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Transboundary Wastewater Pollution Control
Commissioning Unit: Palestine
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Palestine
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 1:

Continue working on the draft position paper, and utilize the trilateral meetings (Dutch, PWA, and Netherlands) to discuss and agree on a transparent, equitable, and relevant transboundary arrangement and financial structure

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06] [Last Updated: 2020/10/06]

Finalize and discuss the position paper with PWA and Netherlands

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Finalize the position paper based on PWA and Netherland comments
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed The position paper was finalized during the evaluation period
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 2:

Transboundary issues require better attention from both the technical and political levels of PA/PWA. Despite the documented dedication and engagement of relevant technical staff of the PWA in the development of the position paper, the involvement of the political/leadership level of PWA/PA in formulating a transboundary position is critical in ensuring a political cover and guidance to the technical outputs and discussions. The PA should consider formulating a ministerial committee (e.g.PWA, Ministry of Finance, MoLG, Ministry of Civil Affairs, and others) to guide and oversee the position of the PA in relation to transboundary matters.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

Share the recommendation with PWA and MoLG

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Present the recommendations of the evaluation in the last project steering committee meeting
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed Project Steering Committee took place in September 2020
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 3:

In future interventions/phases, the selection of communities and LGs to be targeted should be done in full coordination between MoLG and PWA, bearing in mind the stages of creating RWUs as stipulated in the RWUs Roadmap.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

The project beneficiaries/“the targeted communities” were identified by PWA in accordance to their wastewater master plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Targeted communities will continue to be identified by PWA in accordance to their wastewater master plan
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed The new project phase started in September 2020 and the targeted communities were identified by PWA.
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 4:

To improve the planning, design and delivery of wastewater services, it is recommended to work with PWA in devising a national master plan and strategy for wastewater in Palestine. In addition to providing institutional capacity building and technical assistance to the existing wastewater department of the PWA.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

The project focused on enhancing transboundary wastewater and included a capacity building component for PWA on measurement, monitoring and utilization of generated data

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 The project new phase will continue working closely with PWA and provide capacity building and technical assistance
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed The new project phase was initiated in September 2020 and recommendations were taken into consideration
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 5:

We recommend that PWA develop a policy regarding wastewater including the criteria of selection of beneficiary communities of wastewater services and the reuse of treated wastewater. The reuse schemes could be coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

Share the recommendation with PWA as project counterpart

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Present the recommendations of the evaluation in the last project steering committee meeting
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed The Project Steering Committee meeting took place in September 2020.
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 6:

To clarify the roles at the beginning of the project as integral part of the project’s document and project’s governance structure.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

A project steering committee comprised of PWA, MoLG, and the targeted LGUs was established at the beginning of the project. the committee met 5 times and the roles and responsibilities were clarified at the first meeting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 In the design of the new project phase, roles were further clarified in the project document
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed The new project phase was initiated in September 2020, roles were further clarified in the project document
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 7:

The installed flow meters are vital in providing the PWA with accurate, and timely data about wastewater flows to the Israeli side. we recommend expanding the installation of flow meters to other streams and locations, and supporting PWA in collecting, and analyzing the data generated by the flow meters.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06] [Last Updated: 2020/10/06]

Due to limited budget 5 flowmeters were installed through this project. UNDP will consider implmenating additional flowmeters in the new phase

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Include installation of 3 flowmeters in the new phase
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed The installation of 3 flometers was included in the project document of the new phase
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 8:

PWA and MoLG should follow up with the PMO regarding releasing the NIS 1.5 million (US$ 440,000) which was approved to subsidize house connections

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

Follow up with PWA on the commitment made to the beneficiaries

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Discuss and explore with PWA options for supporting implementation of households’ connection
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2021/01 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 9:

For future interventions, and like the German funded projects, a special bank account should be opened to secure the contribution of the community and government before the approval/start of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

Has been considered in the second phase of the project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Follow up with PWA and MoLG to ensure the contribution of the community is secured
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2021/02 Initiated
10. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 10:

PWA and MOLG should follow up with LGs to make sure that the needed O&M plan and budget are available to operate and sustain the wastewater facilities

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

Share the recommendation with PWA

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Present the recommendations of the evaluation in the last project steering committee meeting
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed Project Steering Committee meeting took place in September 2020
11. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 11:

A written SoPs/manual for monitoring and operating the flow meters should be developed to assist PWA in utilizing these measurement systems. Training on data measurement and analysis could help in providing accurate and timely reporting to decision makers about transboundary wastewater.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

UNDP in cooperation with PWA has agreed to establish a digital platform for monitoring, retrieving and generating reports from the installed flowmeters

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Finalize the development of digital platform
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2021/01 Initiated
12. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 12:

PWA should follow up with LGs to ensure that the LGs submit the proposed tariff structure to WSRC for official approval

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

Follow up with PWA and Water regulatory council

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1 Submit the proposed tariff to the Water Regulatory Council for review and approval
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed Was addressed at the project steering committee dated 22 September 2020
13. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 13:

PWA and MoLG should include refresh training and awareness activities to local communities and LGs in their capacity building plans. UNDP should consider providing refresh training to the targeted LGs as part of the next phase/intervention.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/06]

Awareness activities with local communities and LGs are already included in the next phase

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1 Awareness activities were included in the new phase
[Added: 2020/10/06]
Taghreed Najjar 2020/09 Completed Awareness activities were included in the project document of the new phase

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