Mid Term Review: Nauru Ridge to Reef (Nauru R2R)

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Fiji
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
01/2018
Completion Date:
10/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Mid Term Review: Nauru Ridge to Reef (Nauru R2R)
Atlas Project Number: 84678
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Fiji
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2018
Planned End Date: 01/2018
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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: GEF Trust Fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 21,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Cedric Schuster consultant cschuster@conservation.ws
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: R2R: Implementing a "Ridge to Reef" Approach to Protecting Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions in Nauru (R2R Nauru)
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5381
PIMS Number: 5218
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Environment
Countries: FIJI
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Strengthening project implementation - The Project Board, the Technical Work Group and Project Management Unit needs to be effective in their respective roles and provide the necessary governance and technical support required. Additionally, due to the limited technical capacity available to the project, the MTR recommends the recruitment of a PMU Advisor to assist with the implementations of various project components.

2

Improve coordination - A more effective coordination and more vigorous review of project plans and implementations of identified actions by the respective groups involved with the project organization structure such as the Project Board, the Technical Working Groups and the Project Management Unit.

3

Project Extension - A 12-18-month extension of the project to complete the remaining activities.

4

Improve community engagement – More activities to encourage more engagement of the communities as well as making the information available from the project to share to the communities. This can be done through monthly activities at each community and road show programs which can be taken to project sites and throughout the country.

5

Sustainability - The project partners (namely Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries) to mainstream the project activities as an extension of their respective Department activities rather treating it as a short term and stand-alone project

1. Recommendation:

Strengthening project implementation - The Project Board, the Technical Work Group and Project Management Unit needs to be effective in their respective roles and provide the necessary governance and technical support required. Additionally, due to the limited technical capacity available to the project, the MTR recommends the recruitment of a PMU Advisor to assist with the implementations of various project components.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/14]

The recommendation is acknowledged and has been encouraged by UNDP. Various discussions have happened at different levels between UNDP and DCIE in regard to recruiting a CTA which now has been agreed and the recruitment process is completed.        

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CTA to provide technical advise and monitor project progress
[Added: 2019/01/14]
PMU 2020/12 Initiated A progress report will be provided by the CTA for each quarter
2. Recommendation:

Improve coordination - A more effective coordination and more vigorous review of project plans and implementations of identified actions by the respective groups involved with the project organization structure such as the Project Board, the Technical Working Groups and the Project Management Unit.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/14]

The recommendation is acknowledged and has been highlighted in the board meeting – 13 Dec 2018. Since the project started, only one TWG meeting had happened while board meetings was only conducted once each year. It was identified that the reason why the Technical Working Group rarely met was due to unavailability of people attending the meetings. Once the CTA is on board, stakeholder meetings to encourage dialogue and coordination of activities will be expected to happen more frequently. At least two board meeting has happened in 2018.           

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct at least 1-2 technical working group meeting for each quarter
[Added: 2019/01/14]
PMU/CTA 2020/12 Initiated Dates for the TWG meeting will be identified by the CTA
Conduct at least 2 board meeting in a year
[Added: 2019/01/14]
PMU 2020/12 Initiated The first board meeting for 2019 will be conducted in June
3. Recommendation:

Project Extension - A 12-18-month extension of the project to complete the remaining activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/14]

The recommendation is acknowledged. Even though the project has started in April 2015, it took almost one year to fully recruit the project management unit staff which then caused further delays to the implementation of the project activities on the ground.    

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a workplan for the required extension period
[Added: 2019/01/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/09]
PMU/CTA 2019/03 Completed 2019 AWP however was presented and endorsed in the board. History
Submit request for a no-cost extension
[Added: 2019/01/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/29]
PMU/CTA 2019/03 Completed No cost extension approved as per attached documents History
4. Recommendation:

Improve community engagement – More activities to encourage more engagement of the communities as well as making the information available from the project to share to the communities. This can be done through monthly activities at each community and road show programs which can be taken to project sites and throughout the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/14]

The recommendation is acknowledged. It has been evident that the engagement/participation of communities since the project started was weak. The project has undertaken various activities to increase awareness on basic ridge to reef management etc. Since the MTR findings was shared with PMU, actions have been taken to address the issue. To date at least 6 ridge to reef roadshow activities have been conducted in 5 sites which has evidently provided positive feedbacks from communities.       

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue to organize road show activities (at least 1/month)
[Added: 2019/01/14]
PMU 2020/12 Initiated This will depend on budget availability under outcome 4
Facilitate school awareness raising activities to at least 5 schools
[Added: 2019/01/14]
PMU 2020/12 Initiated This will depend on budget availability under outcome 4
Conduct environmental panel sessions in community meetings or radio talk shows - engaging key stakeholders to talk about relevant topics linked to ridge to reef
[Added: 2019/01/14]
PMU 2020/12 Initiated This will depend on budget availability under outcome 4
Establish a community conservation center in the 4 project sites
[Added: 2019/01/14]
PMU 2020/12 Initiated This will depend on budget availability under outcome 4
5. Recommendation:

Sustainability - The project partners (namely Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries) to mainstream the project activities as an extension of their respective Department activities rather treating it as a short term and stand-alone project

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/14]

The recommendation is acknowledged. The support of the identified responsible partners is crucial to ensure the project sustainability.       

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a sustainability plan in consultation with project partners
[Added: 2019/01/14] [Last Updated: 2019/07/10]
PMU/CTA/RPs 2019/09 Not Initiated Awaiting response from Nauru Govt on the status of this particular action. Programme Analyst Loraini sivo is following up accordingly. History
Conduct discussion with the identified project partners on how to improve coordination and partnership and action them accordingly.
[Added: 2019/01/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/30]
PMU/RPs/CTA 2019/07 Overdue-Initiated Participation of partners and also progress report indicates some level project partners participation in meetings and consultation. The next technical working group meting will clearly document the project partners coordination and partnership. History

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