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Mid-Term Review for China's Protected Area Reform (C-PAR) 1
Commissioning Unit: China
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: China
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Finalize the Environmental and Social Risk Assessment (ESIA), Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) as a matter of urgency, while ensuring that SES requirements for disclosure are adhered to.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Finalize the ESIA and ESMP, and implement C-PAR1 ESMP and periodically monitoring in accordance with the comments from safeguard specialists until it is cleared by UNDP Safeguards Team
[Added: 2022/04/04] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
UNDP/PMO/Social and environmental safeguards (SES) specialists 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
1.2 Establish Grievance Redress Mechanism per the ESMP immediately.
[Added: 2022/04/04] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
UNDP/PMO/Social and environmental safeguards (SES) specialists 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
2. Recommendation:

When the ESMP is finalized, review all project outputs and activities (including those completed, underway and future) against the ESMP to ensure risks are appropriately managed, make any necessary changes to the design of activities and identify any required remedial actions, and have the findings endorsed by the PSC and RTA

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Review all project outputs and activities against the ESMP to ensure risks are appropriately managed, take any required remedial actions and have the findings endorsed by the PSC and RTA
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO/ Pilot Sites /Subcontractors/Consultants/PSC/UNDP CO/RTA 2022/12 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Provide enhanced technical oversight and support, including targeted capacity building, to CO and other stakeholders for the complex processes involved in managing high-risk safeguards projects

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 UNDP CO will appoint focal point for safeguard issues to ensure the full compliance with SES standards and procedures.
[Added: 2022/04/04] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
UNDP CO 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
3.2 UNDP Regional Office will enhance capacity building of CO and strengthen the technical oversight on safeguard compliance/ensurance.
[Added: 2022/04/04]
UNDP Regional Office 2024/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Review the processes followed in environmental and social risk management in this project since CEO endorsement, identify lessons learned and opportunities to improve safeguards outcomes in future projects

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 The lessons learned will be identified as important reference for other/future projects. Coordinate with other CPAR Project to prepare communication material (including Biodiversity Exposure and PANORAMA Solutions)
[Added: 2022/04/04]
UNDP CO, RTA, PMO 2024/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Coordinate implementation of the recommendations on environmental and social risk management at a C-PAR programmatic level to maximize identification of systemic issues, opportunities for improvement and lessons learned

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Coordinate the international safeguards consultants and 3 child project PMOs at a C-PAR programmatic level to maximize identification of systemic issues, opportunities for improvement and lessons learned
[Added: 2022/04/04]
5.1 Coordinate the international safeguards consultants and 3 child project PMOs at a C-PAR programmatic level to maximize identification of systemic issues, opportunities for improvement and lessons learned 2024/12 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Prepare a revised results framework for approval by the PSC and RTA with all baselines and targets reviewed and confirmed and with clarity around how each will be measured and reported.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Prepare a revised results framework for approval by the PSC and RTA with all baselines and targets reviewed and confirmed and with clarity around how each will be measured and reported.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Prepare and submit the revised results framework to the PSC and RTA for approval
[Added: 2022/04/04]
6.1 Prepare and submit the revised results framework to the PSC and RTA for approval 2022/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Establish end-of-project targets for the KAP survey under Indicator 12d and have these approved by the PSC and RTA

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Establish end-of-project targets for the KAP survey under Indicator 12d and have these approved by the PSC and RTA

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Establish and submit the propose of end-of-project targets to PSC and RTA for approval
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO/specialists/PSC/RTA 2022/12 Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Revise the wording of the EOP target for Indicator 3 to be more specific and measurable and to be within the control of the project to achieve

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Revise and submit the revised target for Indicator 3 to the PSC and RTA for approval
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO/ specialists /UNDP CO/PSC/RTA 2022/12 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Revise the EOP target for Indicator 2 to shift the primary focus to the total area of expansion, without being specific about the contributions of the pilot NPs, and support this proposed change with an analysis of the biodiversity conservation benefits (including KBA coverage) that have been delivered by the establishment of the large areas of TRS and GP NPs.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Revise the EOP target for Indicator 2 to shift the primary focus to the total area of expansion, without being specific about the contributions of the pilot NPs, and support this proposed change with an analysis of the biodiversity conservation benefits (including KBA coverage) that have been delivered by the establishment of the large areas of TRS and GP NPs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Revise the EOP target for Indicator 2 to shift the primary focus to the total area of expansion and get approval by RTA.
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO//Pilot sites /UNDP CO/RTA 2022/12 Initiated
9.2 Analysis of the biodiversity conservation benefits (including KBA coverage) that have been delivered by the establishment of the large areas of TRS and GP NPs.
[Added: 2022/04/04]
9.2 Analysis of the biodiversity conservation benefits (including KBA coverage) that have been delivered by the establishment of the large areas of TRS and GP NPs. 2024/12 Initiated
10. Recommendation:

Reorient the strategy for Xianju to pursue its declaration as a protected area in a category other than a NP, to achieve enhanced biodiversity protection and

further contribute to PA system reforms

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Reorient the strategy for Xianju to pursue its declaration as a protected area in a category other than a NP further contribute to PA system reforms
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO/Pilot sites 2024/12 Initiated
11. Recommendation:

Prepare an end-of-project CPAR program report (at terminal evaluation) that assesses 1. Progress against program indicators and 2. Progress towards outcomes and achievements beyond individual child projects

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Accumulate C-PAR child projects program reports and have them in stock (1. Progress against program indicators and 2. Progress towards outcomes and achievements beyond individual child projects)
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO, C-PAR2 PMO, C-PAR3 PMO, C-PAR4 PMO, C-PAR5 PMO, C-PAR6 PMO 2024/12 Initiated
11.2 Draft the end-of-project C-PAR program report (1. Progress against program indicators and 2. Progress towards outcomes and achievements beyond individual child projects)
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO 2024/12 Not Initiated
12. Recommendation:

Improve regular interaction between those involved in related project work at national and local levels to provide better strategic guidance, share knowledge and facilitate input to each other’s work

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1 Improve bimonthly meeting mechanisms between PMO and 3 pilot sites to provide better strategic guidance, share knowledge and facilitate input to each other’s work
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO/Pilot sites 2024/12 Initiated
13. Recommendation:

Use the expertise and enthusiasm of the PSC by continuing to hold more than one PSC meeting per year and involving them in strategic discussions about the complex matters that the project is addressing

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1 Adopt more flexible approaches to involve PSC members in strategic discussions about the complex matters that the project is addressing
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO, PSC 2024/12 Initiated
14. Recommendation:

Drive a new focus on achieving targets for female participation and on optimising gender mainstreaming outcomes, by 1. developing annual gender action plans and 2. updating the gender action plan that was developed during project preparation (Annex I of the project document) after the completion of the ESIA, in line with the SESP risk mitigation measure described in the project document

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
14.1 Develop and update annual gender action plans after ESIA is finalized in line with the SESP risk mitigation measure described in the project document
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO/Pilot sites/gender focal points/4 gender experts 2024/12 Not Initiated
15. Recommendation:

Develop a corridor policy and guideline that can be used by projects for ecological-based planning, establishment and management of corridors.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
15.1 Develop a corridor policy and guideline that can be used by projects for ecological-based planning, establishment and management of corridors
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO, specialists 2024/12 Not Initiated
16. Recommendation:

Undertake trial implementation of the climate-responsive PA planning and monitoring guideline at the three NP pilots, to inform biodiversity management in the pilots and to validate and strengthen the national guideline and improve the quality of the scientific assessments.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
16.1 Develop climate-responsive PA planning and monitoring guideline
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO, specialists 2024/12 Initiated
16.2 Demonstrate trail implementation among the 3 NP pilots, to inform biodiversity management in the pilots and to validate and strengthen the national guideline and improve the quality of the scientific assessments.
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO, specialists 2024/12 Not Initiated
17. Recommendation:

Develop a sustainability plan during the final year of the project to identify how the project’s results can be continued beyond the GEF funding and upscaled where possible.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
17.1 Develop a sustainability plan in 2024 and upscale where possible.
[Added: 2022/04/04]
PMO, FECO, specialists 2024/12 Not Initiated

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