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Mid-term Evaluation: Collaborative Management for Watershed and Ecosystem Service Protection and Rehabilitation in the Cardamom Mountains, Upper Prek Thnot River Basin
Commissioning Unit: Cambodia
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Cambodia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

The CoWES project team should, as a matter of priority, review the scope of work and budget for the community water supply infrastructure being constructed by the project. The total project budget to effectively complete the three community water systems needs to be increased to a minimum of $50,000 USD.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MB will do cost’s estimation to expand community-water supplies,
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
MB and Project Team 2020/04 Completed An expansion of community-water supplies is under implementation by MB at Tang Bampong Commune. History
MAFF/CoWES project will revise AWBP and allocate with amount of USD 50,000.00 for the water supplies,
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
MB and Project Team 2020/04 Completed Budget with amount of USD 50,000.00 for the water supplies was approved by PB on March 1, 2019. History
Request for an endorsement from relevant parties including GEF-Regional Office in Bangkok
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/07/03]
MB and Project Team 2020/04 Completed The key action item was completed as an expansion of the community water supplies is currently under implementation. History
An expansion of community-water supplies.
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
MB and Project Team 2020/04 Completed An expansion of community-water supplies is under implementation by MB at Tang Bampong Commune History
2. Recommendation:

The CoWES project team should immediately identify a demonstration micro-watershed and initiate a set of soil and water conservation measures and related training aimed at stream rehabilitation and stabilization with the participation of ELCs and local authorities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
With an official coordination and support provided by MAFF, to identify the voluntary ELC or large landholder for demonstration
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
PDAFF and Kg. Speu Provincial Administration 2020/06 Initiated ELCs and large landholders were listed and ELC’s partnership was primarily identified by PDAFF. SLM and SWC concepts will be disseminated to both ELCs and large landholders through workshop in Q3 and execution/ implementation will start in Q4. History
Execute SWC demonstration with at least one selected ELC or large landholders
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
PDAFF and Kg. Speu Provincial Administration 2020/06 Initiated History
Use lessons learned and best practices from this demonstration for trainings
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
PDAFF and Kg. Speu Provincial Administration 2020/06 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

The CoWES project team should update the workplan, budget and implementation arrangements to accelerate progress on a clear set of field activities with a focus on (i) alternative livelihoods development, (ii) soil and water conservation demonstrations, and (iii) sustaining community forest and water supply management committees

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review and revise work and budget plan to accommodate with MTR recommendation (based on discussion with project partners)
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project team 2019/06 Completed 2019-2020 AWBP revised in February 2019 then got approval from PB on March 1, 2019. 2019-2020 AWBP signed by UNDP and MAFF in May 2019. History
Review and endorsement of Project Board (PB endorsed on March 1, 2019)
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project team 2019/06 Completed 2019-2020 AWBP revised in February 2019 then got approval from PB on March 1, 2019 History
Re-allocate more budget into key prioritized activities recommended by MTR (livelihood, SWC and CF)
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project team 2019/06 Completed 2019-2020 AWBP signed by UNDP and MAFF in May 2019. History
Request for GEF-Regional Office for an approval
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/07/08]
Project team 2019/06 Completed Updates approved by PB. History
Revise or re-focus the role and responsibility of project partners to accommodate with MTR recommendation
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project team 2019/06 Completed Memorandum of agreement between MAFF and partners (DARLM, PDAFF and MB) amended in May. History
4. Recommendation:

The Project Board should invite the Kampong Speu Department of Water Resources and Meteorology to join the project and to provide technical review and advice on the water storage structures being constructed by the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Partly Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To discuss and decide at up-coming 2nd PB meeting and take further actions based on PB’s decision
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project board and MAFF 2019/06 Completed The project board decided not to include Department of Water Resources and Meteorology as a PB member. History
The project will engage the MB and departments (under MAFF) for technical guidance on community water supplies and water-using group/ community water management committee
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project board and MAFF 2019/06 Completed Water supplies of CoWES project is a small-scale one, therefore MB, PDAFF, DARLM and other MAFF’s departments have capacity and experience to manage and support community and local authorities on this matter. History
5. Recommendation:

The Project Board should seek extension of the project period by at least three months to capture the 2020 planting season, and to plan for this extension in the updated workplan

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Bring this issue to discuss at 2nd PB
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
PB, UNDP, MAFF and GEF Regional Office 2020/09 Completed The project extension was approved by PB on March 1, 2019. History
Take further action with relevant parties, especially with UNDP CO & Regional Office.
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
PB, UNDP, MAFF and GEF Regional Office 2020/09 Completed The budget and activities for 6-month expansion was included in 2019-2020 AWBP. Based on RTA’s comment, the request for an extension will submit in January 2020. History
6. Recommendation:

The CoWES project team should organize monthly meetings with MAFF/DARLM and MB to review workplan implementation progress, to identify any issues that need the attention of UNDP or senior government officials, and to improve overall communications

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To activate and strengthen existing coordination role for DALRM (as technical focal point for component 1 and 2) and PDAFF (focal point for component 2) in organizing monthly or quarterly meeting with stakeholders.
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
MAFF, DALRM, and PDAFF 2020/09 Completed MAFF has conducted monthly field monitoring to meet and discuss with DARLM, PDAFF, MB and LA. History
The project team will meet and provide technical and operational supports, especially to PDAFF.
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
MAFF, DALRM and PDAFF 2020/09 Completed The MoA/ToR, DALM and PDAFF are focal points to coordinate and conduct regular technical meetings related to component or outcome. The communications with stakeholders were also promoted through mails, calls, telegram App. History
7. Recommendation:

The CoWES project team should distribute Information on the project, NAP status and the watershed management concept to senior officials at Provincial, District, commune offices and the major EC agri-business companies in the project areas in order to promote awareness of watershed management. A quarterly e-newsletter should be considered

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To organize a workshop for all ELCs located in project target areas (or Prek Thnot Watershed), this workshop will disseminate NAP and concept of SLM, WSC and watershed management
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
MAFF 2020/09 Initiated PDAFF is planning to conduct workshop to disseminate concepts on SLM and SWC to ELCs and other stakeholders in Q3. History
Will use the results of economic valuation study and other studies (by local consultants) as training materials.
[Added: 2019/03/29]
MAFF 2020/09 Initiated
Videoclip on project concept and watershed management is under producing by CoWES will post in MAFF website and disseminate to relevant stakeholders
[Added: 2019/03/29]
MAFF 2020/09 Initiated
Organize exposure visits for representatives of ELCs, local authorities and communities to learn watershed management at other provinces
[Added: 2019/03/29]
MAFF 2020/09 Initiated
8. Recommendation:

The DARLM should further elaborate the strategic ‘roadmap’ that has been prepared for Upper Prek Thnoal watershed management and facilitate its endorsement by MAFF in preparation for the program to be initiated by the NAP Sub-national Watershed Management Committee

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
DALRM will lead for development of thematic papers for watershed management
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
DARLM and MAFF 2019/12 Initiated MoA between MAFF and DARLM was amended. The development of technical paper or roadmap for watershed management was included in revised MoA. History
DALRM will closely work with MAFF to formalize this document to be used by sub-national committee for watershed management when it formally established or by Kg. Speu Provincial Administration.
[Added: 2019/03/29]
DARLM and MAFF 2019/12 Initiated
DALRM will develop a watershed management plan/program for province or at least for target communes.
[Added: 2019/03/29]
DARLM and MAFF 2019/12 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

The CoWES project team should refine the monitoring and reporting based on a core set of relevant Outcome indicators (see suggested indicators)

Management Response: [Added: 2019/03/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project team will monitor and track progresses in response to MTR proposed indicators (CF/CF and water-user group institutional capacity assessment).
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project team 2020/12 Completed MB has engaged consultant to develop the monitoring tools and trained districts, communes and communities to monitor project progresses in 2018. History
Facilitation and supports is provided by MB to districts, communes and communities for recording/tracking the MTR proposed indicators (institutions). (Note: the newly proposed indicators will add up to current result framework, this assessment will be supported by M&E Officer).
[Added: 2019/03/29] [Last Updated: 2019/06/17]
Project team 2020/12 Completed MB has engaged consultant to develop the monitoring tools and trained districts, communes and communities to monitor project progresses. The project team has developed a guidebook for M&E tool uses, it was included the monitoring of CF/CPA and water-user group. History

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