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
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
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 Nationality
lLilit Melikyan International consultant and the Team Leader for Midterm Evaluation 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
1.1. 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
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: 2021/11/10]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/10 Completed During the reporting period the project response to this recommendation was redesigned. COVID-related restrictions hampered the National expert contracted to conduct independent indicator data verification to visit the pilot regions and conduct a structured social survey with project beneficiaries and representatives of local communities to independently validate the project's progress towards achieving its indicator targets. In response, to allow for the evaluation of the quantified indicator achievements the project revised the methodology and instructed the local project team on quantitative indicator data collection. As result, local experts (i) obtained information for indicator data; (ii) conducted meetings with beneficiaries engaged into the project; (iii) based on discussions prepared the Final report on implementation of Local Adaptation Plans for six farmers associations and two livestock farms; (iv) validated the information and data obtained, through local authorities, Daikhan Associations and other relevant authorities with knowledge of local conditions and understand of project activities conducted 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: 2021/11/10]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team MAEP 2021/10 Completed The project continued to improve operational processes and visibility of AICs. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, the project adopted an adaptive approach, enhancing technical and human capacities to enable conducting most of its planned meetings, discussions, workshops and training events in an online mode. For this purpose, the project-supported Agro Infomation Centres were provided with additional communication and safety equipment, disinfection agents while also additional cleaning staff was hired. Using a COVID-19 safety protocol enabled the project to use the AICs to conduct online meetings and workshops with the participation of community members. To strengthen the capacity of local communities to cope with the impacts of climate change, the project continued the established collaboration with other projects and initiatives with comparable objectives. The project’s AICs were instrumental for the organization of online seminars and in-person meetings of the CADI (Succow Foundation), FAO-CACILM, EBRD and USAID projects with the participation of local administrations, interested farmers and private structures. Within the framework of the ongoing cooperation with the USAID project “Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia” (CTJ) a number of activities were conducted in the pilot regions, specifically (i) an additional local agronomist was recruited for the Dashoguz region to provide regular online agro-consultations; (ii) online trainings on alternative sources of income were organized; (iii) one international consultant was contracted to conduct a GIS training; and (iv) a smart greenhouse was procured for the AIC in the Dashoguz region. CTJ also i) assisted in the procurement of the seedlings for both pilot regions; (ii) continues to provide online consultations by the local agronomist; and (iii) organized a hands-on training on greenhouse crop production. As in previous years, the project published a variety of information materials such as booklets, brochures, posters, etc. to raise awareness on project activities, climate resilient technologies, etc. Thematic posters dedicated to the rational use of water and land resources, as well as the optimization of mineral fertilizers were prepared in the Turkmen language and disseminated among all pilot farmers’ associations and educational institutions. In addition, the project published and distributed a brochure in Turkmen and Russian languages on project activities conducted since the beginning, covering all project components and results achieved. Also the Climate Box publication was distributed among secondary schools in both pilot regions, TSAI and special educational institutions as part of an Entertainment and Information event dedicated to World Climate Day, organized on May 21, 2021 in the AICs of the project. 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: 2021/11/12]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team MAEP 2021/10 Completed Concept and draft Business Plans for sustainable operation of AICs in Project regions of Lebap and Dashoguz, developed by the International consultant on Extension Services have been presented and discussed during the last Project Board meeting held on 14 October, 2021. Members of the Project Board have also discussed the potential options for handover of the AICs to a few competing hosts, including local administrations at district level, private sector representatives and nature protection NGOs. The Board has agreed that the final decision on transfer of the AICs would be made by the National partner Ministry – the MAEP and this will be discussed with the senior management at the ministry and then the project will commence the formal handover of the AICs to selected hosts. Once decision is made the draft business plans will be revised orientated to hosts’ technical capacity and final version of the business plans will be developed and adopted by the hosts through the technical support of the project team. 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: 2021/07/01]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/06 Completed technical glitch, duplicated key action 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: 2021/12/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2022/01 Completed Under the coordinated guidance and support of UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan, the updated draft of the National Determined Contribution (NDC) was prepared for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The NDC includes updated information on the GHG inventory, and defines the country's long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. Upon completion of the technical work, the final draft of the NDC was sent for consideration and approval to the Government of Turkmenistan, to be circulated for comments and additional proposals among the key ministries and organizations with designated responsibilities dealing with climate change issues. Updated on 7 April 2020: Planned round table was shifted to the late period due to the restrictions associated with outbreak of Covid-19. The project together with other GEF/UNDP project has initiated the planning process of the NDC revision to be funded under the “UNDP's Climate Promise: Enhancing NDCs by 2020” indicating time frame, budget and source of finance, the Contingency planning due to COVID-19 and Technical assistance needs of the country. Updated on 23 October 2020: Terms for reference for Group of four experts (Team leader, Expert on Adaptation, Expert on Mitigation and Expert on GHG emission) have been prepared and to be announced soon for revision of the NDC. NDC revision process will engage a broad stakeholders and Academia. With this purpose, the Round table consultations have been planned for this year. If the circumstances do not allow due to COVID outbreak continues, the workshop will be shifted to the late period, probably to the beginning of 2021 year. Updated on 02 April 2021: 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. Updated on September 2021: The project assisted in preparation of the lists of required data, questionnaires, and a format for providing data on key areas of climate change adaptation. An official request to provide data on adaptation measures undertaken and financial allocations provided was submitted to the national implementing agency (MAEP). In order to strengthen the national counterpart’s understanding of the purpose and need for the data and information requested, in support of ensuring efficiency and timely data acquisition, an explanatory note was prepared, including information on the essence of adaptation and mitigation measures. The priority areas and activities outlined in the revised Turkmenistan National Climate Change Strategy (2019) were taken as a basis for the identification of national mitigation and adaptation goals. During last two months the project supported in conduction of literature review, working meetings with key institutions for collection of available data and information required. At present, the draft final report on climate change adaptation was prepared and submitted to the team leader on revision of NDC-2. Due to the worsened situation related to COVID-19 outbreak, the process of in-person discussions with stakeholders had to be cancelled. Thus, the submission of revised NDC is rescheduled to the end of 2021. Updated on December 2, 2021: Under the coordinated guidance and support of UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan, the updated draft of the National Determined Contribution (NDC) was prepared for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The NDC includes updated information on the GHG inventory, and defines the country's long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. Upon completion of the technical work, the final draft of the NDC was sent for consideration and approval to the Government of Turkmenistan, to be circulated for comments and additional proposals among the key ministries and organizations with designated responsibilities dealing with climate change issues. The updated NDC of Turkmenistan was also discussed during an online Development Partners Climate Group Coordination meeting on 19 October 2021, organized by the UNDP CO together with the British Embassy in Turkmenistan, aimed at continuing the established dialogue with the Government of Turkmenistan on the implementation of development projects in the field of environment and climate change. The formal approval of the NDC is planned for December 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: 2021/09/22]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/09 Completed On July 2nd, 2021 the project organized the meeting attended by representatives of the MAEP including National Project Coordinator to discuss the preliminary outcomes of the work of the Emnotion company. The project presented the main idea behind that aimed on the strengthening the national capacity for iterative climate change adaptation planning. Number of recommendations were given to improve the quality of work performed. In addition, the project experts touched upon the issues related to the transferring of satellite images to the MAEP. During the meeting was agreed that with assistance of the project national experts of the project (M. Sadykov and N. Nikolaev), satellite images containing a common basic set of free data will be transferred to the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection. 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: 2021/12/05]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/12 Completed In order to further strengthen the capacities of national and regional stakeholders on AEZ modelling approaches, on 12 November 2021 the project organized the national workshop "The importance of modeling agroecological zones (AEZ) for the optimal placement of crops by regions of the country". The workshop was held in hybrid format, with key presentations provided by the international consultant engaged with the support of the “Knowledge Management and Capacity Building in Russia-UNDP Partnership” regional project, Professor Ivan Vasenev of the Timiryazev Russian State Agrarian University (Moscow). The International Expert introduced the participants to international experience in developing AEZ using digital technologies. The International Expert also supported the project in preparing a Roadmap for modeling AEZs in Turkmenistan, taking into account international experience and the existing institutional capacity in the country. As agreed with partners, the project was provided with standards to assess soil salinity and soil nutrient as well as with information on the agro-climatic requirements for the main strategic crops. Based on the Road Map and information received, the project will finalize the detailed Concept Note on AEZ modelling in Turkmenistan to be circulated among key stakeholders by project’s completion period. 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: 2021/11/17]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/11 Completed Updated 7 April 2020: Organization of the “Training of consultants on the dissemination of knowledge and skills” is tentatively planned for September-October period 2020. Project specialists in consultation with ICTA will facilitate this training. Updated on 23 October 2020: Due to the COVID-19 related restriction the planned training will be shifted either to the later period of 2020 or postponed for 2021. However, the project compiles the list of local experts to be trained, who could potentially become the consultants affiliated with the Agro-consultation centers piloted by the SCRL project. Updated on 02 April 2021: 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. Updated on 18 November 2021: The training was conducted on November 11 and 16 in both pilot regions with the physical presence of 42 participants (21 in the Dashaguz pilot region, 21 in the Lebap pilot region). The training module has been elaborated based on the experience of project specialists gained from work with the Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services on the topic of “Joint elaboration of technology”. The main goal of the training was to provide participants with practical knowledge and skills to disseminate knowledge among agricultural producers. An additional goal of the training was to inform local consultants about the work of independent suppliers of environmental services. The training also aimed to educate participants on the following issues: i) identification of problems and their ranking; ii) skills of effective communication; iii) teamwork skills and moderation techniques; and iv) technique of public speaking and technique of facilitation. Participants of the training were local experts on land and water resources, agro-chemistry and agriculture of the Ministry of agriculture and environment protection, local water management organizations, local administration (hyakimliks) of etraps and velayats, Turkmen State Agriculture Institute in Dashoguz, interested public organizations and the private sector. Participants are envisioned to engage as consultants who will provide agro-consultations at the Agro-information centers in the future, after project completion. The conducted training was useful for raising awareness on sustainable agriculture, capacity building at local level through engagement of the rural people in the process of integrating innovation into the agriculture sector. 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: 2021/08/12]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/07 Completed The Concept Paper on establishment of the AES in Turkmenistan was finalized based on the input materials provided by the international consultant. On April 27th, 2021 the project shared by e-mail the Concept Paper with competent departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental protection for obtaining their comments and proposals. The Concept paper was presented in detail at the meeting conducted on 18th June 2021 along with the concept for the Law on Agro-Consulting Services in Turkmenistan that will support the AES process in Turkmenistan. It was agreed that both documents are complementary and support the process for strengthening agro-consultation services in the country. The importance and relevance of the development of AES was outlined in the National Socio-Economic Development Plan of Turkmenistan until 2030 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
9.1. 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
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: 2022/03/03]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2022/03 Completed Updated on February 2022: The Terminal Evaluation (TE) conducted during December 2021-January 2022 provided the relevant recommendation that the GoT must pay particular attention to the sustainability of AICs. Specifically, after EOP the GoT should ensure the functional operation of AICs established by the project, the AICs being a key structure supporting the transfer of knowledge and skills on climate change adaptation to the local farmers and community at large. The TE report and mentioned recommendation have been circulated among UNDP CO and national partner/ MAEP for consideration and comments. In parallel, the NPD has visited the AICs to discuss with local partners (hyakimliks of pilot etraps, local communities, local project staff) the future operationality of the AICs and the best solution to handover. A preliminary decision was announced that the AICs will continue functioning within the newly initiated donor-financed projects on NAP and Aral Sea, under which it is envisioned to further strengthen the AICs’ human and technical capacities. This proposed decision will be discussed at the Final Project Management Board (PMB) meeting scheduled for March 18, 2022, during which the project anticipates the endorsement of this preliminary decision on who will take responsibility for the operation of AICs upon the project’s completion. As such, the continued functioning, and hence their sustainability, of the AICs after EOP is considered to be secured. 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: 2021/12/05]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/12 Completed The project continued the implementation of its planned activities in line with improved work planning and budgeting processes. As result, all activities envisioned under the AWP-2021 were successfully implemented within the approved budget allocation. The project also successfully established partnerships with different partners resulting in an additional resource mobilization in 2021of around 100,000 US dollars in support of the implementation of joint actions. With regards to the co-financing support provided by the Government, staff of the state-owned partner organizations continued to support the project by providing overall guidance and oversight of project management and implementation progress. In addition, staff of national state partner organizations provided support to the project’s engagement with national adaptation planning processes (revision of NDC, drafting of the concept paper on AEZ, strengthening of the national land and water legislation etc). The project duly took note of these contributions and quantified the support as the co-financing to the SCRL project by the Government of Turkmenistan. 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] [Last Updated: 2021/07/01]
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team 2021/06 Completed technical glitch, duplicated key action History
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
12.1. 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
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: 2021/12/05]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/12 Completed In preparation of the project’s Terminal Evaluation in December 2021, the project collected all available data that can be considered as co-financing by the Government to project activities both at the national, regional and local levels, including the scaling-up of the climate-smart adaptation practiced demonstrated by the project (e.g. laser levelling), as well as the project’s work on developing policies and strategies in the agriculture and water sectors (e.g. revision of the National Climate Change Strategy, the updated NDC, sectoral guidelines, draft revisions to national legal-regulatory document, etc.). Similarly, the project quantified the co-financing contribution received from relevant technical assistance projects in the field of climate change adaptation measures implemented in Turkmenistan and the wider Central Asian region by a variety of multi-lateral and bilateral donor organizations (e.g. UNEP, GIZ, FAO, EU, etc.). 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: 2021/07/01]
Environment Portfolio, SCRL Project team, MAEP 2021/06 Completed technical glitch, duplicated key action 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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