Supplemental Terminal Evaluation Report, 2018: Reducing Disaster Risks from Wildfire Hazards Associated with Climate Change

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2019, South Africa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
04/2018
Completion Date:
09/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
5,000

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Title Supplemental Terminal Evaluation Report, 2018: Reducing Disaster Risks from Wildfire Hazards Associated with Climate Change
Atlas Project Number: 00060783
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2019, South Africa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2018
Planned End Date: 04/2018
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 $): 5,000
Source of Funding: UNDP & GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 4,200
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Donors
  • Joint with Department of Environmental Affairs, UNDP, GEF
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
James Lenoci Dr James@lenociltd.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Reducing Disaster Risks from Wildfire Hazards Associated with Climate Change
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID: 00060783
PIMS Number: 3947
Key Stakeholders: GEF, Department of Environmental Affiars, UNDP
Countries: SOUTH AFRICA
Lessons
1.

Expanding the domains of the FPAs to more or less match district boundaries makes sense in terms of improving synergies with municipal level service providers and planners, but it also brings together members having vastly different risks with respect to wildfires.


2.

Management of the larger, more diverse FPAs requires an expanded skill set compared to the smaller, mostly voluntary associations earlier.

 


3.

Consolidation of FPAs, creation of new FPAs, and efforts to strengthen umbrella FPAs have also revealed certain governance issues that might have been taken for granted when there was a smaller group of participating stakeholders. Expanded stakeholder involvement has come with more demands on governance structures.


Findings
1.

The FPAs within the fynbos biome are also now more capacitated with early warning systems. Six (6) FPAs were provided with AFIS terminals, providing them with much more current and relevant fire danger early warnings and reporting services

 

 


2.

There have been substantive information technology developments over the course of the project. For example, reliability of internet is much higher now than when the project was designed back in 2010, and in most cases available throughout the Fynbos biome.

 


3.

The quality of the information provided on the AFIS has also been improved through the installation of 33 new automatic weather stations at strategic areas were selected where fire risks were high and automatic weather reporting was limited.

 


4.

The project also made a substantive contribution in improving incident reporting, by developing an online based reporting tool.


Recommendations
1

Assist in facilitation of the grant application(s) to the local municipality

2

Prepare and advocate the implementation of a sustainability action plan for the long-term operation and maintenance of the automatic weather stations

3

Follow up on the three insurance initiatives that have been promoted, including: (1) establishment a national resilience fund, (2) reducing community vulnerabilities through providing local early warning and insurance coverage and (3) reducing community vulnerabilities through providing group insurance coverage against risks associated with wildfires and other disasters.

1. Recommendation:

Assist in facilitation of the grant application(s) to the local municipality

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/19]

Fully agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will send a request to the PMU if assistance is required, and identify the facilitation role that UNDP could play.
[Added: 2018/09/20]
CO, PMU 2018/06 Completed Awaiting feedback from PMU
2. Recommendation:

Prepare and advocate the implementation of a sustainability action plan for the long-term operation and maintenance of the automatic weather stations

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/19]

Fully Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to engage on this via the UNDP-GEF wind energy project that also uses weather stations.
[Added: 2018/09/20]
UNDP CO 2018/08 Completed Awaiting feedback from SAWEP 2 Project Manager on the way broad way forward
3. Recommendation:

Follow up on the three insurance initiatives that have been promoted, including: (1) establishment a national resilience fund, (2) reducing community vulnerabilities through providing local early warning and insurance coverage and (3) reducing community vulnerabilities through providing group insurance coverage against risks associated with wildfires and other disasters.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/20]

Fully Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will engage with Project Responsible Party (Landworks) for feedback on insurance scheme development.
[Added: 2018/09/20]
UNDP and PMU 2019/03 Initiated

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