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RIO Project "Building National Capacities to Meet Global Environmental Obligations within the framework of Sustainable Development Priorities" mid-term evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Madagascar
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Madagascar
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Strengthen the project team with qualified staff: Environmental Policy / Legal Specialist, Public Administration Specialist, Information and Communication Technology Specialist, Environmental Education Specialist, Environmental Sociologist, Biological Diversity Specialist, Climate Change Specialist, etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation accepted. The recruitment of a communication and monitoring-evaluation specialist has been adopted by the Steering Comity (COPIL)  (planned in the 2021 AWP), and the hiring process has been initiated. For other recruitment needs, the agreement of COPIL is required.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Recruit a Communication and Monitoring-evaluation Specialist
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU/OHR-UNDP 2022/12 Completed Récrutée en en janvier et démissionnaire en octobre 2022. Nouveau recrutement à faire (VNU à envisager) History
1.2. Recruitment of other specialists, as agreed by the COPIL
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU/OHR-UNDP 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Le recrutement de ces spécialistes n'a plus été jugé pertinent car des consultants sont déjà à pieds d'oeuvre. Seul le spécialiste en suivi et évaluation avait été recruté avec accord du COPIL du projet.]
History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Focus on legal, policy and institutional reforms to ensure sustainable conservation and use of natural resources (land, forests, water and income-generating activities, agriculture, reforestation, livestock), sharing the benefits generated from rational exploitation of (marine, coastal) natural resources and ecosystems, in accordance with international environmental conventions and national legislation; ensure sustainable conservation, use, access and benefit-sharing of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems, in accordance with international conventions and national legislation, as provided in the UNDP Strategic Plan

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation accepted. Development of strategies, plans and tools for legal, policy and institutional capacity reinforcement and reforms are part of the activities planned in the 2021 AWP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Identify reform needs in legal and regulatory texts and facilitate the preparation of the necessary draft texts at concerned ministries.
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU/ Technical comity of component 1 and 3 2022/12 Initiated History
2.2 Development of tools for integrating the Rio conventions into sectoral and regional policies and plans, and implement capacity reinforcement process
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU/Technical comity of component 1 and 4 2022/12 Initiated History
2.3 Establishment of a consensual framework for the development of the national sustainable development strategy
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU/ Technical comity of component 1 and 4 2022/12 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3 : Identify relevant concrete activities with visible impact, which correspond to national priorities and expected results; and accelerate their achievement within the time limits, such as micro-irrigation, development, reforestation, forest restoration activities, etc., which could create concrete and green jobs, to better meet the objectives of the Rio conventions, through sensitization and cascade animation and strengthening of synergies and complementarity with related projects

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation accepted. Such activities will be developed through the sensitization and community environmental initiative promotion cascade approach, and through partnership mobilization with other partners (UNDP, GIZ, AFD, etc.)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Implementation of the community environmental initiative and sensitization with the women associations of Itasy project, financed in partnership with UNDP Post-COVID project (More than 2000 beneficiaries)
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2022/12 Initiated History
3.2 Identification and implementation of projects in synergy with Kobaby (AFD) and PAGE (GIZ) projects on integrated Rio convention community initiatives that have impact on the population’s livelihood improvement
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU 2023/10 Initiated Signature du contrat avec KOBABY effectuée. Les actions de partage et de renforcement des bonnes pratiques sur l'intégration des conventions de RIO dans la gouvernance locale (renforement des sytèmes d'information, gouvernance environnementale...), notamment s'agissant de la protection des aires protégées. History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue  4 : Focus on activities making it possible to both contribute to improving the level of public information on the Rio conventions provisions and the access of project activity beneficiaries to environmental, economic and social benefits compensating for the efforts made for compliance with the Rio conventions

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommdation accepted but the key activities are those that will be implemented in recommandation 3 (same approach)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Implementation of the community environmental initiative and sensitization with the women associations of Itasy project, financed in partnership with UNDP Post-COVID project (More than 2000 beneficiaries)
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2022/12 Initiated History
4.2 Identification and implementation of projects in synergy with Kobaby (AFD) and PAGE (GIZ) projects on integrated Rio convention community initiatives that have impact on the population’s livelihood improvement
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU 2023/10 Initiated Signature du contrat avec KOBABY effectuée. Les actions de partage et de renforcement des bonnes pratiques sur l'intégration des conventions de RIO dans la gouvernance locale (renforcement des sytèmes d'information, gouvernance environnementale...), notamment s'agissant de la protection des aires protégées History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue  5 : If the 2014 self-assessment is not updated; plan rapid diagnosis in the by-component analyzes in order to identify (new/real) needs in specific technical and professional capacity building for the institutional and individual actors involved in the Project implementation, for compliance with the Rio conventions

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2021/12/01]

Recommandation accepted but the COPIL (project steering committee) will make the decision

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The rapid diagnosis will be proposed for the COPIL approval
[Added: 2021/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2021/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Le COPIL du projet a recommandé de ne plus réaliser cette étude compte tenu de l'état d'avancement du projet ]
History
Réaliser le diagnostic rapide dans le cas où le COPIL le décide
[Added: 2021/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2022/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Le COPIL du projet a recommandé de ne plus réaliser cette étude compte tenu de l'état d'avancement du projet ]
History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6 : Extend the project duration to October 30, 2023 to fill the gaps in carrying out activities, depending on available budget resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation accepted. The extension request process will be initiated.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Submission of the proposal for the validation of UNDP (National and regional)
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2021/12 Completed Demande d’extension envoyé au GEF, en attente de réponse. History
6.3 Submission of the proposal to GEF
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2022/01 Completed Demande d’extension envoyé au GEF, en attente de réponse. History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: Establish an Annual Work P lan with a specific strategy for developing a national sustainable development plan that fully integrates the obligations of the Rio Convention (Indicator 7) with a clear and consensual action plan.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation accepted. The development of a concept note for a concerted process of developing the national SDG strategy integrating the Rio conventions is underway.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Development of the concept note
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU 2022/12 Completed Concept note élaborée et validée par le GTT History
Development of the SDG National Strategy
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU 2022/12 Completed Stratégie validée par le GTT (Groupe de travail technique) History
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8 : Quantify the objectives to be achieved in order to facilitate an objective assessment of the effectiveness or even the sustainability of the results obtained at the end of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation not accepted. It is specified in the PIR system.

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9 : Diversify participation in setting up the environmental information system by involving all public and private stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation accepted : Extend the exchange and consultation groups for all the activities of the different components

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Incorporate as a principle in each consultant’s TOR a large consultation approach.
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU 2022/12 Completed Principe intégré dans les termes de référence des différents consultants recrutés pour les activités d'assisntace technique. History
10. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 10 : Speed up the payment process for consultant services and participants in activities, given that the slow and delayed payments for delivered services discourage partnership and undermine enthusiasm and even attendance

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12]

partially accepted : The late payments were mainly due to various factors which have in some extend already been restored : Absence of the administrative assistant, latency period following the absence of the coordinator and the COVID-19 pandemic, which did not allow to validate the deliverables of the consultants on time. 

 

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 11 : By accelerating awareness process and cascade animation, carry out relevant and priority activities closely linked to the ultimate objectives of the Rio conventions and to the results, particularly the contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, the fight against land degradation and the loss of natural fauna and flora resources; accelerate their completion within time limits.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2021/08/12]

Recommandation accepted; Those activities will be developed in mobilizing partnership with other partners and projects, as there is no specific section to which these types of activities can be attributed within the project. 

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Implementation of the community environmental initiative and sensitization with the women associations of Itasy project, financed in partnership with UNDP Post-COVID project
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2022/11 Overdue-Initiated History
11.2 Identification and implementation of projects in synergy with Kobaby (AFD) and PAGE (GIZ) projects on integrated Rio convention community initiatives that have impact on the population’s livelihood improvement.
[Added: 2021/08/12] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU 2023/10 Initiated Signature du contrat avec KOBABY effectuée. Les actions de partage et de renforcement des bonnes pratiques sur l'intégration des conventions de RIO dans la gouvernance locale (renforement des sytèmes d'information, gouvernance environnementale...), notamment s'agissant de la protection des aires protégées History
12. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 12 : Strengthen the professional capacities of stakeholders, including the project team, on the process of integrating multilateral environmental agreements in general and the Rio conventions in particular

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/02]

The management accept the recommandation. Various capacity building workshops on these subjects are planned and the project team benefits from them.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1 Training of environmental law enforcement officers on the Rio conventions and sustainable development
[Added: 2021/12/02] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2022/11 Overdue-Initiated History
12.3 Training and planning session with the extended Technical working group of the project on Rio conventions Integration and sustainable development.
[Added: 2021/12/02] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
PCU 2022/11 Overdue-Initiated History
12.2 Training and reflection sessions on Rio conventions integration and sustainable development, on behalf of the executives of the General Directorate of Sustainable Development, within the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development.
[Added: 2021/12/02]
PCU 2021/08 Completed Journée bloquée de réflexion de la Direction Générale du développement durable organisée le 30 juillet à Antsirabe
13. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 13 :  Promote the expertise of the national focal points of three Rio conventions

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/02]

The Management accepts the recommednation : The national focal points are involved as part of resource persons for training and the development of communication and awareness tools.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1 Organize a consultation workshop to discuss how to proceed in order to strengthen the involvement of NFPs in the implementation of the project
[Added: 2021/12/02] [Last Updated: 2022/11/07]
PCU 2022/12 Completed Une réunion avec les points focaux nationaux a eu lieu et des décisions ont été prises pour mieux les intégrer : un groupe whatsapp a été créé par le projet pour informer et impliquer ces points focaux et pour pouvoir partager les commentaires par rapport aux différents documents History

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