Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC)-TE

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Samoa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2018
Completion Date:
10/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC)-TE
Atlas Project Number: 00062173
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Samoa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2018
Planned End Date: 10/2018
Management Response: Yes
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
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: Adaptation Fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 27,412
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Arun Rijal Mr arunrijal@yahoo.com
Arun Rijal Mr arunrijal@yahoo.com
Arun Rijal Mr arunrijal@yahoo.com
Arun Rijal Mr arunrijal@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: SAMOA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Conduct a detail planning exercise before project initiation

2

The baseline studies should collect gender disaggregated data and also activities planning should do enough exercise with consideration to gender inclusion and benefit distribution. M&E plan should be gender sensitive.

3

Complete the installation of Automatic Weather Stations on remaining Islands and develop weather apps and training on app to inform the farmers, fishermen and policy makers. In addition, rain gauges need to be installed on elevated ground to avoid rubbish accumulation.

4

The project was not able to complete renovation of two community water tanks. Initiation should be taken to complete renovation of remaining water tanks.

5

Capacity of nurseries need to be increased to provide required saplings/seedlings to the farmers and also for the coastline plantation. Similarly, species diversification with priority for high value crops for agriculture and deep rooted native tree species for plantation. Similarly, rotational and inter cropping with leguminous species should be promoted to maintain soil fertility. Coastal protection plantation should consider design of plantation i.e. saplings on the two rows should be in zigzag fashion which will decrease gaps and will be effective in breaking the water current. As most of the lands along the coastline belongs to individual, it is important to convince and encourage them to plant trees along the coast to protect from cyclones.

6

It is important to analyse if farmers’ economy could bear management cost of maintaining project interventions like cost of fuel to run generators for pumping water for irrigation, maintenance of community water tanks, repairing equipment etc. Future project should consider using solar technology for pumping water for irrigation and also improve design of water harvest canals that stands at the end of the roof to collect water and drain to drum

1. Recommendation:

Conduct a detail planning exercise before project initiation

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/11]

The project team acknowledges the recommendation and agree that detailed work plans is necessary to making sure the project is implemented well, as well a consistent monitoring of work plans. The recognition that circumstances may change during the life of the project and requires a living plan approach. Therefore, agree to providing details and reviewing the plan more regularly

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
. Review the work plan template and link it to a procurement plan. a. Update the template used for work plans b. Recommend this template to the newly approved AF project- PEARL to assist with planning.
[Added: 2018/10/11] [Last Updated: 2019/01/28]
SRIC-CC/PMU/UNDP 2018/12 Completed Templates used by PEARL project History
2. Recommendation:

The baseline studies should collect gender disaggregated data and also activities planning should do enough exercise with consideration to gender inclusion and benefit distribution. M&E plan should be gender sensitive.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/11]

We acknowledge the recommendation and have included gender disaggregated data in SRIC-CC PPR reports, Quarterly reports, M&E and implemented/completed projects.  This is reflected in the recent strengthening of Cook Islands government approach to gender and development. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
SRIC-CC has followed Cook Islands Government Gender Policy, SRIC-CC Program Document requirements for Gender inclusion and the Adaptation Fund Gender Policies. Links are found below. Link to MFEM Gender Policy - http://www.mfem.gov.ck/images/Development/MFEM_Gender_Policy_and_tools.pdf Link to Adaptation Fund Gender Policy - https://www.adaptation-fund.org/document/opg-annex4-gender-policy/ Link to PPR reports - https://www.adaptation-fund.org/project/strengthening-the-resilience-of-our-islands-and-our-communities-to-climate-change/
[Added: 2018/10/11]
SRIC-CC/PMU/UNDP 2018/10 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Complete the installation of Automatic Weather Stations on remaining Islands and develop weather apps and training on app to inform the farmers, fishermen and policy makers. In addition, rain gauges need to be installed on elevated ground to avoid rubbish accumulation.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/11]

The recommendation is noted on the completion of the installation of the weather stations in the remaining Pa Enua. Under the partnership with the UNDP Disaster Resilience for Pacific SIDS (RESPAC), the remaining Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) will be installed in the Northern Pa Enua This is targeted to be completed by the end of 2018. The weather forecasting application for farmers, fishermen and other users is currently being rolled out. Currently the data for Rarotonga is live. Cook Islands Metrological Services, Cook Islands Bluesky and NIWA are currently working on linking data collected from the Pa Enua to the weather forecasting application. This will be continued through the follow-up to Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC) in Pa Enua Action for Resilient Livelihoods (PEARL). It is suggested that PEARL Program follow up on this activity.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Installation and upgrade of AWS in Northern Islands
[Added: 2018/10/11] [Last Updated: 2019/01/28]
Cook Islands Metrological Services 2018/12 Completed Activities now subsumed under PEARL. History
Weather Forecasting Application for Farmers, Fishermen and other users to be installed. Training is targeted to be conducted on how to use the application in 2019 through workshops with Cook Islands Metrological Services Outreach Programs
[Added: 2018/10/11] [Last Updated: 2019/01/28]
Cook Islands Metrological Services 2018/12 Completed Activities now subsumed under PEARL. History
Monitoring and cleaning of rain gauges has been implemented by the Island Government and BlueSky located on each island for installed equipment
[Added: 2018/10/11] [Last Updated: 2019/01/28]
Island Governments 2018/12 Completed Activities now subsumed under PEARL. History
4. Recommendation:

The project was not able to complete renovation of two community water tanks. Initiation should be taken to complete renovation of remaining water tanks.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/11]

We acknowledge the recommendation provided and agree to completion of these works. This will be continued through the follow-up to Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC) in Pa Enua Action for Resilient Livelihoods (PEARL). It is suggested that PEARL Program follow up on this activity

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project equipment has been delivered to the island and handed over to the Island Government for implementation
[Added: 2018/10/11]
SRIC-CC PMU/UNDP 2018/10 Completed
PEARL Program to follow up on this activity. Under Component 2 of the PEARL Program the expected outcomes is to strengthened drinking water security including increased institutional capacity and coordination for integrated water management.
[Added: 2018/10/11]
CCCI 2018/10 Completed This activity will be picked up by the PEARL project
5. Recommendation:

Capacity of nurseries need to be increased to provide required saplings/seedlings to the farmers and also for the coastline plantation. Similarly, species diversification with priority for high value crops for agriculture and deep rooted native tree species for plantation. Similarly, rotational and inter cropping with leguminous species should be promoted to maintain soil fertility. Coastal protection plantation should consider design of plantation i.e. saplings on the two rows should be in zigzag fashion which will decrease gaps and will be effective in breaking the water current. As most of the lands along the coastline belongs to individual, it is important to convince and encourage them to plant trees along the coast to protect from cyclones.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/11]

The recommendation is noted and the PMU agrees that the tree planting activities, nursery development and food security will continue through the PEARL Program and other programs that will implemented to build resilient to Climate Change

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PEARL Program to follow up on this activity. Under Component 3 of the PEARL Program the expected outcomes is to increased island food security resilience and preparedness for disasters. Agriculture and Coastal Protection have been identified as key problematic areas in the Cook Islands Country program
[Added: 2018/10/11]
CCCI 2018/10 Completed This activity will be picked up by the PEARL project
6. Recommendation:

It is important to analyse if farmers’ economy could bear management cost of maintaining project interventions like cost of fuel to run generators for pumping water for irrigation, maintenance of community water tanks, repairing equipment etc. Future project should consider using solar technology for pumping water for irrigation and also improve design of water harvest canals that stands at the end of the roof to collect water and drain to drum

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/11]

The recommendation is noted. Recommendation is capacity building and improvement of water harvesting designs be suggested and continued through the PEARL Program and other programs that will implemented to build resilient to Climate Change.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PEARL Program to follow up on this activity. Under Component 3 of the PEARL Program the expected outcomes is to increased island food security resilience and preparedness for disasters.
[Added: 2018/10/11] [Last Updated: 2019/01/28]
CCCI 2018/12 Completed Activities now subsumed under PEARL project History

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