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Final Evaluation UNDP Re-granting Partnership Phase II: Towards Sustainable Management of Belize`s Seascape
Commissioning Unit: Belize
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 01/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Belize
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Support for preparation of feasibility studies to pilot new fishing methods in the communities affected by the managed access program could improve project design and coupled with the knowledge exchange would lead to a greater degree of implementation success.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26] [Last Updated: 2021/08/07]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue to promote innovation and the promotion of green jobs and livelihoods within small granting and programming strategy.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed This is an ongoing process within the continuous SGP Grant cycle. History
Promote prefeasibility studies pertaining to investments in livelihoods.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment. GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed SGP makes every effort to ensure feasibility studies are conducted for projects that have a livelihood component. History
2. Recommendation:

Technical support for the fishermen associations to build their membership base, strengthen their governance and organizational systems, improve project management capacities to continue to serve as strong liaison with the communities and protected areas managers.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26] [Last Updated: 2021/08/07]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Retain capacity development as a key thematic area of support in regranting programmes.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment. GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed This is an ongoing process within the continuous SGP Grant cycle. History
Advocate for first time grantees investment of at least 40% of grant in strategic planning and capacity development.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2022/01 Completed This is an ongoing process within the continuous SGP Grant cycle History
3. Recommendation:

Continue to empower the wives of fishers by facilitating capacity building initiatives in micro enterprise and encourage their involvement in supporting the fishermen associations and to take leading roles in mobilizing community development initiatives.This can be in collaboration with effective partners in other sectors such as sugar for the northern communities and tourism for the southern communities as well as national development agencies such as the credit unions, Belize Trade and Investment Development Enterprise (BELTRAIDE) and Development Finance Corporation (DFC) via their microloan programs.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26] [Last Updated: 2021/08/07]

Accepted

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

The growing youth population in rural Belize presents an opportunity to engage with and empower young people. Efforts to pursue activities that promote entrepreneurship and build capacity of young people in the fishing communities would be strategic interventions to engage and empower the youth population. Once the young people realize that there are viable options for income generation other than fishing, they will pursue careers other than fishing.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26] [Last Updated: 2021/08/07]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Maintain youth as targeted programmatic beneficiary group in regranting.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2021/12/01]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2021/10 Completed Youths remain as one of the targeted programmatic beneficiary groups History
5. Recommendation:

Conservation success will be tied to sustaining the support for the families of fishers via education for the youths and support for wives. Continue to include fisher families, women, and youth in projects to change behaviours and diversify livelihood activities in the communities which will result in sustaining the wins and accomplishment of the projects. Women are now more interested in supplementing their husband’s income in the household and participate in decision making relating to their families. Their priority seems to be educating their children beyond primary school level.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26] [Last Updated: 2021/08/07]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Criteria for regranting emphasizes the need for the creation of opportunities for women to participate in livelihoods and green jobs.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed Criteria agreed upon and this is an ongoing process within the continuous SGP Grant cycle History
6. Recommendation:

Knowledge exchange visits provides a practical framework to strengthen collaboration between management and users. This type of activity should continue to be supported to capitalize on the interest from the Belizean fishers and counterparts. These knowledge exchanges should be done more often and as an activity integrated in the programme of work of protected areas managers and in collaboration with the fishermen associations.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26] [Last Updated: 2021/08/07]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Promote opportunities for exchanges among grantee partners.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed Where feasible and considering the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities for exchanges among grantee partners are conducted. History
Consider opportunities for South South exchanges in project design and development.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed Where feasible and considering the COVID-19 pandemic, due consideration is given for South-South exchanges. History
7. Recommendation:

Stakeholder consultation remains a critical factor in designing relevant and appropriate interventions. The cultural and socioeconomic challenges that hindered performance during implementation of the projects related to the fisher communities and the urban communities highlighted that although the problems that the projects were working to solve were relevant, the interventions needed to be culturally and socially appropriate and sensitive to the target audience to ensure by-in and ownership from the design stage.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26] [Last Updated: 2021/08/07]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure project development through highly consultative process.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed This is ongoing as part of the continuous SGP grant cycle History
Stipulate endorsement letters from principal participating entities.
[Added: 2021/08/07] [Last Updated: 2022/01/26]
Energy and Environment, GEF SGP 2021/12 Completed Endorsement letters from principal participating entities are a requirement as part of the grant process. History
8. Recommendation:

The fishing communities continue to demonstrate their commitment for safeguarding natural resources and their willingness to participate in conservation activities. This is evident in the number of sessions conducted with fishers and by the number of organizations working in the same communities. Notwithstanding their busy schedules, the fisherfolk continue to participate in meetings. This is noted in the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), Belize Audubon Society(BAS)/Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), Sarteneja Fishermen Association (SFA), Copper Bank Fishermen Association (CBFA) and Wabafu Fishermen Association (WFA) projects which targets the same fishing communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26]

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Accepted
[Added: 2022/01/26]
SGP 2021/12 Completed
9. Recommendation:

Knowledge exchange visits provides a practical framework to strengthen collaboration between management and users. This type of activity should continue to be supported since there is interest from the Belizean fishers and counterparts. These knowledge exchanges should be done more often and as part of the programme of work of protected areas managers and in collaboration with the fishermen associations.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/26]

Key Actions:

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