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Project mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into tourism
Commissioning Unit: Cape Verde
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Cape Verde
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:
  1. Recruit externalised PMU and UGAP staff through a fast-track modality (not under the regular civil servant recruitment system)

It is necessary to revert to more mainstream approaches with an externalised PMU team fully dedicated to the project and avoid a mix of civil servants and external staff working alongside with similar responsibilities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Recruit externalised PMU and UGAP staff through a fast-track modality immediately
[Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]
National Directorate of Environment, whit UNDP support 2020/06 Completed - Recruited by the Gov: - new national coordinator, biodiversity specialist and Administrative technician to support procurement - New CTA project contracted History
2. Recommendation:

Redefine the chain of command for UGAP

It is recommended to review the chain of command at UGAP level and clarify the roles of PMU Coordinator and Island Delegates (or Coordinator): the PMU Coordinator is the technical supervisor feeding in tasks and activities to UGAP staff while the MAA Delegate and UGAP Coordinator (for Sal) are administrative supervisors, facilitating UGAP’s staff work through required official authorisations, supply of vehicles… in short, assisting logistics and official formalities

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Clarify the Project implementations structure and roles (UGAP and PMU´s coordinators and Island Delegates (or Coordinator)
[Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]
National Directorate of Environment, whit UNDP support 2020/06 Completed In Boavista a new MAA delegate was appointed who coordinates UGAP In Sal island the former coordinator left and a new Delegate entered since February 2020- More dynamism and more committed The field visit carried out at the end of September and the beginning of October made it possible to identify the gaps at the UGAP level and to recommend new intervention strategies to reinforce the local teams. A field visit to the new CTA is scheduled for November 2020 History
3. Recommendation:

Redefine/reconfirm the roles of UGAP staff and other direct stakeholders for NIM modality

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Evaluate the performance of the staff - Review and adapt the ToR according the needs of and specificity of the project - Review and re-assess administrative and financial processes of the project / Simplify and decrease the levels of administrative and financial authorization and verification processes, while maintaining and safeguarding transparency
[Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]
National Directorate of Environment, whit UNDP support 2020/06 Completed The same for #2 History
4. Recommendation:

Balance better the PMU staff expertise between tourism and biodiversity

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Evaluate the performance of the staff - Review and adapt the ToR according the needs of and specificity of the project to assure this balance between biodiversity and tourism
[Added: 2020/10/13]
National Directorate of Environment 2020/07 Completed - a specialist for Biodiversity was recruited. - A focal point of DG Turismo e Transports has been appointed to reinforce the tourism sector. - The new CTA, ToR translated the need to have a balanced profile: durable tourism and conservation
5. Recommendation:

Increase subcontracting and avoid PMU stand-alone implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Review the ToR and responsibilities of the project Staff - Promote protocols and subcontracting for the implementation of specific duties
[Added: 2020/10/13]
NDE with UNDP Support 2020/07 Overdue-Initiated - For AWP 2020 several protocols and service contracts have been prepared and are being implemented
6. Recommendation:

Improve project implementation through committees streamlining

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Review the composition of the committees so as to integrate institutions that can directly contribute to the project’s objective through constructive dialogue, potentially coordinating activities or bringing key expertise; - This would require amending the TC ToRs - Enlarge the Technical Committee’s role in project implementation such as problem-solving and coordination with TC members that requires senior staff with decision making power
[Added: 2020/10/13]
NDE with UNDP Support 2020/07 Overdue-Initiated - There is no change in the constitution of technical or steering committees. Local Advisory Committees for the management of Protected Areas are being promoted to reinforce the involvement of the various actors and stakeholders on the ground
7. Recommendation:

Improve communication between stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Strengthen communication and exchange activities among stakeholders, institutions directly involved and internally within the project team
[Added: 2020/10/13]
NDE with UNDP support 2020/07 Overdue-Initiated The same as #6
8. Recommendation:

Institutional lobbying to raise awareness on the added value of mainstreaming biodiversity into the tourism sector

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Promote greater dynamism and strengthen communication and exchange activities among stakeholders with a special focus to the decision-makers that have to approve new legal instruments and institutional beneficiaries that have to collaborate on the project Promote a program of international conferences bringing international NGOs and institutions specialised in biodiversity and sustainable tourism as well as a selection of Government institutions from other countries that already have functional PA finance mechanism and other mechanisms
[Added: 2020/10/13]
NDE with UNDP support 2020/07 Overdue-Initiated The new environmental impact legislation has been approved and the proposed Strategic Environmental Assessment has already been submitted for approval. Proposition of regulation of nature tourism and rural tourism activities (ongoing); certification for tour operators and quality seal for sustainable tourism and marketing strategy for tourism are being prepared for implementation; Management models of protected areas are also being revised.
9. Recommendation:

Lack of horizontal articulation between MAA and MTT

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Splitting the project outputs and corresponding budgets as per main responsible parties (MAA and MTT) Increase participation of MTT through co-chairing PSC and raising the profile of tourism expertise into PMU
[Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]
National Directorate of Environment, whit UNDP support 2020/06 Completed An additional focal point (technical specialist) of General Directorate of Tourism and Transports has been appointed to reinforce the tourism sector. History
10. Recommendation:

Institutional lobbying to alter the focus of the SDTIBM and take into account sustainable tourism principles

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/09] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]

Fully Accept. Examine opportunities for integrating biodiversity conservation principles into the tourism sector, for example through the SDTIBM or the newly established tourism institute, to promote sustainable tourism as an essential tool for tourism development

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Examine opportunities for integrating biodiversity conservation principles into the tourism sector, for example through the SDTIBM or the newly established tourism institute, to promote sustainable tourism as an essential tool for tourism development
[Added: 2020/10/13]
NDE with UNDP support 2020/07 Completed The new tourism institute recently created is participating actively in the activities of the project - reinforcement of contacts and coordination with STIBM in the islands of Maio and Boavista

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