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Terminal Evaluation of the UNDP-GEF Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas in Seychelles
Commissioning Unit: Seychelles
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2023
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Seychelles
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Ensuring (necessary) final project results achievement

SeyCCAT and MSP process to finalize the outstanding items of this project, including most notably the Financing Plan updating and the solutions there-in (including revisiting the WTP and PES), the biodiversity economic valuation study.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08] [Last Updated: 2021/11/09]

Fully Accept.

The Management fully agrees with this recommendation and note that:

a) it is duly directed to SEYCCAT and the SMSP process for the update of the Financing Plan and the economic valuation study. The management also notes that both organizations have been able to leverage funding for the same.

b)  Additionally work is being undertaken under SWIOFISH3 for Blue carbon assessment for mangroves and Evaluation of Ecosystem Goods and Services for Seychelles’ Protected Area System under SMSP.

The project is also exploring whether biodiversity economic study will be undertaken under GEF7 projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a) Updating the Financing plan(containing financial solutions)
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/04/28]
MACCE (SeyCCAT and SMSP*) 2023/03 Initiated There has been a change in SEYCCAT senior management and it is expected that this key action will be followed through in collaboration with MSP over the course of the year. History
b) Concluding biodiversity economic valuation study
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
MACCE/SWIOFISH3/SMSP/PCU 2022/12 Initiated The work is still ongoing and results are expected by the end of 2022 History
2. Recommendation:

Ensuring (necessary) final project results achievement

Maximise institutional coordination between SeyCCAT, MSP, Biodiversity Finance Unit, Blue Economy GEF-7 Project, Climate Finance to drive project results and build stronger financing for protected areas (also linked to ecosystem resilience to climate change.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08] [Last Updated: 2021/11/09]

Fully accepted.

The BioFin Unit with MACCE is intended to have an over-arching role in terms of coordinating all biodiversity related projects in the Seychelles (including financial solutions identified in the BFP), and mainstreaming all such projects into Seychelles’ economic planning and annual budgetary processes. However, at present the BFU is understaffed (only 1 staff position has been funded) and has an inadequate level of capacity to implement its mandate.  The upcoming GEF7 project proposes to support the BFU to undertake this mandate.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a) Project Support to build up capacity of the BFU unit
[Added: 2021/11/09]
MACCE- BioFin Unit (BFU), support from GEF7 2023/01 Initiated GEF7 project to build The capacities of BFU to support the implementation of Seychelles’ Biodiversity Finance Plan. Currently the GEF7 is under project preparation and implementation is expected to commence in 2023
b) SeyCCATs Fundraising and partnership manager to support BFU unit
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
SeyCCAT to work with BFU to build capacity and to work together in a more complementary way for the next two years. 2022/06 Completed SeyCCAT has a fundraising and partnerships manager on board and is expected to work closely with the Ministry over the coming months and years. This is an ongoing recommendation. History
3. Recommendation:

Ensuring (necessary) final project results achievement

Finalise the institutional assessment of the SPGA and drive project results achieved for SNPA, maintain and build on infrastructural, structural and capacity support built by project

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08] [Last Updated: 2021/11/09]

Fully accept.

 

The organizational restructuring of the Seychelle Parks and Gardens Authority will maintain and build on the capacities developed by the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a) Finalise the institutional assessment support
[Added: 2021/11/09]
PCU PM, SNPA, GOS 2021/08 Completed The organizational assessment was concluded in July 2021. As per the Government restructuring, a new CEO was appointed in June 2021 and SNPA changed name to Seychelles Parks and Gardens Authority in August 2021 with internal re-structuring of various teams and departments.
b) Handover of SNPA output to SPGA CEO
[Added: 2021/11/09]
PAF project 2021/09 Completed This has been completed with Project conclusion.
4. Recommendation:

Sustaining and further catalyzing results for Theory of Change impact

Develop information dissemination strategy to share best practices  (and generally more in terms of overall GEF spending and results achievement under projects developed), integrate PCU and GEF work more strategically into the work programme of MACCE 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08]

Fully accepted.

MACCE to ensure that sufficient importance is given from project development and implementation. Given number of active projects being run from PCU, MACCE is currently reassessing the role and future of PCU.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MACCE to reassess role and future of PCU and ensure adequate attention on coordination and information dissemination is included in project from inception to conclusion
[Added: 2021/11/09]
GoS, MACCE, PCU 2023/01 Initiated MACCE has already initiated the restructuring of the PCU to ensure its integration within the Ministry and to ensure enhanced dissemination of key results of projects and of course to widen the portfolio.
5. Recommendation:

Sustaining and further catalyzing results for Theory of Change impact

Partnerships for enhanced resilience

Build coordination and partnership for enhanced resilience and mutual supportive environment. System fragmentation will risk system resilience and needs to be dealt with through use Advisory Board (from 2018) platform under the Nature Reserve and Conservancy Bill

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08] [Last Updated: 2021/11/09]

Fully accepted.

Key actions are still within the scope of the drafted Bill for improved partnerships for enhanced resilience.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure advisory board platform still under latest version of the Nature Reserve and conservancy Bill
[Added: 2021/11/09]
MACCE as lead & Project partners 2022/12 Initiated The Bill will still need to be endorsed by Cabinet along with the recommendations. There are ongoing legal reforms and this may impact the timeline for approval/endorsement of the Bill.
6. Recommendation:

Sustaining and further catalyzing results for Theory of Change impact

Bring in external expertise on depth facilitation/conflict resolution in the set up and the first focus of the meetings to deal with recurrent barriers to moving forward that only depth facilitation processes will have a chance to resolve.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08]

Partially accepted.

The Management notes that although, there are some provisions within the nature reserve bill, it may take longer  to actually realize the in depth facilitation process as roles and responsibilities of various entities still needs to be defined

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
b) Define the roles and responsibilities as needed within the provisions of the Nature Reserve Bill to ensure a depth facilitation/conflict resolution mechanism
[Added: 2021/11/09]
MACCE, SMSP 2022/12 Initiated The set up of the conflict resolution mechanism may be considered for implementation/realization of the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan, as this initiative brings together a broad spectrum of stakeholders together. However, the role of SMSP should align with the relevant provisions made within the Nature Reserve Bill.
a) Activity to be considered for GEF7 project development
[Added: 2021/11/09]
PCU 2021/09 Completed The project preparation team for GEF7 have been apprised of the recurrent barriers towards a systems approach. Some work has been done to engage with partners to move forward on the new project towards managing expectations and proposing some mechanisms to overcome the barriers.
7. Recommendation:

Sustaining and further catalyzing results for Theory of Change impact

At project level, any project that includes partnerships for the entire system, an umbrella agreement could be signed by all partners agreeing to mutual cooperation and support toward the system before individual agreements are taken forward

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08] [Last Updated: 2021/11/09]

Partially accepted with reservations.

The management notes that SMSP process may incorporate such an agreement towards a PA system approach. MOUs may be explored for standardization, but need not be legally binding. Furthermore partners capacities are at different levels so other avenues will need to be explored  and as such an umbrella agreement may not be best in the context .

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
b) Draft standardized MOUs for possible future applications prior to project implementation
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
MACCE 2022/06 Completed A MOU template is available but may be subject to changes based on project scope and results and as yet to be firmly applied as part of the Programme Coordination Units SOP. This is expected to be functional and implemented on approval of new projects being implemented by the MACCE History
a) Concept to be considered by MACCE(e.g. moving forward with the implementation phase of the SMSP initiative)
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
MACCE 2024/07 Not Initiated The SMSP initiative is yet to be formalized by the end of 2022. As such this recommendation will be initiated once the roll out of SMSP or other initiatives which will require multi-party agreements. History
8. Recommendation:

Sustaining and further catalysing results for Theory of Change impact

Make nature’s value visible in the economic agenda through the integration of Natural Capital Accounting in the National System of Accounts (through consultative discussions with NSA and UNDSA) (international technical and financial support option through UNDSA)

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08] [Last Updated: 2021/11/09]

Management does not fully accept this recommendation although the merit of this recommendation is acknowledged.

The main constraint is the capacities of national bodies such as the National Bureau of Statistics and other relevant bodies to integrate environmental valuation into the National System of Accounts. Management could not fully agree on this recommendation as the final decision to incorporate the environment into the national accounting systems until these were discussed with other agencies and that their capacities to capture the valuation was enhanced.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a) Discussion with NBS, MFTEP, CBS and MACCE to further discuss the potential for data collection and integration of Natural Capital Accounting
[Added: 2021/11/09]
UNDP/MACCE can engage with Statistics Office, liaise with international partners through UN like UNDSA and UNEP 2022/12 Not Initiated The main concern is the lack of human, technical and financial resources available at National Bureau of Statistics and opportunity to connect them to this wider discussion.
b) BioFin should have already initiated such activity, outcomes can be expended and shared as part of BFU objectives
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
UNDP/ MACCE(BFU) 2023/07 Not Initiated Enhancing the capacity of BFU is currently under discussion with SEYCCAT and will be further explored under GEF 7 once it commences implementation History
9. Recommendation:

Sustaining and further catalysing results for Theory of Change impact

Conduct case-study of economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in two sectors that the government is focusing on under its economic diversification plan of the IMF reform, namely fisheries and agriculture, and then through tourism (depending on necessity building on MSP economic valuation study) (international technical and financial support option through UNEP The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Office).

Some of this could form part of existing work, and other under new work (external support to set this up is very likely, e.g. Natural Capital Accounting through United Nations Statistics Division – already some work has been done here for SEEA accounts for fisheries with the National Statistics Office in Seychelles in 2016, through the TEEB Office in UNEP links could be made for accounting, as well as for case studies (e.g. TEEB AgriFood for agriculture), all of which would strongly support re-financing for protected areas as a system

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/08] [Last Updated: 2021/11/09]

Management does not fully accept this recommendation although the merit of this recommendation is acknowledged.

The main constraint is the capacities of national and other relevant bodies to undertake this exercise and prior discussions with agencies such as Tourism, Finance, Statistics, Agriculture etc... must be had to provide a general consensus to conduct the case studies and integrate environmental value chain in national accounts system.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a) Depending on findings of the SMSP costing and financing option exercise for implementation, this activity can be further explored
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
MACCE (SMSP), SeyCCAT 2023/07 Not Initiated The SMSP costing is set to be completed by end of 2022 and as such this recommendation can only be addressed once the findings are public History
b) Activity to be presented to NBS to understand feasibility
[Added: 2021/11/09] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
UNDP/MACCE can engage with Statistics Office, liaise with international partners through UN like UNDSA and UNEP 2024/07 Not Initiated This is a longer-term discussion with NBS and other partners and unlikely to be initiated within 2022. Further opportunities for data collection and publication will be explored through other partners and donors. History

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