Biodiversity Conservation Mainstreaming

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Moldova
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2018
Completion Date:
11/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
23,000

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Title Biodiversity Conservation Mainstreaming
Atlas Project Number: 81126
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Moldova
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2018
Planned End Date: 11/2018
Management Response: Yes
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
  • 2. Output 1.5.1 Solutions adopted to achieve universal access to clean, affordable and sustainable energy
Evaluation Budget(US $): 23,000
Source of Funding: Project (donor) funds / GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 11,870
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Silvija Nora Kalninš
Andrei Isac
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into Moldova's territorial planning policies and land use practices
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5355
PIMS Number: 5259
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Strategic stakeholder involvement

In a changing situation of governance and project oversight, review of stakeholders must take into account the role that each stakeholder was to fulfil during project design. By analysing the roles, it is crucial for effective project implementation to substitute as many players in order to fit the roles based upon which the project was designed

2

Monitoring of site visits

The monitoring and evaluation practises of UNDP-GEF projects would benefit from introducing a system for reporting on site visits. This would promote information exchange among the team members and project stakeholders and provide an effective way to track progress, underline obstacles and mobilize intervention, if required from UNDP and/or other stakeholders

3

Communication

Communication strategies can be more effective if they encompass not only public awareness raising in a general sense, but provide a clear analysis and strategy (set of actions) for communicating project developments to key partners, stakeholders and interest groups

4

GIS-based planning

With further dissemination of the development of land management plans, the technical issues related to their elaboration are important. The issue of open data, which would allow municipalities access to data important for their planning is a significant one. Open data could make the process less costly and more general expertise. It would also be favourable to continue the current discussions around the technical aspect of the territorial and urbanization plans -- combined with open data, the introduction of GIS approach for planning could, in the long run, lower the costs of development and maintenance of management plans. This, however, would probably require change in legislation as well as initial support to increase the capacities of planners in GIS-based planning.

5

Replication of activities

Another result which was highly appreciated by interested parties and which should be further introduced in other territories, especially nature sites (Ramsar sites currently being formed and those protected areas planned in the future) is the development of passports, more detailed information and respective monitoring of species

6

Final event

The project is planning a final seminar which is to include government officials, land planners. The seminar should be expanded, or the project should consider conducting a series of seminars to use the opportunity to strengthen the sustainability of the project and further disseminate the best practises. The evaluators suggest this may be especially useful in terms of involving people directly involved in enforcement, perhaps even developing a separate training event.

1. Recommendation:

Strategic stakeholder involvement

In a changing situation of governance and project oversight, review of stakeholders must take into account the role that each stakeholder was to fulfil during project design. By analysing the roles, it is crucial for effective project implementation to substitute as many players in order to fit the roles based upon which the project was designed

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

By practice and rule, UNDP undertakes a solid stakeholders’ analysis during project design and building on the identified roles and functions, clarifies their contribution towards successful implementation of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 During preparation of future projects, the E&E Cluster will consider the risk of changes in the governance structure and plan appropriate mitigation measures.
[Added: 2018/12/27]
Energy and Environment Cluster Lead and Analyst 2019/12 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Monitoring of site visits

The monitoring and evaluation practises of UNDP-GEF projects would benefit from introducing a system for reporting on site visits. This would promote information exchange among the team members and project stakeholders and provide an effective way to track progress, underline obstacles and mobilize intervention, if required from UNDP and/or other stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

By practice and rules, UNDP staff member are required to prepare site-visits reports and widely share the acquired information with relevant colleagues in the CO and projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 The E&E Cluster will follow closely compliance with the UNDP rule regarding preparation of the site-visits reports.
[Added: 2018/12/27]
Energy and Environment Cluster Lead and Analyst 2019/12 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Communication

Communication strategies can be more effective if they encompass not only public awareness raising in a general sense, but provide a clear analysis and strategy (set of actions) for communicating project developments to key partners, stakeholders and interest groups

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

The recommendation will be broadly shared with the communication specialist for effective follow-up. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. The E&E Cluster will follow closely the preparation of solid analysis justifying the selected communication approaches with a special focus on communicating project highlights to key partners
[Added: 2018/12/27]
Energy and Environment Cluster Lead and Analyst 2019/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

GIS-based planning

With further dissemination of the development of land management plans, the technical issues related to their elaboration are important. The issue of open data, which would allow municipalities access to data important for their planning is a significant one. Open data could make the process less costly and more general expertise. It would also be favourable to continue the current discussions around the technical aspect of the territorial and urbanization plans -- combined with open data, the introduction of GIS approach for planning could, in the long run, lower the costs of development and maintenance of management plans. This, however, would probably require change in legislation as well as initial support to increase the capacities of planners in GIS-based planning.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

As this process is beyond UNDP’s control,  UNDP will try to advocate for combining territorial planning with open data and GIS approach for planning

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 E&E Cluster will advocate for introduction of the GIS approach in urban and districts’ spatial development during future collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment.
[Added: 2018/12/27]
Energy and Environment Cluster Lead and Analyst 2020/12 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Replication of activities

Another result which was highly appreciated by interested parties and which should be further introduced in other territories, especially nature sites (Ramsar sites currently being formed and those protected areas planned in the future) is the development of passports, more detailed information and respective monitoring of species

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

Well noted. UNDP CO will advocate for replication of this approach on various occasions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 E&E Cluster will advocate for the use of passport species approach during future collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment and during design of the next biodiversity-relevant projects.
[Added: 2018/12/27]
Energy and Environment Cluster Lead and Analyst; Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development; 2020/12 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Final event

The project is planning a final seminar which is to include government officials, land planners. The seminar should be expanded, or the project should consider conducting a series of seminars to use the opportunity to strengthen the sustainability of the project and further disseminate the best practises. The evaluators suggest this may be especially useful in terms of involving people directly involved in enforcement, perhaps even developing a separate training event.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

The project team organized several such events in November – December 2018, and during the future events will consider expansion of stakeholder’s profiles.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 The project’s final event to be organized in January - February 2019 upon availability of resources.
[Added: 2018/12/27]
Project team UNDP CO, E&E Cluster 2019/06 Initiated

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