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Enhancing Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resource Management in the White Drin and the Extended Drin Basin” Project
Commissioning Unit: Kosovo
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kosovo
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Design of future regional projects should better analyse the situation in countries to identify risks and eventual obstacles to transboundary management process at a regional scale. This should be more realistically reflected in the project documents.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/16] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]

Fully Accept. The design of the project had analysed efficiently the situation in the Drin Riparians to identify risks and eventual obstacles to transboundary management process at a regional scale. This analysis led during the project implementation, in the Drin Riparians taking concrete steps for an institutional and legal arrangement to upscale cooperation for the management of the Drin Basin. This successful experience indicates that such analysis should continue being done in the framework of future regional projects and the results being reflected in their design.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Use the lessons learned, in the design of future regional projects to reflect the results of an analysis of the situation in the Drin Riparians to identify risks and eventual obstacles to transboundary management process at a regional scale.
[Added: 2021/11/25] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
UNDP Programme Unit and partners 2022/12 Not Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Project implementation team should follow-up with the partners to determine an accurate level of co-financing committed to the project. GEF should consider a standardised approach to calculating co-financing to ensure that partners are calculating their commitments on the same basis.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/16] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Project implementation team follows-up with the partners to determine an accurate level of co-financing committed to the project.
[Added: 2021/11/25] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
UNDP Programme Unit and implementing partners 2027/12 Not Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Projects’ design should have clearly elaborated the exit strategy. Many transboundary management processes are dependent on the project financing before they become fully endorsed by the countries, and no project continuity may negatively affect the process.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/16] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Include an clearly elaborated exit strategy in future Projects’ design.
[Added: 2021/11/25] [Last Updated: 2021/12/09]
UNDP Programme Unit and partners 2022/12 Not Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

The future regional project designs should continue allocating resources for the implementation of pilot or demonstration projects. Such projects may prove helpful to incorporate emerging and/or innovative issues and/or solutions as well as national priorities for the transboundary river basin. These projects should be planned in order to maintain the equal participation of all countries.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/16] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Allocate resources in future Projects’ designs also in line with vertical funds requirements for the implementation of pilot or demonstration projects. These activities should be planned in a way maintain the equal participation of all countries.
[Added: 2021/11/25] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
UNDP and implementing partners 2022/12 Not Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

The project should in its design phase elaborate more extensively on the development of institutional solutions for transboundary water management that might include, for example, establishment of river commissions coupled with the necessary legal provisions if the initial analysis shows that such longer-term solution might be feasible. Since such decision is in the hands of the political authorities of the countries concerned, the project should support the establishment of such a solution, if it will be taken.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/16] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Include provisions in the future Projects’ design for support of the development of institutional solutions for transboundary water management that might include, for example, establishment of river commissions coupled with the necessary legal provisions, should there are positive related political decisions from the side of the Riparians.
[Added: 2021/11/25] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
UNDP Programme Unit and partners 2022/12 Not Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

The execution arrangement of the regional projects should continue using decentralised project management, such as Officers on the field in addition to the central implementation unit.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/16] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]

Partially Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Consider provisions in the future Projects’ design for the execution arrangements to include project Officers stationed in the Project Beneficiaries with the aim to coordinate Riparian level activities.
[Added: 2021/11/25] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
UNDP Programme Unit and partners 2022/12 Not Initiated History

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