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Final Evaluation of UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme
Commissioning Unit: Bangladesh
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bangladesh
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: Request UNDP CO for technical assistance support to finalize the NRS.

It is recommended that an experienced consultant who has worked on at least one other NRS is contracted for about 40 days to finalise the NRS, and a two month NCE be granted to allow this to happen. Rationale: The NRS is a complex and difficult document, and the most important output of the NP. In most NPs the CTA has worked closely with the PMU and RTAs to develop the NRS, e.g., the Sri Lanka NRS was developed with the resident CTA and very frequent country visits (8-12 times per annum) by members of the RTA team.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed. UNDP agreed to hire an international consultant and provide technical support to the NRS.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire an international consultant
[Added: 2019/12/27]
PMU/ UNDP CO 2019/05 Completed A consultant was contracted and a final NRS was produced within the duration of the UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme. The NRS is currently at MOEFCC awaiting approval.
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: Operationalise the RSC and create a high-powered body for overseeing climate change related matters.

If there is a REDD+ implementation phase as originally conceived as a multi-sectoral process, the latter should be attached to the Prime Minister’s office. Rationale: The RSC is vital for both readiness and implementation since it would promote high level policy support and cross-sectoral/ministerial coordination. Operationalization of the RSC, including with appropriate multiple stakeholder membership, could be considered as condition for further international financial support to the REDD+ process. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed, but it is beyond jurisdiction of UNDP/UN agencies to operationalize a government entity. UNDP/UN agencies can provide technical assistance, if requested.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Raise the issue to the Project Board Meeting
[Added: 2019/12/27]
UNDP CO 2019/07 Completed This issue was raised in the final Project Board Meeting. The Government assured operationalization of the same. History
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Request UN Environment to help investigate funding sources for the safeguards process.

Rationale: The safeguards process, including development of a Safeguards Information System (SIS), is a mandatory requirement by the UNFCCC for a country to receive REDD+ payments. It would also contribute to the processes of stakeholder engagement and feasibility analysis of the PAMs. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed. UNDP and UNREDD would reach out to UN Environment to explore funding sources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Check back with UN Environment
[Added: 2019/12/27]
UNDP CO / UN-REDD Regional Office 2019/07 Completed UN-REDD Regional Office checked back with UN Environment. However, no fund is available now.
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: If it is decided to proceed with a REDD+ implementation phase, make funds available from its own resources for implementation of REDD+ related initiatives.

Financially, GoB is capable of supporting REDD+ related initiatives. BFD/MOEFCC is urged to explore the possibilities of a project, supported by funds from government sources, for addressing some of the key components of a national REDD+ implementation programme. Rationale: As donors for the implementation phase have not been identified yet, support from the government can ensure quick initiation of the implementation phase. In addition, there are some essential components of such a programme, which donors are reluctant to support, a GoB funding will ensure that such components are implemented without any hindrance. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed, but it depends on decision to be made by the government, which is not under control of UNDP and FAO. Nonetheless, UNDP and FAO would share this recommendation with the Project Board meeting to further facilitate the process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Raise the issue to the Project Board Meeting
[Added: 2019/12/27]
UNDP CO / FAO 2019/07 Completed This issue was raised in the final Project Board Meeting. The Government stressed that both own fund and external support are needed to implement the strategy.
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5: If there is a REDD+ implementation phase, request UN agencies and/or USAID for support to develop a Sub-National REDD+ Action Plan (SRAP) for the CHTs.

It is recommended that a 12 month multiple stakeholder consultation and planning process be undertaken with the objective of producing a validated and ratified (by regional stakeholders and GoB) ‘Sub-national REDD+ Action Plan’ (SRAP).1 Given the complex social, governance and tenure issues, low level of trust between EM groups and BFD, and unique governance structures in the CHTs, the proposed SRAP should be developed on the basis of (i) alternative institutional arrangements in which NGOs and EM/local stakeholder and government representatives take the lead; and (ii) a highly participatory planning process in which CHT stakeholders play a full role in analysis of the problems, including the drivers, and identifying responsive strategies or interventions. Rationale: There was widespread agreement among key informants that if there is a REDD+ implementation phase, it should have a priority focus on the CHTs, given (a) its importance for forestbased emissions, and (b) the SUFAL or any other major forestry project do not include the CHTs. The NP Director also noted that the NP budget was insufficient for a detailed planning process in the CHTs.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed. UNDP and FAO are willing to provide support to the government.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Raise the issue to the Project Board Meeting
[Added: 2019/12/27]
UNDP CO / FAO 2019/07 Completed This issue was raised in the final Project Board Meeting. The Government stressed sub-regional planning for all regions, not only for hill region once project concept note on Sub-National REDD+ action plan for CHT has been submitted to the Government.
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6: Assuming there is a REDD+ implementation phase, request UN agencies for financial support to raise stakeholder engagement and capacity building, including on gender equity and mainstreaming.

Key activities should include: revisiting and implementing the Stakeholder Consultation and Participation Plan; establishment of at least four stakeholder fora (EM/IP groups; civil society; academics and researchers; private sector); development of popular education materials and capacity building of more remote stakeholders; development of materials on gender sensitization and capacity building of stakeholders on gender equity and mainstreaming issues. Not raising, or dampening, expectations associated with REDD+ would also form a vital part of stakeholder engagement. Rationale: the very limited budget for stakeholder engagement compared to other NPs and the importance of stakeholder capacity building and gender equity objectives in participation, sustainability and equitable outcomes in REDD+ implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed. If UNDP is involved in the implementation phase, surely UNDP and FAO will ensure inclusiveness, stakeholder engagement and capacity building.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Raise the issue to the Project Board Meeting
[Added: 2019/12/27]
UNDP CO / FAO 2019/07 Completed This issue was raised in the final Project Board Meeting. The Government agrees that capacity building and gender equity are keys to development.
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7: UN agencies: Provide or facilitate funding for activities to meet outstanding readiness gaps, such as the safeguards component, stakeholder capacity building, conducting a comprehensive analysis of financing and incentive measures, cost-benefit analysis of PAMs, and other aspects of institutional and stakeholder readiness. Such funding could be conditional on at least an operational RSC and ratification of the proposed reorganization of the BFD.

Rationale: several readiness gaps are due at least partially to the budgetary shortfall for outcomes 1 and 2. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed. UNDP is ready to support the Government to identify potential funding sources, provided the Government requests UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Raise the issue to the Project Board Meeting
[Added: 2019/12/27]
UNDP CO / FAO 2019/07 Completed Two project concept notes have been submitted to government (1- on safeguard and 2 – sub-national REDD+ Plan).
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8: UNDP Country Office: In the REDD+ implementation phase (if there is one), facilitate coordination between the NP and other UNDP supported forest sector projects, and adopt a more pro-active approach to ensuring better collaboration between UNPD and FAO teams.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/09]

Agreed. If there is an implementation phase, UNDP and FAO will support coordination among forestry projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Draft a project concept note on REDD++ implementation jointly with FAO
[Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/12/30]
UNDP CO/ FAO 2021/06 Initiated History

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