Mid-term evaluation of project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan”

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
11/2019
Completion Date:
11/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title Mid-term evaluation of project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan”
Atlas Project Number: 00092855
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2019
Planned End Date: 11/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
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
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 15.3 By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding: SCCF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 23,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
lLilit Melikyan International consultant and the Team Leader for Midterm Evaluation lilit.melikyan@yahoo.co.uk ARMENIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 6960
PIMS Number: 5459
Key Stakeholders: State Committee on Environment protection and Land Resources of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy , National Committee on Hydrometeorology under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan
Countries: TURKMENISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Improve reporting against better defined indicators.  Revise RRF and PIR

2

Improve and promote activities of the Agro-Information Centers (AICs)

3

Conduct trainings on elaborated methodologies

4

Assessment of the achieved progress regarding the remote agricultural services

5

Organize a Workshop to present the methodology/guidelines developed for the economic valuation of ecosystems and seek avenues for its wider application

6

Contribute to the revision of the NDC

7

Foster proper application and promotion of the Multicluster maps

8

Commence on the development of a concept paper on the “Agricultural extension services”

9

Building up the ownership of the project by key stakeholders

10

In the part of staffing and consultants

11

Improve Work Planning

12

Improve reporting and MEL

13

Improve Internal communication

14

Enhance gender- related activities.

1. Recommendation:

Improve reporting against better defined indicators.  Revise RRF and PIR

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

The recommendation is generally accepted and addressed through the actions below. For improvement of the evidence base for reporting TOR of the National expert on socio-economic assessment will be revised to include estimating the results in line with indicators.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.2. The project team will undertake measures to improve the evidence base for the reporting of the project against the agreed
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/10 Initiated To date, the National Expert submitted two progress report: (i) on the methodology to assess project progress, a questionnaire for data collection, and identification of project beneficiaries; and (ii) on interim results (achievements) of the project. A two-pronged is being applied. For a direct quantification of project progress, the National Expert will visit the project regions (as soon as such travel restrictions are removed) to collect data based on questionnaires and interviews with relevant stakeholders. For an indirect quantification, the project supports the National Expert in obtaining statistical information from the Government of Turkmenistan on relevant parameters for the Gengeshliks (rural municipalities including one to several villages) in the project regions. Statistical data at the level of the Gengeshlik are the lowest-level data centrally and consistently collected, and as such are envisioned to show the scaling-up influence of specific project activities implemented at the level of Daikhan Associations in a Gengeshlik on local development. History
1.1. Change the Indicator from the Project Document 2.3 “The number of approved sector strategies and plans in the water and agriculture domain that include climate change adaptation considerations and budgetary allocations” (CCA TT Indicator 12) to “Number of guidelines elaborated that include climate change adaptation considerations and budgetary allocations”
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/05/05]
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, Project team of “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” (SCRL) project 2021/04 Completed Updated 02 April 2021 with status completed: as per request of the PM (letter dated 16 February 2021), the RTA has assisted in the formal adjustment of the indicator 2.3 in the Logframe of the PIMS 5459 project (RTA confirmation letter dated 24 February 2021). Now it reads as “Number of the approved strategies and guidelines in the water and agriculture domain that include climate change adaptation considerations and budgetary allocations.”. History
2. Recommendation:

Improve and promote activities of the Agro-Information Centers (AICs)

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

The recommendation is partially accepted and addressed through the actions below. It should be noted that introduction of the income generating activities will impossible until a legalization of AIC is accepted. All significant results of the project will be shared with national stakeholders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. The project will better equip the AICs, improve the operational processes and visibility through strengthening the ties with the Velayat, etrap level administrations, velayat level of Union of Entrepreneurs, Dashoguz Agricultural University
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/05/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team MAEP 2021/10 Initiated Key Action time frame shifted till October 2021. The project continues the cooperation with DASI and the work plan of joint activities in 2020 has been prepared and submitted to the Institute for approval. One of the main activities remains the engagement of academic staff of the Institute to the work of the AIC incl. trainings, consultations and knowledge sharing. History
The project team with assistance of CTA will elaborate business plans for the Agro-Information Centers taking into account local circumstances and market research
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team MAEP 2021/10 Initiated The IC on Agro Extension Services elaborated the Concept and Basis of Business Planning to ensure the sustainability of the AICs operational in the Lebap and Dashoguz velayats, based on the international experience. In parallel, the project initiated the identification of the potential organization (host) that will functionally operate and ensure sustainability of the AICs after EOP. Also preliminary work was undertaken to prepare the work plan, determine the timeframe of business plan, etc., the results of which were presented at the PB meeting on 27 January 2021. Following the PB decision, the project team will further study options to ensure the sustainable functioning of the AICs after EOP, including the transfer of accumulated knowledge, materials and technical equipment purchased within the framework of the project. Elaborating on the work of the IC, the project formulated tentative steps for developing detailed AIC business plans, which include conducting meetings with potential future hosts, the formulation of criteria for the selection of the future host, and the completion of a stakeholder compliance analysis as well as assessment of the primary and secondary clients. History
3. Recommendation:

Conduct trainings on elaborated methodologies

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is generally accepted and addressed through the action below. It should be noted that all three elaborated methodologies have been disseminated among educational institutions and relevant departments of Agriculture and Water management ministries

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. The project team will initiate trainings for the methodologies elaborated and institute a mechanism that will allow measuring the effectiveness form the training
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2020/10/23]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team MAEP 2020/08 Completed Field information days dedicated to the elaborated methodologies were conducted in both pilot region (in Dashoguz – November 19, in Lebap – November 21). Published methodologies (300 copies each) were disseminated among key project partners and stakeholders incl. farmers associations, velayat hakimliks, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection and its subordinated institutions. Mechanism of measuring the effectiveness of trainings has been introduced in November 2019 and since that the project continues to apply it for required assessment. NE on community mobilization is in charge for tracking and assessment. The project continues to measure the effectiveness of all project events (workshops and trainings). Some of the criteria of measurement are usefulness, successfulness, and applied methodology on four-degree scorings base. The overall scoring received is between 3,7-3,8. History
4. Recommendation:

Assessment of the achieved progress regarding the remote agricultural services

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is partially accepted. The project will ensure that CTA as part of his/her ToR will provide guidance to project on the most optimal way of assessing the Emnotion’s contract deliverables and making further recommendations to ensure proper follow-up and sustainability of results

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. The achieved progress regarding the remote agricultural services will be tracked and assessed in accordance with recommendations of to-be-hired CTA
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2020/10/23]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2020/09 Completed The project announced the vacancy for ICTA in February 2020 and the recruitment process will be soon completed. The tasks of ICTA among others includes the assessment of the achieved progress under the contract with Emnotion Ltd. ICTA hired and work on this issue together with project team and representatives of Emnotion company. The recommendations and specific tasks for improvement of the quality of the remote agro-consultations have been generated and discussed. The project reviewed agro-consultations provided so far to selected beneficiaries (based on Emnotion reporting) and formulated the action plan to review cooperation with beneficiaries and plan for the 2021 growing season. History
5. Recommendation:

Organize a Workshop to present the methodology/guidelines developed for the economic valuation of ecosystems and seek avenues for its wider application

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is accepted. Previously, the project has held similar trainings and seminars at the local level. However, it is required to bring information to decision makers and hold a seminar at national level

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Organization of a workshop to present the methodology developed for the economic valuation of ecosystems and discussion with interested parties (subdivisions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment protection, scientific and educational institutions) wider application and/or revision of the methodology
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2020/12/24]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/06 Initiated History
5.1. Organization of a workshop to present the methodology developed for the economic valuation of ecosystems and discussion with interested parties (subdivisions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment protection, scientific and educational institutions) wider application and/or revision of the methodology
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/06 Completed The workshop was organized on 30 March 2021 in online mode with participation of the different stakeholders – Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, National Institute of Desert, Flora and Fauna, Ashgabat agriculture state university, Dashoguz agriculture state institute, Hyakimliks (regional authorities) of Dashoguz and Lebap regions, Hyakimliks (district authorities) of Deynau and Gorogly etraps (districts), Serdar livestock farm, Union of industrialists and Entrepreneurs, State Water Committee and representatives of the international organization including FAO, ICSD and the CADI project funded by the Succow Foundation. The National Expert presented the revised methodology for the economic valuation of ecosystems, and the results of calculations based on application of the methodology for the Serdar livestock farm. The representatives of the MAEP expressed their satisfaction on the work performed by the project and stressed the importance of the methodology for sustainable pasture management. The national expert will draft the final report, taking comments received during the workshop and on the structure of methodology into account. The final report will be submitted to the national partners. History
6. Recommendation:

Contribute to the revision of the NDC

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is partly accepted, as there is a risk with timeframe to complete work adequately as the revision process should be completed as soon as possible and revised/updated NDC must be submitted to UNFCCC secretariat by the April next year

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organization of a Round Table for discussion with interested parties on issues of updating the Nationally Determined Contributions of Turkmenistan, in part of adaptation (included in the annual project plan for 2020).
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/09 Initiated On 8 February 2021, the team of experts started the assignment on drafting the NDC report to be submitted to the UNFCCC Sec in line with the Paris Agreement. The main tasks of the National experts include (i) analysis of ongoing programs and strategies, including the INDC (2015); (ii) collection of appropriate data & information; (iii) regular consultations with stakeholders and (iv) drafting of the NDC document and submission to the TKM Gvt. In parallel, the SCRL project initiated its assigned task on climate change adaptation; the work plan was elaborated and discussed with the NDC team leader. It was noted that defining adaptation goals is important but challenging, as it requires the collection of data and proposals on opportunities for adaptation measures from an array of different stakeholders. Another challenge is estimating the national expenditures on climate change adaptation activities, as such expenditures are not earmarked directly in the state budget, but are included in sectoral plans (for example, construction of new facilities). National experts together with experts from the financial and economic block will study international practice and define the appropriate assessment approach. As restrictions for the organization of events with physical attendance will last until end of July 2021, the NDC revision process has been prolonged, and the completion of the work is envisioned by the end of Autumn 2021. History
7. Recommendation:

Foster proper application and promotion of the Multicluster maps

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

All significant project results will be communicated to interested parties. The International Consultant (CTA) will make specific recommendations on the measures that the project should take to achieve the project objectives under Outcome 3.2.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. Obtain the satellite images from Emnotion for the Land Use Department of the MAEP and send Multicluster maps to an independent expertise
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/09 Initiated The planned workshop has been successfully conducted on 10-11 May 2021 jointly with CTJ project funded by USAID. The two-day workshop was delivered by Valeriy Kamilov, GIS expert of the Emnotion company. As for the satellite images, the company agreed to provide the satellite images obtained from various open resources. A meeting with Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection will be organized in June 2021 to clarify the issues related to the format and transferring methods of satellite images. History
7.2. Seek opportunities to involve appropriate institutions and scientific bodies/advisory agencies (Hydromet Land use, Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Lebap and Dashoguz region, Dashoguz Agriculture Institute, Daykhan banks, etc) for further research and application of this tool through organization of a workshop or/and round table
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/12 Initiated A two-day workshop titled “The use of multicluster agro-ecological maps in the process of planning adaptation to climate change” was organized on May 10-11, 2021 in online mode. As per feedback received from participants, the workshop was useful and interesting in terms of application of multicluster maps for climate change adaptation purposes, developing investment strategies etc. With more than 40 participants, the workshop was successful in introducing the concept of digitalization of decision-making processes in the field of agriculture development. In parallel, on May 11, 2021 the project submitted an application for the engagement of international expertise under the “Knowledge Management and Capacity Building in Russia-UNDP Partnership” regional project. Under the partnership, the project aims to engage an international consultant on AEZ modelling, for strengthening the understanding of the stakeholders of the SCRL project on the principles and best practices on AEZ modelling approaches, and for supporting building knowledge and technical capabilities on AEZ modelling at the national level based on an assessment of the current potentials. Meanwhile the project conducted meetings with several stakeholders: with FAO national experts it was agreed to review methods used to assess soil salinity and to identify gaps to align national and international approaches for soil mapping in the context of climate change; representatives of the Scientific Agriculture Production Center agreed to support the project's efforts to identify the agro-climatic requirements for the main strategic crops, necessary for the development of the AEZ. The findings will be presented in the Concept Note and during a workshop planned for autumn 2022. History
8. Recommendation:

Commence on the development of a concept paper on the “Agricultural extension services”

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is partially accepted but will be more carefully considered/discussed once CTA hired in the next year.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. Organization of training of consultants on the dissemination of knowledge and skills in the field of integrated natural resources management through Agro-information centers based on the approach to joint development of technologies
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/11 Initiated In consideration of the importance to conduct this training with the physical presence of participants (future agricultural extension consultants) using methods of interactive communication, the training tentatively has been shifted to autumn 2021, assuming that travel restriction to pilot regions will be cancelled and the organization of live training will be possible. History
8.2. Based on the assessments and provided recommendations of the CTA, a concept paper “Agricultural extension services” will be drafted for Turkmenistan’s condition and discussed with relevant institutions
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/07 Initiated On 16 October 2020 a webinar on “Establishing agricultural advisory (extension) services and knowledge dissemination services in Turkmenistan” was organized to discuss the possibilities and requirements for the promotion of agricultural extension services and knowledge in the context of Turkmenistan, further activities of AICs established, and global best practices in developing agricultural extension services. A draft framework action plan for the development of a Concept document and follow-up activities was presented, as well as a framework for the development, financing and sustainability of the existing AICs based on the adoption of market principles. A common vision for the development of agricultural extension services based on the established AICs was discussed. Subsequently, project staff adapted the Concept document to strengthen alignment with current developments in the agriculture sector, including ongoing reforms, institutional arrangements and needs. The Concept document will be distributed among interested parties to collect feedback. History
9. Recommendation:

Building up the ownership of the project by key stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is partially accepted. More emphasis will be put on building up the ownership of the project by key stakeholders.  This issue will be carefully considered once CTA hired in the next year.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.2. Ensure that UNDP is more detail-oriented in relation to the reporting aspects of the project and strives to ensure that the AIC’s capacity to achieve the expectations that are placed upon them
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2022/02 Initiated The project manager continuous to provide the progress report on two-week basis. A separate meeting was organized on May 17, 2021 with Senior Managers (including i.a. RR) to discuss in detail the project progress, delivery status, activities planned by EoP. The PM raised issues that constrain the successful implementation of the project's objectives such as lasting travel restrictions connected with COVID-19 outbreak. As project duration was extended, the PM prepared the AWP and budget to the revised EoP date to be submitted to the implementing partner for approval. The AWP to March 31, 2022 was officially submitted to the MEAP through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 02, 2021. History
9.1. The project will ask for getting an officially nominated person for Project Board and for involvement of relevant departments from MAEP in promoting the project activities.
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/04 Completed The next 8th PB meeting was agreed to be held on 2 October 2020, to which all agreed members of the PB will be invited and encouraged to participate. According to the set procedures invitation for PB meetings are being disseminated by the national counterpart. History
10. Recommendation:

In the part of staffing and consultants

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

The recommendation is accepted. All proposed recruitments will be done the next year with appropriate allocations in the project budget.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1. The project will hire CTA for overall guidance, support and monitoring of project progress, an International adaptation expert (as a matter of urgency) and staff members for certain outputs as required
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2020/10/23]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2020/06 Completed The project announced the vacancy for ICTA in February 2020 and re-announced vacancy for recruitment of the International Short-term Consultant on climate change adaptation (due to not technical compliance of applied candidates). The recruitment process will be soon completed. Project Specialists have been recruited based on the revised ToRs since April 2020. Pasture Management issues have been transferred to Water Specialist while gender and remote agro-consultations focused issues to Land Specialist. Mr Harald Leummens (from Netherlands), International Consultant has been selected for the position of ICTA of the SCRL project. He will provide overall technical assistance the project team during the period of June 2020 – July 2021. Though the vacancy for recruitment of the International adaptation expert was announced twice, the project did not manage to select appropriate candidate. It was decided that the project will rely on the experience of recruited ICTA and other ICs. History
11. Recommendation:

Improve Work Planning

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

Recommendation is accepted. Issue on project extension will be carefully considered closer to the end of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1. The Project Manager under guidance of CTA will improve work planning and budget disbursement as well as co-financing planning by Government and UNDP
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/12 Initiated Under guidance of ICTA the work plan and budget disbursement based on the approved project extension to March 31, 2022 were prepared and reviewed by UNDP CO. On June 02, 2021, the revised work plan and budget were submitted to the Implementing partner for consideration and approval. The project continues to secure partnerships and resources from international and private funds such as USAID, FAO, UNDP Climate promise initiatives, local NGOs etc. History
11.2. The project will try to accelerate implementation of delaying activities to complete the project within initially indicated timeframe. However, UNDP CO will consider the no-cost project extension issue within next 1-2 year based on the project progress.
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/06 Completed As previously reported, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many project activities were not fully implemented, and therefore the issue of a no-cost project extension was discussed at the Project Board meeting on 27 January 2021. The PB members supported the project no-cost extension, and the decision taken was documented properly. Based on the PB decision, the request for no-cost project extension by 6 months (until March 31, 2022) was prepared and on March 15, 2021, submitted to the UNDP Regional Office along with AWP, Procurement Plan, Budget Revision table and other supporting documents received from the National implementing partner and the UNDP CO. The project extension request was approved by the UNDP GEF Executive Coordinator on April 6, 2021. History
11.2. The project will try to accelerate implementation of delaying activities to complete the project within initially indicated timeframe. However, UNDP CO will consider the no-cost project extension issue within next 1-2 year based on the project progress.
[Added: 2019/12/08]
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/06 Not Initiated
12. Recommendation:

Improve reporting and MEL

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is partially accepted but will be carefully considered once CTA hired in the next year.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.2. An official note will be sent to the Hakimliks of the pilot regions to receive official information on co-financing and the previously submitted data on co-financing will be recalculated
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/11 Initiated Issues related to obtain the data on co-financing by the Government were discussed with the National Project Coordinator who suggested to officially request this data towards the end date of the project to ensure a more complete and wider coverage of the required data. Meanwhile, the project continues collecting officially published data on climate change adaptation activities carried out in the pilot regions that are relevant to be considered as the co-financing input by the Government. History
12.2. An official note will be sent to the Hakimliks of the pilot regions to receive official information on co-financing and the previously submitted data on co-financing will be recalculated
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/05/05]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/06 Initiated At the PB meeting hold on January 2020 the project informed about need in the official information required for assessment of the co-financing was discussed. PB agreed and took an appropriate decision on that. History
12.1. Summary of PIRs will be translated and shared with PB.
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/04 Completed Project indicated in the PIR-2020 the latest risk emerged due to the COVID-19. The finding of PIR-2020 was presented at the PB meeting organized on 2 October 2020. The findings of the new PIR report to be conducted June-July 2021 (subject to Project extension approval) will be presented in the next/final PB meeting at the beginning of 2022 History
13. Recommendation:

Improve Internal communication

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

This recommendation is generally accepted. Communication and exchange of information with local coordinators will be ensured via telephone, internet (e-mail and skype), regular meetings and during the travels to the pilot regions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
14.1. The project will develop a comprehensive Communications and Knowledge sharing Plan to benefit diverse stakeholders, including Project Board members and GEF Regional Center.
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, Communication Associate 2021/05 Completed With support of ICTA the Communications and Knowledge Sharing Plan has been elaborated and agreed within the protect team. The plan reflects the key stakeholders to be engaged, the knowledge products and implementation arrangements, highlighting the activities to be carried out in 2021-2022. The plan was submitted to UNDP CO and approved for further implementation History
14.1. The project will develop a comprehensive Communications and Knowledge sharing Plan to benefit diverse stakeholders, including Project Board members and GEF Regional Center.
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, Communication Associate 2021/10 Completed With support of ICTA the Communications and Knowledge Sharing Plan has been elaborated and agreed within the protect team. The plan reflects the key stakeholders to be engaged, the knowledge products and implementation arrangements, highlighting the activities to be carried out in 2021-2022. The plan was submitted to UNDP CO and approved for further implementation. History
14. Recommendation:

Enhance gender- related activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/08]

Proposed suggestions are generally accepted. Gender issues will be included in the assignment of the Project Specialist for Land Management to be hired next years.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
15.1. Preparation of the Gender-oriented action plan to be carried out under SCRL project and progress reports
[Added: 2019/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/04 Completed With support of the GSP the project recruited again the same International Gender Consultant to address recommendation given under MTR. A gender action plan was developed in July 2020. All project related activities are being implemented according to this Gender Plan with active involvement of women and girls History

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