Final Evaluation for Wetlands Portfolio - Daxing'anling

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, China
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2019
Completion Date:
01/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,500

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Title Final Evaluation for Wetlands Portfolio - Daxing'anling
Atlas Project Number: 70975
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, China
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2019
Planned End Date: 01/2019
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 $): 35,500
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 27,080
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Alan Ferguson Mr alan@regionalconsulting.ca
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: CBPF-MSL: Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network in the Daxing'anling Landscape
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4868
PIMS Number: 4824
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment
Countries: CHINA, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The PMO and service providers should consolidate, update and distribute the ‘PA institutional strengthening plan’ as a guide for ongoing capacity development.

2

The Daxing’anling Biodiversity Conservation Committee (DBCC) should prepare a multi-year implementation program for the DXAL Landscape Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan, and NFGA should support the relevant forestry management bureaus to continue actively participating in implementing the program.

3

NFGA should undertake further classification and mapping of the Daxing’anling taiga ecosystems and ensure that representative ecosystem types in the landscape are protected by the PA system in coordination with habitats for key species of concern.

4

The Daxing’anling Biodiversity Conservation Committee (DBCC) should develop a landscape biodiversity conservation strategy as input for land use and redline consultations with other sectors and regional sustainable development initiatives.

5

NFGA should develop a process for follow-up monitoring and reporting on ecosystem restoration project sites by the responsible authorities and formulate lessons learned and guidelines for future rehabilitation, restoration and enhancement projects.

6

DBCC should take steps to broaden the co-management relationships with local communities and Evenki tribes, for example by including representatives as designated members or observers in annual meetings and ongoing work of DBCC.

7

DBCC should develop a long-term reindeer management strategy for Daxing’anling landscape in consultation with the local people and technical experts facing similar issues in Russia and elsewhere.

8

DBCC should undertake a consultation program with the over 200 households living in Daxing’anling PAs with the aim of engaging local residents as partners in conservation of the biodiversity and proponents of alternative livelihoods, including modified, conservation-friendly agriculture where appropriate.

9

Chinese Academy of Sciences should be invited to assist in research on managing wildfire due to the build-up of fuel in the landscape and the changing climate, and the implications for fire and pest risk management as part of the biodiversity conservation action plan and national climate change adaptation plans.

1. Recommendation:

The PMO and service providers should consolidate, update and distribute the ‘PA institutional strengthening plan’ as a guide for ongoing capacity development.

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

The PMO and service providers should consolidate, update and distribute the ‘PA institutional strengthening plan’ as a guide for ongoing capacity development.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

The Daxing’anling Biodiversity Conservation Committee (DBCC) should prepare a multi-year implementation program for the DXAL Landscape Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan, and NFGA should support the relevant forestry management bureaus to continue actively participating in implementing the program.

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

Accepted. Part of the contents of the Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan for DXAL landscape are quite new and challenging for the local management agencies and PAs, especially the 29 items of priorities for Biodiversity Conservation in DXAL region are advanced for their management, is the direction that guides their work in short future, DBCC said that they will work out a plan and   combined with their actual work, and gradually implement the contents of the action plan.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

NFGA should undertake further classification and mapping of the Daxing’anling taiga ecosystems and ensure that representative ecosystem types in the landscape are protected by the PA system in coordination with habitats for key species of concern.

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

Accepted. DXAL region has an important significance of biodiversity of global significance and plays the crucial role of maintaining regional ecological security. The conservation and management of the ecosystems in DXAL   will be more refined, professional and scientific.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

The Daxing’anling Biodiversity Conservation Committee (DBCC) should develop a landscape biodiversity conservation strategy as input for land use and redline consultations with other sectors and regional sustainable development initiatives.

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

DBCC would like to have further consultation with other relevant sectors on the field in related with conservation, management and PA system improvement, including the land use and redline delimit.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

NFGA should develop a process for follow-up monitoring and reporting on ecosystem restoration project sites by the responsible authorities and formulate lessons learned and guidelines for future rehabilitation, restoration and enhancement projects.

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

Accepted. Monitoring and reporting on ecosystem restoration is one of the important work of the conservation and management agencies, DBCC would like to share the experiences and lessons learnt achieved in project sites to other PAs in DXAL region

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

DBCC should take steps to broaden the co-management relationships with local communities and Evenki tribes, for example by including representatives as designated members or observers in annual meetings and ongoing work of DBCC.

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

Accepted. Community co-management and alternative livelihoods have always been the important concerns for PAs and local management agencies. DBCC will take this as one of the priority mission in short future and also will urge relative PAs to merge local communities and Evenki tribes play more important roles for wetland conservation.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

DBCC should develop a long-term reindeer management strategy for Daxing’anling landscape in consultation with the local people and technical experts facing similar issues in Russia and elsewhere.

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

Accepted. DBCC expressed that they will organize all relevant PAs to discuss the issue of reindeer management, a strategy for the whole DXAL landscape also will be prepared in short future, and DBCC will provide support at both policy and technical level for relevant PAs to establish contact with other related organizations or countries.

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

DBCC should undertake a consultation program with the over 200 households living in Daxing’anling PAs with the aim of engaging local residents as partners in conservation of the biodiversity and proponents of alternative livelihoods, including modified, conservation-friendly agriculture where appropriate.

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

Accepted. Community co-management and alternative livelihoods have always been the important concerns for PAs and local management agencies, DBCC has expressed its willingness to take this as priority mission in the relevant PA for further piloting and improvement, and to gradually resolve the problem of over 200 households living in Duobukuer NNR.

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Chinese Academy of Sciences should be invited to assist in research on managing wildfire due to the build-up of fuel in the landscape and the changing climate, and the implications for fire and pest risk management as part of the biodiversity conservation action plan and national climate change adaptation plans.

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

Accepted. The Chinese Academy of Sciences is an important service provider with multiple tasks during the project implementation. The CAS are also one of the important technical support organization for NGFA in many subjects. FMAs in IM and HLJ and related PAs have established contact and cooperation with CAS through our project, and all parties concerned indicated that they are willing to continue to further cooperate after the project.

Key Actions:

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