Strenghtening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscape (SMSMCL) - TE

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Samoa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
08/2020
Completion Date:
09/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Strenghtening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscape (SMSMCL) - TE
Atlas Project Number: 73781
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Samoa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2020
Planned End Date: 08/2020
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
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
  • 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF Trust Fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 16,350
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Brent Tegler Evaluation consultant btegler@nsenvironmental.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Strenghtening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscape (SMSMCL)
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4550
PIMS Number: 4536
Key Stakeholders: Government of Samoa(GoS), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment (MNRE), NGOs, CSOs
Countries: SAMOA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Establish a formal SLM institutional coordination mechanism that includes relevant government ministries, NGOs and private sector working collaboratively to manage multiuse landscapes through combined efforts and shared technical resources.

2

MNRE Forestry Division provide support and monitor the SLM activities implemented by the project, particularly monitoring of project tree planting sites to ensure maintenance practices for tree establishment are followed and to ensure restoration areas are protected from other unsustainable land use practices

3

Some Exit Strategy activities have already been implemented, including the installation of the SOLA/OT Community Server on the MNRE network which will be continued by MNRE.

 Most of the activities by NGOs are ongoing, building on the seed funding provided by SMSMCL, including biodigesters installation by SFA, Saving the Manumea by SCS, Bees Conscious activities by SWAG, Pasifika Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for organic certification by METI, strengthening agroforestry by SFFI.

 The SMSMCL database in the Exit Strategy proposed next steps in continuing the activities at the village level, by village communities in partnership with Government agencies (MNRE, MWCSD and MAFF) (see Annex 2 of the project Final Report).

 

KBA management plans developed under the project will be used by the government and implemented through future programme

 

UNDP will work with the government of Samoa to ensure project outputs/outcomes and exit strategy activities are sustained through future programming

4

In Samoa many NGOs lack the experience necessary to effectively and efficiently address administrative, financial management and reporting requirements associated with their contractual agreements (MOU).  Given the global trend of NGOs becoming some of the most important facilitators (agents) of change at the community level, government should target capacity development to increase the ability of NGOs to participate in current and future project activities

1. Recommendation:

Establish a formal SLM institutional coordination mechanism that includes relevant government ministries, NGOs and private sector working collaboratively to manage multiuse landscapes through combined efforts and shared technical resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/07]

Noted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 MNRE to revise the ToR of the SMSMCL PB for consideration of the National Environment Sector Steering Committee (NESSC), proposing a continuation of the SMSMCL PB, as a coordination mechanism for SLM as formalized in the NESP 2017-2021.
[Added: 2020/10/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
Environment Sector Coordination Division (NESP 2017-2021) 2021/12 Completed This was proposed to the MNRE for incorporation into the NESSC History
2. Recommendation:

MNRE Forestry Division provide support and monitor the SLM activities implemented by the project, particularly monitoring of project tree planting sites to ensure maintenance practices for tree establishment are followed and to ensure restoration areas are protected from other unsustainable land use practices

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/07]

Noted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Install SOLA/OT and SMSMCL database on the MNRE network for use by Forestry Division as the mapping tool for monitoring purposes, building on the training they received during implementation.
[Added: 2020/10/07] [Last Updated: 2021/01/14]
Spatial Information Agency 2020/07 Completed Management would like to note that ‘SLM activities’ are broader than forestry-related activities and accordingly, interprets the recommendation as ‘forestry-related SLM activities. History
2.2 MNRE Forestry Division and other agencies and stakeholders to receive further training on SOLA/OT.
[Added: 2020/10/07] [Last Updated: 2021/10/27]
MNRE Forestry Division 2021/12 Completed The Forestry Divsion continues to work closely with the Water Resources Division. Further training will be dependent on government budget for continued training History
3. Recommendation:

Some Exit Strategy activities have already been implemented, including the installation of the SOLA/OT Community Server on the MNRE network which will be continued by MNRE.

 Most of the activities by NGOs are ongoing, building on the seed funding provided by SMSMCL, including biodigesters installation by SFA, Saving the Manumea by SCS, Bees Conscious activities by SWAG, Pasifika Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for organic certification by METI, strengthening agroforestry by SFFI.

 The SMSMCL database in the Exit Strategy proposed next steps in continuing the activities at the village level, by village communities in partnership with Government agencies (MNRE, MWCSD and MAFF) (see Annex 2 of the project Final Report).

 

KBA management plans developed under the project will be used by the government and implemented through future programme

 

UNDP will work with the government of Samoa to ensure project outputs/outcomes and exit strategy activities are sustained through future programming

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/07] [Last Updated: 2021/01/14]

Recommendation is noted for future programming 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For future programming
[Added: 2020/10/07] [Last Updated: 2021/10/27]
MNRE, MAFF, MWCSD and UNDP 2021/09 Completed taken into consideration in the GEF7 project development and also the work of GEF7 SGP and VCP History
4. Recommendation:

In Samoa many NGOs lack the experience necessary to effectively and efficiently address administrative, financial management and reporting requirements associated with their contractual agreements (MOU).  Given the global trend of NGOs becoming some of the most important facilitators (agents) of change at the community level, government should target capacity development to increase the ability of NGOs to participate in current and future project activities

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/07]

Noted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For future project programming UNDP will work with IP to ensure the inclusion of capacity development for NGOs to effectively and efficiently address administrative, financial management and reporting requirements
[Added: 2020/10/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
UNDP and MNRE 2021/12 Completed This is now taken into account in the future programming for UNDP History

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