Fiji Nagoya Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Fiji
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
02/2019
Completion Date:
01/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Fiji Nagoya Project
Atlas Project Number: 76545
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Fiji
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2019
Planned End Date: 02/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.3.1 Data and risk-informed development policies, plans, systems and financing incorporate integrated and gender-responsive solutions to reduce disaster risks, enable climate change adaptation and mitigation, and prevent risk of conflict
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF Trust Fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 18,600
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Veikila Curu Vuki Evaluator vuki61@yahoo.co.uk.
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Discovering Nature-Based Products and Build National Capacities for the Application of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 5170
PIMS Number: 5148
Key Stakeholders: Department of Environment, Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment in partnership with the Ministry of Iā€™ Taukei and the Centre for Drug Discovery and Conservation, University of South Pacific
Countries: FIJI
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Continue to Build National Collection for Extract Libraries & Microbial Strain Libraries

2

Continue building the National Database for Extracts & Microbial Strains

3

Continue building the National Database for Extracts & Microbial Strains Continue building the National Database for Tracking Samples & Historical Collections and Sites Specific Samples

4

Continue building the National Sample Collections Database e.g. Herbarium & Marine Invertebrate Collections

5

Continue national and international collaborations on Access Agreements to Database, Library of Extracts and Microbial Strain Library

6

A database is to be created on Natural Compound Extracts

7

The permitting process is to be streamlined and a clearing house created for different categories of permits

8

Further consultations on FPIC Process for legal drafting and for submission to Cabinet for approval

9

Legal Drafting of national ABS legislations and policies to be undertaken and submitted to Cabinet for approval

10

Further consultations on institutional stakeholder for ABS is to be undertaken

11

Further Analyses and Consultations and establishment of mechanisms for setting up the Trust Fund for ABS is to be undertaken

12

Further assessment and consultations on Fiji's National Competent Authority for National ABS is to be undertaken

13

Continue Commitment of Implementing Agency and Implementing Partners to ensure proactive responses to urgent interventions

1. Recommendation:

Continue to Build National Collection for Extract Libraries & Microbial Strain Libraries

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

Given the technical background and expertise required, it is suggested that this is activity continued beyond the ABS Project life through the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue to Build National Collection for Extract Libraries & Microbial Strain Libraries
[Added: 2019/01/17]
USP 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
2. Recommendation:

Continue building the National Database for Extracts & Microbial Strains

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

Given the technical background and expertise required, it is suggested that this is activity continued beyond the ABS Project life through the University of the South Pacific (USP). Additionally, the USP could also work in partnership with Government of Fiji, in particular, the Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Water Ways.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
USP to include this in Annual Work Plans for 2019 and future years
[Added: 2019/01/17]
USP 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
3. Recommendation:

Continue building the National Database for Extracts & Microbial Strains Continue building the National Database for Tracking Samples & Historical Collections and Sites Specific Samples

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

Given the technical background and expertise required, it is suggested that this is activity continued beyond the ABS Project life through the University of the South Pacific (USP). Additionally, the USP could also work in partnership with Government of Fiji, in particular, the Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Water Ways.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
USP to include this in Annual Work Plans for 2019 and future years and jointly plan with USP to explore possible agreements with Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Water Ways.
[Added: 2019/01/17]
USP and Ministry of I Taukei Affairs 2019/12 Not Initiated To be implemented following project closure
4. Recommendation:

Continue building the National Sample Collections Database e.g. Herbarium & Marine Invertebrate Collections

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

Given the technical background and expertise required, it is suggested that this is activity continued beyond the ABS Project life through the University of the South Pacific. Furthermore, opportunities for collaboration with other tertiary Institutes such as the Fiji National University and University of Fiji should be explored

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
USP to include this in Annual Work Plans for 2019 and future years and jointly plan with USP to explore possible agreements with Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Water Ways.
[Added: 2019/01/17]
USP and Ministry of I Taukei Affairs 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
5. Recommendation:

Continue national and international collaborations on Access Agreements to Database, Library of Extracts and Microbial Strain Library

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

Suggesting that this is executed jointly by Government (Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Waterways) and University of the South Pacific

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Government and USP to discuss and agree to way forward
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Waterways) 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
6. Recommendation:

A database is to be created on Natural Compound Extracts

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

In the establishment of this database, Government will need to decide on protocols such as ownership, access and which agency has ownership to the database. This will require further dialogue and consensus amongst key agencies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Government and USP to discuss and agree to way forward
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of Environment and Waterways and Ministry of I Taukei Affairs 2019/12 Not Initiated To be implemented following project closure
7. Recommendation:

The permitting process is to be streamlined and a clearing house created for different categories of permits

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

As key Government agencies concerned, both the Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Waterways will need to have deliberations prior to reaching consensus on a way forward i.e. respective role concerning this recommendation. This will require endorsement at the level of Permanent Secretary at the very least.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Government and USP to discuss and agree to way forward
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of Environment and Waterways and Ministry of I Taukei Affairs 2019/12 Not Initiated To be implemented following project closure
8. Recommendation:

Further consultations on FPIC Process for legal drafting and for submission to Cabinet for approval

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

The University of the South Pacific, Ministry of I Taukei Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Waterways have conducted at least 6 consultations with communities. In planning for further consultations, it is suggested that they incorporate FPIC discussions with other Projects/initiatives workshops to ensure a wider of coverage of communities (across the country) and to solicit stakeholders views from Government, Non-Government Organizations(NGOs), Private Sector, Tertiary Institutes and Statutory Organizations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review of status of FPIC and strategies a way forward to finalize FPIC
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of I Taukei Affairs 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
9. Recommendation:

Legal Drafting of national ABS legislations and policies to be undertaken and submitted to Cabinet for approval

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

During the ABS Policy workshop, stakeholder discussed the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a policy versus legalization. It was noted that legislation may take up to 10 years to fulfill. Therefore, consensus reached was for (a) the development of an overarching ABS Policy (b) individual Ministries aligning their annual workplans and polices to the overarching policy

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Government had identified an existing UNDP ā€“ GEF Project to include finalization of ABS Policy as an activity under its annual work plan for 2019
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of Environment and Waterways 2019/12 Not Initiated To be implemented following project closure
10. Recommendation:

Further consultations on institutional stakeholder for ABS is to be undertaken

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

During validation workshop for ABS Policy, it was noted that the Ministry of Environment and Waterways will take responsibility of facilitating stakeholder’s discussions and consultations. This could be supported through other GEF -UNDP supported projects such as the Fiji Ridge to Reef Project which has a biodiversity conservation focus

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ongoing project to include this in 2019 Annual Work Plan
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of Environment and Waterways 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
11. Recommendation:

Further Analyses and Consultations and establishment of mechanisms for setting up the Trust Fund for ABS is to be undertaken

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

There are at least two existing environment related Trust Funds in Fiji. In the process of   establishing a Trust Fund for ABS, Government could reflect on these as case studies. The lessons learnt could applied and contextualized to ABS

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project focal with Ministry of Environment to be identified and a plan for consultations to be drawn up
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of Environment and Waterways 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
12. Recommendation:

Further assessment and consultations on Fiji's National Competent Authority for National ABS is to be undertaken

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

There are at least two existing environment related Trust Funds in Fiji. In the process of   establishing a Trust Fund for ABS, Government could reflect on these as case studies. The lessons learnt could applied and contextualized to ABS

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project focal with Ministry of Environment to be identified and a plan for consultations to be drawn up
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of Environment and Waterways 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure
13. Recommendation:

Continue Commitment of Implementing Agency and Implementing Partners to ensure proactive responses to urgent interventions

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

To ensure that this is actioned, a focal point within the Ministry of Environment and Waterways and Ministry of I Taukei Affairs will need to be identified and delegated this responsibility.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project focal with Ministry of Environment to be identified and a plan for consultations to be drawn up
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Ministry of Environment and Waterways 2019/12 Initiated To be implemented following project closure

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