Final Evaluation of the Project of Strengthening Environmental Management Information System for Coastal Development to meet Rio Convention Objectives

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2020, Côte d'Ivoire
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2017
Completion Date:
06/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

In Ivory Coast, as in most countries in the gulf of Guinea, coasts are threatened by the coastal erosion and means are insufficient to work the challenges out, and implement the Rio Conventions’ provisions. The first thing to do to counter climatic risks is to have good information about environment which is reliable and accessible to all. From this point of view, the EMIS, as pilot project, came at the right time by giving to the key players, mainly those in the coastal zones, the necessary tools to support populations of this zone of Ivory Coast.

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Title Final Evaluation of the Project of Strengthening Environmental Management Information System for Coastal Development to meet Rio Convention Objectives
Atlas Project Number: 00078128
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020, Côte d'Ivoire
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2017
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 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 19,600
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Mamadou Dianka mdianka21@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Strengthening Environmental Management Information System for Coastal Development to meet Rio Convention Objectives
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5101
PIMS Number: 4491
Key Stakeholders: Ministère en charge de l'environnement, les points focaux des collectivités locales pilotes (San-Pedro, Grand-Lahou, Port-Bouet et Grand-Bassam), les membres de la plateforme de partage de données et d'informations environnementales (Uniniversités de cocody et d'Abobo-Adjamé, CRO, CREO SODEXAM, LAPA MF, IGT, CURAT, BNETD, SOSFORETS, GEOSEVICES et FEREADD)
Countries: COTE d'IVOIRE
Comments:

Au terme de la mise en oeuvre du projet de renforcement du système d'information environnementale pour le développement de la zone côtière de Côte d'Ivoire, une évaluation terminale du projet a été conduite par un consultant international , du 11 avril au 8 mai 2017. Elle a permis de rencontrer la plupart des parties prenantes du projet à l'effet d'avoir leur feedback à travers la soumission d'un questionnaire. L'équipe de projet a facilité les séances de travail avec le consultant lors des missions de terrain. Le présent rapport final integrant les inputs des collègues du GEF, constitue le résultat des travaux d'évaluation.

Lessons
1.

Lessons learnt

Four main lessons drawn from this project final evaluation are:

1. The EMIS project is a very important project, in line with economic orientations of Ivory Coast government and with all the global initiatives to which the country has subscribed, mainly SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and all the Post Rio Conventions.

2. However, with a gap of 150 000 USD, one can remark not only the judicious use of resources but also a substantial rate of technical implementation which shows the managerial and adaptive capacity of the project management unit in synchronization with the UNDP supervision services.

3. Despite the generally satisfactory results, the project has a status of a pilot project that covers only four communes of Ivory Coast which has about 566 km of coastline. Effort to cover the whole country is needed in such a way to help in strengthening the position of Ivory Coast as leader in West Africa and in the gulf of Guinea.

4. This status as a pilot project has permitted to note, even though it is late in certain cases, the enthusiasm of actors and targeted groups of beneficiaries who were interested in this tool (EMIS) in the light of the challenges related to the management of coastal cities and other environmental problems such as biodiversity degradation, unsustainable forest planning and urban and of industrial residue management. Two universities, Nangui Abrogoua and Houphouët Boigny, have got platforms of information sharing related to these problems. This constitutes an asset in the perspective of EMIS scaling up.


Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation N° 1:

First of all, the Ministry of Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development should hold a high level meeting of EMIS project restitution chaired by the Minister, in the presence of the UNDP representative so as to advocate for the consolidation of the project and its implementation. Secondly, in the perspective of improving environmental management and implementing the provisions of the Rio Convention, the government should take greater ownership of these provisions in synergy with the training programmes of the following universities: Nangui Abrogoua, Houphouët Boigny of Abidjan and San Pedro.

2

Recommendation N° 2:

The coordination of EMIS project should ensure the centralization and sustainability of project data and results and share them in the form of CD-ROM with the technical departments of concerned universities: UCRAT, PE2D, ITG.

3

Recommendation N° 3:

The Government and UNDP should formulate, as soon as possible, an EMIS II scale-up programme in other favorable zones of the coastline. This would be achieved by consolidating the achievements of EMIS I and by integrating other problems, urban management, industrial waste management, Sustainable management of forests on the coast, preparation and monitoring of local agenda 21, and taking into account the provisions of the Rio Convention in communes development policies. Then, the Government and UNDP should organize a restitution workshop of this new program by inviting the concerned technical and financial partners as well as the local actors.

4

Recommendation N° 4:

The communes concerned with EMIS should have ownership of EMIS results within their perimeters and integrate environmental issues into their development and decentralized cooperation strategy where there is a significant potential.

5

Recommendation N°5:

Universities should promote academic training in various areas of EMIS in line with the needs of potential users and act as an interface with regional projects such as WACA management programs.

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation N° 1:

First of all, the Ministry of Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development should hold a high level meeting of EMIS project restitution chaired by the Minister, in the presence of the UNDP representative so as to advocate for the consolidation of the project and its implementation. Secondly, in the perspective of improving environmental management and implementing the provisions of the Rio Convention, the government should take greater ownership of these provisions in synergy with the training programmes of the following universities: Nangui Abrogoua, Houphouët Boigny of Abidjan and San Pedro.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2017/12/21]

A presentation of the EMIS achievement was held on March 13rd, 2017, during the cabinet meeting of the ministry of environment. The consolidation of the EMIS achievements was discussed and budget line was set-up for this purpose.   The Ministry signed a MoU with both Universities of Nangui Abrogoua and Félix Houphouet Boigny University to work closely with these entities in the framework of the implementation of Rio conventions implementation. (evidence: MoU)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The achievements of the EMIS project were presented to the Ministry authorities during a cabinet meeting and resources set-up to consolidate the Geoportal. MoU were signed with key actors of Felix Houphouet Boigny and Nangui Abrogoua Universities for a close collaboration in the implementation of Rio Conventions.
[Added: 2017/12/21]
Ministry of Environment 2017/06 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation N° 2:

The coordination of EMIS project should ensure the centralization and sustainability of project data and results and share them in the form of CD-ROM with the technical departments of concerned universities: UCRAT, PE2D, ITG.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2017/12/21]

The data and results have been shared with UCRAT, PE2D and ITG through the focal points of these institutions who have a special password for acces to the data through the EMIS Geoportal.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A specific password to access data and information on the EMIS geoportal was provided to the three focals Points representing both universities within EMIS platforme for information sharing. The two universities are members of the platforms and share their data with the Ministry as well.
[Added: 2017/12/21]
Project team 2017/06 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation N° 3:

The Government and UNDP should formulate, as soon as possible, an EMIS II scale-up programme in other favorable zones of the coastline. This would be achieved by consolidating the achievements of EMIS I and by integrating other problems, urban management, industrial waste management, Sustainable management of forests on the coast, preparation and monitoring of local agenda 21, and taking into account the provisions of the Rio Convention in communes development policies. Then, the Government and UNDP should organize a restitution workshop of this new program by inviting the concerned technical and financial partners as well as the local actors.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2017/12/21]

A project proposal on Early warning system, capitalizing on the results of the EMIS project, has been elaborated in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, to be submitted to GEF 7. The national selection committee of GEF project is scheduled to be held in 2018.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To capitalize on the results of the EMIS project and scale them up, a Multirisk Early warning system project was drafted by the ministry with the support of UNDP. It will be submitted to GEF7.
[Added: 2017/12/21]
Ministry of Environment and UNDP 2017/05 Completed
A high level meeting was held with the Ministry of environment and UNDP to endorse the formulation of the proposal related to the Early Warning system (taking into account the coastal zone) as a follow up of the EMIS project.
[Added: 2017/12/21]
Ministry of Environment and UNDP 2017/05 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation N° 4:

The communes concerned with EMIS should have ownership of EMIS results within their perimeters and integrate environmental issues into their development and decentralized cooperation strategy where there is a significant potential.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2017/12/21]

The communes involved in the project have their technical staff who contribute to feed the EMIS with local data. The 4 communes (San-Pedro, Grand-Lahou, Port-Bouet and Grand-Bassam) have integrated the environmental issues in the development strategies through their local Agenda 21.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The communes of San pedro, Grand Lahou, Port Bouet and Grand Bassam had their local agenda 21 and sustainable development committee which are the main tools of their strategic development planning ,integrating the social, economic and environmatale issues.
[Added: 2017/12/21]
The four pilot communes 2017/01 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation N°5:

Universities should promote academic training in various areas of EMIS in line with the needs of potential users and act as an interface with regional projects such as WACA management programs.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2017/12/21]

Two training sessions on the EMIS have been organized within the two Universities to familiarize the key players with the Geoportal and use it as reference in their academic training.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In addition of the MoU signed between the Ministry of environment and the Universities in the framework of the EMIS management, two trainings were organised with the keys players of University Felix Houphouet Boigny and University Nangui Abrogoua on the EMIS in such a way to foster the disseminate the tool in their academic trainings.
[Added: 2017/12/21]
Universities Felix Houphouet Boigny and Nangui Abrogoua 2017/07 Completed

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