Terminal Evaluation Report of the UNDP GEF Niue R2R Project PIM#5258

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Samoa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2022
Completion Date:
07/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation Report of the UNDP GEF Niue R2R Project PIM#5258
Atlas Project Number: 00078842
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Samoa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2022
Planned End Date: 06/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment
  • 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 Target
  • 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
  • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF Trust Fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 12,740
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Adrian Stokes TE Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Ridge to Reef Concept for Biodiversity Conservation and for the Enhancement of Ecosystem Services and Cultural Heritage in Niue Project
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5552
PIMS Number: 5258
Key Stakeholders: Government of Niue - Ministry of Natural Resources, Department of Education, Taoga Niue, Department of Public Works (Water), Office of the Premier, Treasury Department
Countries: SAMOA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
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Evaluation recommendation 1. Finalise the community conservation area management plans for each village, ensuring that they include village-specific information on habitats, species, natural resources and priority activities and that they are clear about their relationship with the coastal and marine resources plan and Resource Management Advisory Committee for each village 

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Evaluation recommendation 2. Provide ongoing support to villages to implement their conservation area management plans and coastal and marine plans and to update them when circumstances change (such as new information, new village priorities, or new governance arrangements) 

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Evaluation recommendation 3. Ensure that all project products (including management plans, Environment Information Management System (EIMS) and Sustainability Strategy meet the expectations of relevant stakeholders, include all key information and are endorsed by appropriate parties 

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Evaluation recommendation 5. Work with Taoga Niue to agree on the best way to codify the cultural knowledge and make it available to the community and decision-makers in a culturally sensitive way. this work is also linked to the collation of information in the EIMS.

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Evaluation recommendation 6. A Repeat the awareness questionnaire from 2018 and analyse to provide some insight into the results of the awareness raising

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Evaluation recommendation 7. At the commencement of a project, clearly identify how achievement of each indicator and target will be measured, including agreeing on repeatable quantitative measurement techniques if required, and identify indicators and/or targets that are ambiguous and/or difficult to measure and that should be changed 

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Evaluation recommendation 8. Ensure that changes to indicators and/or targets are adopted (if required and appropriate) when project deliverables are changed and that these revised indicators and/or targets are clear in subsequent PIR reporting 

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Evaluation recommendation 9. Provide enhanced project oversight to countries with less experience in delivering GEF projects to ensure that project progress is being appropriately measured and reported 

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Evaluation recommendation 10. Finalise public project reports and other outputs and make them available on an easily accessible public knowledge products portal 

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Evaluation recommendation 11. Prepare in advance for independent evaluations to ensure that all reporting and deliverables are available and to ensure that all stakeholders have equal opportunity to contribute 

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Evaluation recommendation 12. Include consideration of climate change impacts in future updates of land use planning, species management planning, and conservation area planning 

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Evaluation recommendation 13. Maintain the momentum of the R2R project by developing a follow-up project that builds other vital issues into the village planning and financing mechanism: sustainable utilisation of food species, sustainable alternative livelihoods, other species and ecosystem management approaches, and climate change 

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Evaluation recommendation 4. Continue to work with the NOW project to strengthen delivery of management plans by embedding the sustainable financing mechanism 

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