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Mid Term Evaluations of the GEF CIAP child projects: GGP Adaptative Management & Learning, and Reducing Deforestation from Commodity Production
Commissioning Unit: RBLAC
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: RBLAC
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

To start supporting the original vision of leveraging at systems level and hence achieve systemic change, capacity building of the CoP with training in the application of systems thinking and prototyping is recommended. Such capacity building will support practitioners to be capacitated with a better understanding of what systemic change might look like in the context of GGP. It will also help them identify policies and activities that need to better prototyped (a prototype is a practical and tested mini version of what later could become a pilot policy/activity that can be shared and eventually scaled. The feedback received from testing the prototype policy/activity with stakeholders is then the basis for refining the concept and its underlying assumptions of systemic change before it is scaled).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Management response: Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a thematic stream on Systemic Change and Systems Approach under the new cycle of the Green Commodity Community.
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
 GGP A&L PMU – Pascal Fabié, Lead Knowledge & Impact 2020/02 Completed - History
Organise virtual workshops to implement the stream.
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
GGP A&L PMU – Pascal Fabié, Lead Knowledge & Impact 2021/03 Completed 3 workshops organized History
 Include a face to face workshop at the second good growth conference on discussing the practicalities of systemic change and systems approach for multi-stakeholder collaboration.
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
GGP A&L PMU –Lise Melvin, Senior Platform Advisor 2021/04 Completed The Good Growth Conference did not take place in-person due to COVID-19 but was adapted to a virtual format. Three first days of the Conference focused on trainings related to systems change and practice and multi-stakeholder collaboration including - Systems Practice - Collaborative Partnerships / Facilitating Collaborative Innovation / Working with Power and Conflict - Systems Leadership for Change Makers History
2. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

Capacity building of the platform teams through the Community of Practice, to facilitate systems approaches and to measure the effectiveness of approaches used in GGP through the ladder of change

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Management response: Agree with the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Build the capacity of platform teams to facilitate systems approach and measure their effectiveness through the ladder of change
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/02/22]
GGP A&L PMU –Lise Melvin, Senior Platform Advisor; Nicolas Petit, Senior Commodities Advisor; Andrea Bina, M&E Specialist 2022/03 Completed Capacity building sessions on the Ladder of Change tool delivered to platform referents in country teams in Indonesia, Liberia and Paraguay. A guidance document was also developed and made available to support adequate planning, application, and interpretation of the results generated through the tool. The ladder of change was duly applied in support of the National Oil Palm Platform of Liberia (NOPPOL), and national and subnational dialogues in Indonesia. In Paraguay, a decision was taken to pilot instead the Early Signals of Change Self-Assessment tool – an upgraded version of the ladder of change, which integrates a stronger systems lens. The tool will be piloted as soon as possible, as part of the roll-out of the Green Commodities Programme’s new methodology on Effective Collaborative Action. History
3. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

Given the delay, it is strongly encouraged for the A&L to have an extra 10 months of no cost extension until the end of Dec 2021 in order to ensure A&L is synchronised with the end of all other child projects. This is in order to continue the critical role of coordination, learning, and acting as an umbrella for all the child projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Get approval from Project Board
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/06 Completed Project Board agreed in June 2019. Request of a 12-month extension due to COVID-19. History
Get approval from UNDP GEF
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/05]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/08 Completed Request sent and approved in September 2020 History
4. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

A Theory of Change process is recommended as a lesson learning exercise. This could be achieved with an outcome mapping exercise to collect some key outcomes of GGP that was not anticipated from the project but is significant to be highlighted. Budget Allocation would be needed for this process. In addition. given that all GEF IAP appears to suffer from same design issues, with lack of more robust systems approach linking design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to move towards systemic change this process could also be led and funded by GEF as a collective IAP process.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

The GGP Steering Committee reviewed this recommendation and decided to not invest in a Theory of Change process for lesson learning at global level at this stage. Indeed, the GEF is already planning a Lessons Learning workshop for all the GEF IAP in 2020 which should be achieving key learnings on the Integrated Approaches, including revisiting assumptions that were made initially. Hence no key actions are deemed necessary here.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

We recommend developing a robust systems approach for integration or buy-in for integration (the same as GCP did for multi-stakeholder platform) for at least one country, ideally Paraguay

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation. The GGP Steering Committee agreed to use system thinking and a system approach as part of the two workshops it is planning to hold in Brazil and Paraguay in Q1 2020.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Agree on date for the workshops with GGP partners
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU 2019/12 Completed
Agree on agenda and resources for the workshops with GGP partners
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/01 Completed
Ensure workshops are held with high quality sessions on systems approaches to an integrated way of working
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/03 Completed Brazil was completed in March 2020 but Paraguay postponed to October 2020 and took place virtually due to COVID-19. Four sessions were organized in October and a fifth session to close the workshop took place in Q1 2021. Insights from this exercise fed into the GGP Paraguay integrated planning workshop. History
6. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

ISEAL Alliance and GGP could re-assess some better areas for collaboration to build the vision for integration.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Enable the wider GGP and Green Commodities Programme to work with Evidensia through: 1 Video instructions 2 Dedicated webinar and walk-through for the GGP partners 3 Make better use of the monthly updates by giving partners key insights 4 Include link to Evidensia directly from GGP website home page 5 Position Evidensia as one of the key components in the knowledge hub offering of the GGP, tightly interlinked with the COP
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
GGP Steering Committee & ISEAL 2020/06 Completed - History
ISEAL will bring expertise from non-GGP activities into the Green Commodities Community via specific webinars already agreed with UNDP on topics such as jurisdictional assurance claims guidance (note: no funding for this ISEAL role available via GEF grant)
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
UNDP & ISEAL 2020/06 Completed ISEAL colleagues not involved in GGP engaged in GCC virtual workshop on jurisdictional assurance claims guidance History
GGP Steering Committee and ISEAL will explore how to maximize the value of ISEAL’s contribution to any future GGP projects and activities both via Evidensia and more widely
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
GGP Steering Committee & ISEAL 2020/02 Completed ISEAL part of FOLUR Global Platform and will be engaged in further development of GGP Phase 2 History
7. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

High level meetings at Minister level in Indonesia and Paraguay to demonstrate the benefits of the project. Project progress and benefits for the country of the potential transformational change linked to the project should be presented at the highest possible level in all the key Ministries involved in the project.

• A specific strategy on key messages has to be prepared for each country to ensure the efficiency of the meeting

• In Indonesia, meeting is a priority given the current slow process and the final step needed for legalization

• In Paraguay, meetings should highlight the dual benefit for Paraguay to have a sustainable beef sector as well as to preserve its current forest. Promote the Value added of including the Ministry of Finance as part of the National Platform, and of the space of dialogue provided by the Platform

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project progress and benefits for the country of the potential transformational change linked to the project should be presented at the highest possible level in all the key Ministries involved in the project. A specific strategy on key messages has to be prepared to ensure the efficiency of the meeting
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
Indonesia Production Project Team 2020/03 Completed Done through SPOI Project Board meeting in Q1 2020, with the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning (BAPPENAS) and the National Land Agency. In addition to that, two FOKSBI Steering Committee meetings took place in 2020 (February and June), attended by representatives from all ministries listed in the Presidential Instruction legalizing the NAP. Meetings were carefully prepared with key messages to be convened. History
Project progress and benefits for the country of the potential transformational change linked to the project should be presented at the highest possible level in all the key Ministries involved in the project. A specific strategy on key messages has to be prepared to ensure the efficiency of the meeting
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
Paraguay Production Project Team 2021/12 Completed Done through the Project Board meetings in June 2020, December 2020, March 2021 and December 2021 (Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development – MADES; Ministry of Industry and Trade – MIC; Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock - MAG), during which key milestones of the project were presented. The National Beef Platform was launched at the end of 2020 with MADES (Ministry), MAG (Vice-Ministry), MIC (Vice-Ministry). In Q3 2021, it was decided with Platform memberDone through the Project Board meetings in June 2020, December 2020, March 2021 and December 2021 (Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development – MADES; Ministry of Industry and Trade – MIC; Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock - MAG), during which key milestones of the project were presented. The National Beef Platform was launched at the end of 2020 with MADES (Ministry), MAG (Vice-Ministry), MIC (Vice-Ministry). In Q3 2021, it was decided with Platform members including MADES and MAG that the MADES should lead the Chaco Platform. The strategy adopted by the team has been to empower MADES to lead the Platform, to then approach Ministry of Finance through MADES at a later stage. In November 2021 a learning/project closure workshop was organized in the Chaco. Participation from MADES, INFONA, MAG and local authorities confirmed their commitment for the objective of the project and the efficiency of the stakeholder engagement strategy conducted by the project team. This led to several activities including support to the Chaco platform to be included in other projects such as the Green Climate Fund Results Based Payments project, to be kicked off in 2022. History
8. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Secure financial sustainability of Platform and implementation of its action plan. Define and implement strategy to secure the financial sustainability of all platforms in each pilot country. It may rely on a mix of sources (e.g. ensuring costing is carried out, and costs are included in government budgets at all relevant levels, exploring public-private partnerships for long term solutions, or donor funding for medium term).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Define a strategy for Platforms and Action Plans Financial Sustainability
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2021/09 Completed Delays due to COVID-19 crisis, including inability to meet and discuss with stakeholders and government prioritizing COVID-19 response. In Indonesia, a strategy to secure sustainability of the Platform was defined as part of the Presidential instruction legalizing the National Action Plan (NAP), which mandates the creation of a NAP Implementation Team, led by the government. In addition to that, a study to explore options to further support sustainability of the multi-stakeholder platform beyond the timeline of the NAP (2024) was developed. The study was supposed to be kicked off at the end of 2020 but got delayed because of recruitment process and health issues of the consultant (COVID-19). The study was completed in Q4 2021 and recommendations will be discussed with the NAP Implementation Team and Secretariat in January 2022 so they can move to implementation. Regarding the action plans, a stakeholder engagement plan was prepared to get commitment from stakeholders for action plan implementation at both national and subnational level. A costing exercise for the NAP was initially planned but was cancelled due to challenges faced linked to the lack of annual targets for the NAP. However, the financial sustainability of the NAP and subnational action plans is being supported through stakeholder engagement to ensure NAP is internalized into state budget, and subnational action plans into provincial/district development plans and budgets. In addition to that, guidelines for NAP implementation were developed and circulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs with all the provinces and districts, calling for development of subnational action plans and related budget allocation. In Liberia, work on the development of a sustainability strategy for the Platform was kicked off in 2020 including a financial component. The strategy is finalized and is under discussion with stakeholders to support its implementation. Action plan financial sustainability is being supported through a costing exercise which is integrated into the final draft of the national action plan under the Implementation Framework section, and was validated by stakeholders in Q3 2021. The official launch of the action plan is planned for beginning of 2022, which will be the final step before moving to implementation. At the subnational level, a roadmap for landscape forum sustainability was developed. In Paraguay, a study to look at the sustainability of the Platforms was conducted in 2020 and the various models for sustainability were presented to stakeholders at the beginning of 2021, and further discussed during the year. In addition to that, a legal review of options for the institutionalization and financial sustainability of the Chaco Platform was developed during the first half of 2021 and recommendations were discussed with stakeholders to select the most appropriate ones for the Chaco platform. The transition of the platform towards a “non-profit organization having a scope with restrictions” (Asociación sin fines de lucro con Capacidad Restringida) was identified as the best approach to allow the platform to secure external funding sources. Regarding action plan financial sustainability, a local consultant was hired to speed up implementation of the Chaco plan in 2020 and his contract was extended until 2021 to support on the definition of the action plan sustainability. This included the development of a monitoring framework integrating a costing exercise to identify resources to be secured and the identification of stakeholders leading on activities implementation. History
Implement the strategy
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2022/06 Completed In Indonesia, the FOKSBI platform transitioned into the NAP Implementation Team and two Decrees (National Implementation Team and Secretariat) were signed in 2020 and both mention allocation of budget to support operation of the National Implementation Team. Since beginning of 2021, the project is supporting the operationalization of this National Implementation Team including Secretariat and establishment and legalization of multi-stakeholder working groups. A similar process has been kicked off at the subnational level and Implementation Teams were already established and legalized in the districts of Pelalawan, South Tapanuli and Sintang, and the province of North Sumatra. The Riau and West Kalimantan Implementation Teams were also established. The Riau one was legalized in Q1 2022, while the decree to legalize the West Kalimantan one was developed. Financial sustainability was also discussed with the NAP Implementation Team based on the study conducted – recommendations were acknowledged by government who reconfirmed its commitment for the Implementation Team, but would likely need more time to be fully implemented. Further work will be done under other projects continuing running post GGP (SECO funded project implemented by UNDP Indonesia) to ensure the recommendations can be fully implemented. Regarding the NAP and subnational action plans, engagement with government and other stakeholders was continued in 2020 and 2021 to secure commitment to finance implementation of the action plans. The NAP implementation guidelines advocating for development of subnational action plans and related budget allocation were widely socialized by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Bi-annual reports on implementation demonstrate progress made in terms of action plan implementation which is the evidence of budget allocation. Similar exercise conducted at the subnational level is feeding into national level reports. In addition, another project funded by SECO and implemented by UNDP Indonesia will remain active after closure of GGP, and work on further strengthening the financial sustainability of action plans. In Liberia, implementation of the sustainability strategy for the National Oil Palm Platform of Liberia (NOPPOL) is ongoing. Funds were already secured from Proforest to secure operation of the Platform for 2022, and engagement is continuing with the Ministry of Agriculture to identify potential new sources of funding while institutionalizing NOPPOL. The Ministry of Agriculture is currently reviewing its organigramme to include NOPPOL. At the landscape level, funds from upcoming projects such as the GEF-funded Food Systems Land Use and Restoration were secured to continue strengthening the landscape platform while expanding its scope. Given the state of resources available from national actors and that the establishment of platforms in Liberia was a new process, complete sustainability of the platforms and independence from external sources of funding was not deemed achievable during the timeline of the project. This would require longer term work, that the GGP project managed to secure by including support to the platforms into future development projects. Regarding the national action plan, it is expected that financial support would come from NOPPOL members who will use the action plan as a roadmap to guide their actions, as well as external sources of funding to be secured. The National Oil Palm Strategy and Action Plan (NOPSAP) was officially adopted in April 2022, strengthening the sustainability of the plan. Follow up NOPPOL meetings focusing on NOPSAP implementation were facilitated to prepare stakeholders on NOPSAP implementation. In Paraguay, the strategy for the Chaco platform sustainability was implemented with the process to transition the platform towards the non-profit entity kicked off. In addition to the definition of platform focal points from various participating organizations, funds were secured from upcoming projects such as the Green Climate Fund Results Based Payments project, to be launched in 2022, which will further strengthen the platform and ensure continuity of operation. Given the state of resources available from national actors, complete sustainability of the platform and independence from external sources of funding was not deemed achievable. This would require longer term work, that the GGP project managed to secure by including support to the platform into future development projects. On the action plan, the prioritization and costing exercise, the identification of lead stakeholders and the development of a monitoring framework were completed, as a strategy to support alignment of finance towards action plan implementation. Implementation is also expected to be further supported through upcoming development projects, and the Chaco action plan will be used by stakeholders as a roadmap. History
9. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Ensure Action Plans have a clear monitoring framework Clear monitoring frameworks with indicators and targets should be developed for each action plan to facilitate monitoring of their implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Define monitoring frameworks for each action plan developed
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2021/12 Completed Delays due to COVID-19 crisis, including inability to meet and discuss with stakeholders and government prioritizing COVID-19 response. In Indonesia, the monitoring framework was finalized and approved by government. It was used as a pilot during Q3-Q4 2021 for the third reporting exercise on the National Action Plan implementation and a training was delivered to national and subnational platform teams in December 2021 on the implementation of the monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. The system allows monitoring at the national and subnational levels. In Liberia, while the action plan was under finalization in 2021, a monitoring framework was developed and directly integrated into the plan. The action plan was validated by stakeholders in Q3 2021 and its official launch is planned for beginning of 2022. A session with NOPPOL stakeholders is planned to train them on the monitoring, evaluation and reporting system of the action plan. In Paraguay, a preliminary version of a monitoring tool was developed in collaboration with the two working groups of the Chaco Beef Platform in the first half of 2021, and was further refined during Q3-Q4 2021. A monitoring system was defined and already implemented by the two working groups of the Chaco platform. Monitoring will be supported by a consultant funded by the upcoming Green Climate Fund project who will report to the Platform Chair, and conducted on a bi-annual basis. History
10. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Strengthen the corporate engagement Designing a coherent strategy, building on the concept of Value Beyond Value Chain, would enable to foster the systemic change required. This should also be coordinated with the other child projects who have also corporate engagement.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design a strategy for corporate engagement in support of the national and/or subnational action plans in coordination with other child projects, as relevant
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
Supported by Senior Partnership Advisor Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2022/09 Completed Delays due to COVID-19 crisis, including inability to meet and discuss with stakeholders and government prioritizing COVID-19 response. In Indonesia, a stakeholders mapping was done to identify private sector companies to be engaged for action plans implementation. Initial discussions also took place around the development of guidelines for private sector actors to support action plans implementation but this was not pursued as the development and implementation of a private sector engagement strategy was prioritized. Budget did not allow to hire a national private sector engagement, but the stakeholder engagement officer worked on the development of the strategy that was finalized at the end of 2020. Private sector engagement was also a thematic discussed with GGP Partners during annual integrated workshops. In Liberia, a virtual workshop with local development partners was organized in December 2020 to gather inputs for the development of a corporate engagement strategy for NOPPOL and the action plan, as well as feedback on an initial roadmap. This helped refined the strategy which was further consulted with stakeholders and developed as part of a private sector workshop at the beginning of 2022. This strategy will support private sector participation in NOPSAP implementation. In Paraguay, initial discussions took place in 2020 but competing priorities prevented the team from working further on this. An initial strategy was internally defined and captured in 2021 into a document, while already in implementation. This includes the identification of private sector actors that are/can be involved in action plan implementation through the exercise currently under implementation to accelerate action plan implementation. History
Implement the strategy for corporate engagement in coordination with other child projects
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team Supported by Senior Partnership Advisor 2022/06 Completed The private sector engagement strategy is under implementation in Indonesia. During implementation, additional needs were identified, especially on more specific guidelines to be developed on private sector participation on NAP SPO implementation. This will be developed as part of a different project, complementary to the GGP. At the end of GGP, the implementation of the strategy was ongoing. In Liberia, a private sector workshop took place during the first half of 2022. This workshop helped finalizing the private sector strategy and kicked off is implementation. Implementation of the strategy was thus initiated and will be continued through additional private sector workshops planned. In Paraguay, the exercise to identify private sector actors that can/are involved in action plan implementation was completed, while engagement was strengthened with private sector actors to maintain and encourage their participation in the Chaco Platform. This led to good results with the three main cooperatives of the Chaco part of the platform and active towards action plan implementation, especially on farmers support activities. History
11. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Better use of platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue to ensure a participative process for policy reform, farmers system support and land use planning:

• Identify in each pilot country areas when dialogue through platform can be extended to better leverage some of the project work on these themes.

• Given the positive results from the dialogue and collaboration held in Platform for systemic change, explore how the government and private sector themselves could communicate on the results to further support the engagement of stakeholders and demonstrate how certain activities (such as policy reform) are critical for the process success, as well as better understand their motivation. Lessons from this extended use can provide input to further refine the concept of Multi-stakeholder Collaboration for systemic change.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify in each pilot country areas when dialogue through platform can be extended to work on policy reforms, farmer support system and land use planning, and derive key action points
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2020/03 Completed Indonesia is using subnational platforms or its thematic groups for policy work where possible. Several opportunities for using district forae for policy development and public consultations were identified, as well as at the national level. In Liberia, it was identified that the platform could be used to discuss the development of a farmer support system strategy and the RSPO National Interpretation (NI). In Paraguay, the Chaco Platform was already used in 2019 to work on the farmers support strategy (Productive Working Group of the Platform), and it will be used for discussion on HCV/HCS, public policies and the definition of sustainable beef. History
Implement the action points identified above
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2021/12 Completed In Indonesia, the Pelalawan forum was used to conduct public consultations for the development of the Pelalawan Regent Regulation on Palm Oil Plantation Partnership. In addition to that, the Pelalawan Farmers Support Strategy and the piloting of the Farmers Support Toolkit was also done through the Pelalawan forum. Finally, the NAP Implementation Team coordinated meetings focused on palm oil development issues more broadly, and not strictly focus on the NAP. Even if completed, additional cases were identified in 2021, both at national and subnational levels, with policies or farmer support issues being discussed during platform meetings. In Liberia, the farmers support system was discussed through the NOPPOL platform and as part of the development of the national action plan. The RSPO National Interpretation was also discussed through NOPPOL, and led to the official endorsement of the NI by the RSPO Board of Governors in 2021. Finally, products developed by development partners such as a Proforest were presented and discussed through NOPPOL. In Paraguay, the National Environmental Policy was presented and discussed with Chaco Platform members at the end of 2020 while feedback on the HCV HCS criteria was gathered through the Platform in January 2021 If initially planned to be discussed through the National Beef Platform (platform established beyond the scope of the project), the sustainable beef definition was instead discussed bilaterally with various actors, and would only be discussed through the National Beef Platform at a later stage, once this platform recently launched would have been strengthened. In addition, the platform has been a central place to discuss issues specific to indigenous peoples, thanks to a partnership with the Paraguayan Indigenous Institute. History
12. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Explore Producer Incentives for voluntary forest conservation In Paraguay, the legislation enables to deforest up to 75 %. It is therefore critical to explore the potential of financial incentives to conserve biodiversity and forests above legal requirements through financing mechanism linking to REDD+.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore potential financial incentives to conserve biodiversity and forests beyond legal requirements
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/03 Completed Study completed in Q1 2020 History
Put plan in place for implementing financial incentives
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/09 Completed Initial discussions took place with the UNDP project focusing on Forests which is working on the promotion of environmental services and results-based payments, and it was decided to support financial incentives through promotion and communication of the environmental services scheme. History
Implement the plan
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
Paraguay Project Team 2021/12 Completed Support was provided on the socialization of the scheme for environmental services in partnership with MADES to three Mennonites cooperatives. This led to a discussion on a needed revision of the legal framework and criteria for environmental services identified as a barrier for producers, which was supported by the project and led to a revision of the law on Payments for Ecosystems Services in Q3 2021. In addition to that, communication material on payment for environmental services was developed including flyers targeting private sector actors. This material was largely disseminated by the MADES. It was also agreed at the beginning of 2021 that a working group with GGP Partners will be created on the theme of financial incentives, and GGP Partners including UNDP provided inputs to the feasibility study on financial incentives being developed by UNEP FI. Finally, the draft National Environmental Policy developed with support from the project also aims to promote environmental services through the inclusion of strategic guidelines to promote the internalization of externalities, increase the demand for such services, promote their purchasing and economic valuation and implement evaluation tools. The draft policy was submitted to the MADES for adoption. History
13. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Country Project efficiency In each country office, there are some areas to be considered for better efficiency:

• In Indonesia, teams work in silos, there should be more coordination among the Platform work and the work at Landscape level.

• In Indonesia, continue to leverage the power of the other child projects to support the work, as much as possible. More sharing on the corporate engagement work could be useful.

• In Liberia, explore if the root cause of the Sime Darby divestment and potentially other divestments is the lack of a financially viable outgrower model, or other factors. Support the country accordingly.

• In Paraguay, the platform coordination work is shared with the BAPAA project which will end in June 2020. Securing funding to continue to benefit from the expertise of the Platform team (coordinator, beef specialist) is therefore crucial.

• In Paraguay, the budget should be revised as there were some mistakes at project design.

• Paraguay Recommendation is to explore the benefits and costs to implement the Systems approach in order to have a comprehensive approach for a sustainable beef sector with reduced deforestation

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
SPOI team to continue with joint planning and ensure joint at least monthly technical meetings between the Platform and Landscape teams
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
Indonesia Project Team 2022/06 Completed Process put in place for joint planning with weekly meetings organized between the Platform and Landscape teams. This allowed opportunities to be leveraged such as activities from the landscape team using platforms to enhance involvement of stakeholders and dialogue on activities, especially policy work at the subnational level. History
In Indonesia, continue to leverage the power of the other child projects to support the work, as much as possible, including more sharing on corporate engagement, through yearly integration workshop by end of Q1 and quarterly monitoring of actions taken
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
Indonesia Project Team 2021/12 Completed Integrated planning workshops were organized in Q1 2020 and Q1 2021. This allowed increased collaboration between child projects on private sector engagement and NAP implementation. For example, a workshop with retailers to socialize the NAP was organized in collaboration with WWF Indonesia in 2020. Integrated workplans are monitored in a quarterly basis. Even though the project was extended until Q2 2022, no additional integrated planning meeting is scheduled for beginning of 2022 as child projects have different timelines. For example, the Demand child project has already completed all its activities. The Transactions project is still active and ongoing collaboration is maintained. History
In Liberia, understand the root cause of Sime Darby Divestment, and propose what UNDP can do on the policy side, beyond what it is already doing, to avoid more divestments
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
Liberia Project Team 2020/03 Completed Discussions were held with CI and it was decided that TSA was the best that UNDP should do on the policy side. The TSA was reviewed to integrate the Sime Darby divestment, and provide some guidance on the policy side to avoid future divestments. The TSA was validated by the NOPPOL Steering Committee in December 2020. History
In Paraguay, secure funding for the BAAPA platform team beyond June 2020
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/03 Completed Team funding for core team secured for 2020 and new projects starting in 2021 should secure 2021 funding History
In Paraguay, carry-out a budget revision to correct mistakes made in the design phase
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/01 Completed Done. History
In Paraguay, explore the costs and benefits to implement a systems approach in order to have a comprehensive approach for a sustainable beef sector with reduced deforestation
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
Paraguay Project Team with support from A&L Team 2021/03 Completed It was decided to hold a systems approach workshop, which was postponed from March to October 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions and moved to a 5 half days virtual event. The last session of this event took place in Q1 2021 and key insights fed into the integrated planning workshop. History
14. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Paraguay: strategy for a common vision on sustainable beef Ensure discussion in the National Platform leads to agreement on a common vision of "sustainable beef production". Systems approaches are often very valuable for getting collective agreement over sustainable beef production.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Agree on common vision of sustainable beef production at national level
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2022/03/03]
Paraguay Project Team 2021/12 Completed Under the Demand project, work on a definition for sustainable beef was completed in 2021. The definition was validated by the main private sector actor of the sector (Rural Association of Paraguay) which socialized it through a series of articles developed with support from the project. Public sector actors also validated the definition, and a draft resolution for adoption through a resolution from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock was developed and submitted. History
15. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Obtain a 6 months no cost extension for the Production Project

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Get approval from Project Board
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
GGP Production PMU 2020/06 Completed Project Board agreed in June 2019. 12.-month extension recommended by UNDP HQ due to COVID-19, approved by Board member in December 2020. History
Get approval from UNDP GEF
[Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
GGP Production PMU 2020/10 Completed Request submitted in December 2020 and approved. History

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