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Mid-Term Review for China's Protected Area Reform (C-PAR) 2
Commissioning Unit: China
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2021
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: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.3 Include the implementation of the ESMP into the annual work plan of C-PAR2
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
PMO 2024/01 Initiated Changing a type. (2022 to 2024) History
1.1 Modify and improve the Chinese version of the ESMP of C-PAR2 in accordance with the comments from the international consultant and UNDP
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
UNDP/CPAR1/PMO 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
1.2 Organize ESMP training on stakeholders of the C-PAR2
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/08/26]
PMO/Demo. sites 2022/08 Completed Confirmed by Programme Officers and PMOs on Aug 26 2022. History
1.4 Issue the C-PAR2 ESMP to PMUs through an official document to guide and supervise the long-term implementation of the ESMP in each project site
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
PMO/ Demo. sites 2024/01 Not Initiated History
1.5 Monitor the progress of the ESMP annually and update accordingly
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO 2024/01 Not Initiated
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: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Sort out the annual work plan from 2019 to 2021 and divide project activities into three categories: completed, ongoing and future
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/04/09]
PMO 2022/03 Completed Completed as per the Gansu PMO. Status updated on April 9 2022. History
2.2 Communicate with the social inclusion consultant (national) and identify the plans and reports requiring modification in accordance with the finalized ESMP
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
PMO 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
2.3 Submit the list of plans and reports that need to be modified to the PSC and RTA for approval, if needed
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/PSC/RTA 2022/12 Not Initiated
2.4 Integrate the ESMP into the workplans and report
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/ Demo. Sites /Subcontractors/Consultants 2023/12 Not Initiated
2.5 Report on the implementation of the ESMP on the annual PSC meeting
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/PSC 2024/01 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

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

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/26]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.2 UNDP Regional Office will enhance capacity building of CO and strengthen the technical oversight on safeguard compliance/ensurance
[Added: 2021/12/26]
UNDP Regional Office 2023/12 Initiated
3.1 UNDP CO will appoint focal point for safeguard issues to ensure the full compliance with SES standards and procedures.
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
UNDP CO 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
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: 2021/12/26]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 the lessons learned will be analyzed and included in the safeguard specialist report and project implementation report as important reference for other/future projects
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
UNDP CO, PMO, Safeguard Specialist 2024/01 Not Initiated History
4.2 Both UNDP and GFGB will take these lessons learnt into future formulation and implementation actions
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
UNDP, GFGB 2024/01 Not Initiated History
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: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Follow up with UNDP’s comments to the ESIA and ESMP reports and timely feedback to PMOs for improvement
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/03/01]
C-PAR1 2022/02 Completed Per communications with colleagues, this key action is completed. History
5.2 Coordinate the international safeguards consultant and PMOs to finalize the ESIA and ESMP to guide the risk management activities of PMOs
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
C-PAR1 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
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: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Sort out the indicators in the results framework that requires modification in accordance with the recommendations from the MTR report
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO 2021/12 Completed
6.2 Analyze the gap in the indicators to be modified to identify the modification direction and content
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
PMO 2021/12 Completed This is completed according to colleagues. History
6.3 Submit the revised indicators to the PSC and RTA for approval
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/04/26]
PMO/PSC/RTA 2022/04 Completed Per our communications with our colleagues, this key action has been completed. History
6.4 Design project activities in accordance with the approved indicators and complete in the second half of the project and ensure the adjusted activities fully incorporated into the workplans from 2022
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO 2024/01 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Develop and document a standard transparent process for data collection, analysis and reporting of species and threats and ensure that this is compatible with the methodologies that were used to establish the indicator baselines

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.2 In accordance with the comments from stakeholders, identify the methodologies and approaches for ‘data collection, analysis and reporting of species and threats’
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/ Subcontractors 2022/12 Initiated
7.4 Organize training on survey and data collection regrading species population and threatening factors
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/ Subcontractors 2022/12 Initiated
7.1 PMO and stakeholders conduct survey to learn about the methodologies and approaches for ‘data collection, analysis and reporting of species and threats’
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/Demo. PAs/ Subcontractors 2021/11 Completed
7.3 Analyze the methodologies that were used to establish the indicator baselines and develop a unified, effective, and compatible methodology for data collection based on current situation
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/05/30]
PMO/ Subcontractors 2022/05 Completed Per communications with our colleagues, this has been completed. History
7.5 Establish a procedure and platform to collect, analyze and report on species and threats data and test its effectiveness
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/ Subcontractors 2022/12 Not Initiated
7.6 Promote the sustainable operation of the procedure and the platform, regularly compare and analyze data, and research on the change of species and threatening factors
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/ Demo. PAs 2024/01 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Establish baseline status and end-of-project targets for the KAP survey and have these approved by the PSC and RTA

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 During the MTR, the PMO has confirmed with the MTR consultants that it will use the 2020 KAP survey as baseline and the final KAP survey will be conducted in 2022
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO 2021/10 Completed
8.2 The KAP baseline and end-of-project target has been submitted to the MTR consultants during the MTR
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO 2021/10 Completed
8.3 Submit the identified KAP baseline and end-of-project target to the PSC and RTA for approval
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/04/09]
PMO/PSC/RTA 2022/03 Completed Completed as per the Gansu PMO. Status updated on April 9 2022. History
8.4 In accordance with the approved end-of-project KAP target, update in the results framework
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/04/09]
PMO/PSC/RTA 2022/03 Completed Completed as per the Gansu PMO. Status updated on April 9 2022. History
8.5 Align knowledge management and awareness raising with the end-of-project KAP target to ensure the full realization
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO 2024/01 Not Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Clarify how the successful ‘establishment’ of the four corridors will be measured and reported and include this in the revised results framework

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Invite stakeholders to establish the EC Network Coordination Committee
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/04/09]
PMO/GFGB/local government/township, town 2022/03 Completed Completed as per the Gansu PMO. Status updated on April 9 2022. History
9.2 Hold the first meeting of the EC Network Coordination Committee, establish its responsibilities and mechanism, etc.
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
PMO/GFGB/local government/township, town 2022/06 Completed Completed per communications with our colleague. History
9.3 Identify the protection status of the EC
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/demo. NRs/ local government 2022/12 Not Initiated
9.4 Hold the EC Network Coordination Committee meeting regularly, and monitor and report of the implementation progress of the EC implementation plan (written report)
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/GFGB/local government/township, town 2024/01 Not Initiated
10. Recommendation:

Develop a clear ecological objective for each corridor, including simple diagrams showing the corridor in the landscape and the wildlife populations that will benefit

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Publicize widely after the EC is legally protected
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/GFGB/Demo. NRs/local government /township, town 2024/01 Not Initiated
10.2 Make diagrams indicating the location, vegetation distribution and the areas to be restored, controlled and managed
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/ Subcontractors 2022/12 Not Initiated
10.3 Update this information into the EC implementation plan
[Added: 2021/12/26]
PMO/Consultants 2022/12 Not Initiated
10.4 The relevant EC management agencies regularly monitor and report on the implementation progress of the EC implementation plan (written report)
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
PMO/GFGB/ Demo. NRs/ local government 2024/01 Not Initiated History
11. Recommendation:

Continue to refine the content of the PA management plans and sustainable financing plans to focus on practical and feasible measures, and provide ongoing support to the nature reserves for implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/26]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.6 Go through administration procedures to get the management plans and financing plans re-approved.
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
Demo. NRs 2022/12 Initiated History
11.1 Subcontractors to organize training on application of the management plan and financing plan, identify shortcoming and discuss about approaches to improve
[Added: 2021/12/26] [Last Updated: 2022/04/09]
Demo. NRs / Subcontractors 2022/03 Completed Completed as per the Gansu PMO. Status updated on April 9 2022. History
11.2 Demo. NRs to analyze the shortcomings in its management plan and sustainable financing plan to strengthen its operability, and measure the workload to improve them
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/04/09]
Demo. NRs / Subcontractors /PMO 2022/04 Completed Completed as per the Gansu PMO. Status updated on April 9 2022. History
11.3 Measure the budget required to improve the management plans and sustainable financing plans, reasonably adjust grant budget, and allocate additional fund to this work
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/05/30]
Demo. NRs / Subcontractors /PMO 2022/05 Completed Per communications with our colleagues, this has been completed. History
11.4 Target NRs sign complementary agreements with original subcontractors to modify and improve their management plan and financing plan in accordance with MTR consultants’ recommendation
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/11/23]
Demo. NRs / Subcontractors /PMO 2022/11 Completed As discussed with colleagues, key action 11.4 has been completed. History
11.5 Review the modified management plans and financing plans
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/10/30]
PMO 2022/10 Completed As confirmed by porogramme colleagues offline. Updated on Oct 31, 2022. History
12. Recommendation:

Assess the role of the Yuhe NR management plan to inform management of the Giant Panda NP in accordance with the official approval and management plan for the Giant Panda NP

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]

Reject (Personnel has changed due to institutional reform. Therefore, this task cannot be completed.)

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation:

Undertake a gap analysis of the alternative livelihoods training and capacity building and modify the training and support

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/27]

Reject (Needs assessment has been conducted in pre-phase. Most trainings have not been conducted yet. No need to conduct gap analysis)

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation:

Implement research to identify the remaining fundamental barriers to adopting alternative livelihoods, develop recommended approaches to assisting beneficiaries with these barriers, and modify training and support where appropriate

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/27]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
14.1 Re-assess community’s need on alternative livelihoods
[Added: 2021/12/27]
PMO/ Demo. NRs 2022/11 Completed
14.2 Collect documents and data regarding community’s need on alternative livelihoods
[Added: 2021/12/27]
PMO/ Demo. NRs 2022/11 Completed
14.3 Analyze the assessment on community’s need on alternative livelihoods and plan for matching resources
[Added: 2021/12/27]
PMO 2022/11 Completed
14.4 Provide substantive support to community alternative livelihoods
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/06/28]
PMO/Demo. NRs /Subcontractors 2022/08 Completed Completed per our colleague. History
15. Recommendation:

Develop provincial plans for conservation of other globally threatened species

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/27]

Partially Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
15.3 Gap Analysis on Conservation of Gansu Provincial Endangered Species and PA Planning developed to inform the provincial conservation plan of other globally threatened species
[Added: 2022/01/03]
GFGB/PMO/Subcontractors 2024/01 Initiated
15.1 The giant panda conservation plan was executed in accordance with the National Giant Panda Conservation Program Planning (2016-2025)
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
NFGA 2021/01 Completed This was completed in December 2016. History
15.2 Develop Gansu Provincial Snow Leopard Conservation Strategic Plan
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
GFGB 2021/01 Completed Revised: This was completed in December 2018. History
16. Recommendation:

Develop a sustainability plan before the end of the third year of the project to identify how the project’s results can be continued beyond the GEF funding and use this to inform activities over the final two years of implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/27]

 Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
16.1 Conceive the sustainability plan
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
PMO 2021/11 Completed This was completed according to colleagues. History
16.2 Draft the sustainability plan
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
PMO 2021/12 Completed This was completed according to colleagues. History
16.3 Discuss about the sustainability plan with stakeholders
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
PMO/Stakeholders 2021/12 Completed This was completed according to colleagues. History
16.4 Finalize the sustainability plan
[Added: 2021/12/27] [Last Updated: 2022/01/03]
PMO 2021/12 Completed This was completed according to colleagues. History
16.5 Advance the execution of the sustainability plan
[Added: 2021/12/27]
PMO/Stakeholders 2023/12 Not Initiated

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