas Project Number: 00058538
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2017
Planned End Date: 11/2015
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.5. Legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions enabled to ensure the conservation, sustainable use, and access and benefit sharing of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems, in line with international conventions and national
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 28,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dr. A. K. Sharma Evaluation Team Meber sharmaak@icfre.org INDIA
Dr. Jitendra Kumar Evaluation Team Meber director.dmapr@icar.gov.in INDIA
Dr. T. S. Nayar Evaluation Team Meber tsnayar@gmail.com INDIA
Prof. A. K. Bhatnagar Evaluation Team Meber akbhatnagar49@gmail.com INDIA
Dr. G. S. Rawat Evaluation Team Meber rawatg@wii.gov.in INDIA
Dr. S. K. Srivastava Evaluation Team Meber bsinc2001@rediffmail.com INDIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Mainstreaming conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian states
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-3
GEF Project ID: 1156
PIMS Number: 1024
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
Countries: INDIA
Comments:

A GEF-GoI-UNDP project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal
Plants Diversity in Three Indian States’ has been operational since 2008 in the States of Arunachal
Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change felt that the Terminal Evaluation by one or
two international experts cannot do justice as the project is quite complex and multi-sectoral. The
Ministry in consultation with UNDP has, therefore, decided to conduct the terminal evaluation through
a group of Indian experts who have adequate experience in different sectors related to medicinal
plants.
Accordingly, the Ministry has constituted the following Expert Group:
1. Director, Forest Research Institute or representative
2. Director, Botanical Survey of India or representative
3. Director, Wildlife Institute of India or representative
4. Director, ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal & Plant Research, Anand or representative
5. Director, TKDL or representative
6. Dr. T. S. Nayar, formerly Head, Division of Conservation Biology, JNTBGRI , Kerala
7. Prof. A. K. Bhatnagar, formerly Head of Botany Department, University of Delhi, Delhi
8. UNDP representative(s)
9. MoEFCC representative – Dr. J. R. Bhatt, Scientist G

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The inter-sectoral strategies for conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants formulated at both national and state level must be implemented in right spirit and earnest.

2

The national and state level policies on forests and traditional knowledge must be revised as deemed appropriate so as to address the concerns of conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants

3

The course modules developed for IFS and frontline staff of the Forest Department must continue to be part of their training course curriculum.

4

The chapter on NTFPs including medicinal plants given in the National Forest Working Plan Codes must be referred to and implemented while revising Forest Divisional Working Plans

5

Undertake threat assessment of medicinal plants of conservation concern, especially the endemic ones, using IUCN Red List categories and criteria. The Red Listed medicinal plants to be brought under conservation action.

6

Geographical Indications (GI) and patents on processes and products derived from medicinal and aromatic plants

7

Harmonized System (HS) codes for medicinal and aromatic plants

8

Implementation of strategies developed under the present project

9

Organisation of outreach programmes at national and global levels for popularising the codified and non-codified systems of Indian medicine

10

Two studies have been commissioned at regional level by UNDP i.e. for Western and Central India to assess the supply chain of medicinal plants and value additions along the supply chain.  Studies commissioned by UNDP could not be completed due to paucity of funds.

1. Recommendation:

The inter-sectoral strategies for conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants formulated at both national and state level must be implemented in right spirit and earnest.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

Noted. The strategy will be implemented by National and state government and other stakeholders

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The strategy will be implemented by National and state government and other stakeholders.
[Added: 2017/12/20]
Relevant departments of National & State Governments 2017/10 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Since the project is closed, this not tracked as of now. However, in the next phase of project, it is expected to be supported by UNDP]
2. Recommendation:

The national and state level policies on forests and traditional knowledge must be revised as deemed appropriate so as to address the concerns of conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

National level draft policy and strategy on conservation and sustainable use of Medicinal Plants has been developed -Three state policies for medicinal plants conservation developed  (Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand)

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

The course modules developed for IFS and frontline staff of the Forest Department must continue to be part of their training course curriculum.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

The course modules have been officially included in the curriculum of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA)

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

The chapter on NTFPs including medicinal plants given in the National Forest Working Plan Codes must be referred to and implemented while revising Forest Divisional Working Plans

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

Training have been given in 3 project state to Divisional Forest Officer (Working Plans) to do the same.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As directed by MoEFCC, UNDP is currently developing a proposal on upscaling/ replication of the project under the new initiative of the Government namely, Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA). The new proposal will include this component.
[Added: 2017/12/20]
UNDP & MoEFCC 2017/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Undertake threat assessment of medicinal plants of conservation concern, especially the endemic ones, using IUCN Red List categories and criteria. The Red Listed medicinal plants to be brought under conservation action.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

Threat assessment study was conducted at the national level under this project. After rigorous examination process, IUCN has included 44 species in their book. Actions needs to be taken by GoI and State to develop recovery and conservation programmes for some of these species after national level consultations

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Geographical Indications (GI) and patents on processes and products derived from medicinal and aromatic plants

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

First GI obtainmed on Medicinal Plant from Uttarakhand Cinnamomum Tamala (Tejpat).  Presently 500 farmers are being registered with the Registry with support from the Herbal Research and Development Institute. Based on the above experience UNDP is developing a knowledge product on Geographical Indications registered from the Himalayan States (especially high altitude areas) which will serve as a learning document for potential GIs to be registered in the region

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a Communication and knowledge product to advocate for GI and patents on processes and products derived from medicinal and aromatic plants. This will get an emphasis in the new project being developed
[Added: 2017/12/20]
UNDP, MoEFCC & NMP 2017/03 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Harmonized System (HS) codes for medicinal and aromatic plants

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

Government of India is moving on this through the Executive Committee of the National Biodiversity Authority on medicinal plants

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

Implementation of strategies developed under the present project

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

This is the mandate of the Government of India and the state Government. However, UNDP is developing a new proposal under the guidance of MoEFCC. Chhattisgarh State Medicinal Plant Board has received funding of INR 7.36 crores from the State Forest Department under CAMPA  for replicating project activities in new sites. Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have submitted similar proposals for funding under CAMPA and to their respective State Governments

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Organisation of outreach programmes at national and global levels for popularising the codified and non-codified systems of Indian medicine

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

Noted. This component will be included in the new proposal being developed by UNDP. However during the past project period more than 100 knowledge products were were developed including brochures, films, radio programmes, mascots, websites and puppet shows. Project experiences and learning shared in more than 10 National and 5 International workshops and training programmes.

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

Two studies have been commissioned at regional level by UNDP i.e. for Western and Central India to assess the supply chain of medicinal plants and value additions along the supply chain.  Studies commissioned by UNDP could not be completed due to paucity of funds.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20]

UNDP added more funds from its core resources to complete these studies and shared the reports with MoEFCC and NMPB

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Action already taken and studies have been completed.
[Added: 2017/12/20]
UNDP & MoEFCC 2017/06 Completed

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