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Enabling transboundary cooperation and integrated water resources management in the extended Drin River Basin (PIMS 4482)
Commissioning Unit: Albania
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Albania
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Efforts should be continued to establish, wherever possible, the Inter-Ministerial Committees (IMC). This should include a proper mandate, composition and legal background. This will increase their decision-making power and contribute to better transboundary management from the national perspective. The project should assist in establishment of the IMCs.

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

Partially Accept. There are IMCs in all Project beneficiaries, making use of already existing inter-ministerial bodies. The Drin Riparians should continue using these to coordinate at Riparian level the implementation of the regionally agreed actions/actions at the basin level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 The Drin Core Group (that served as the steering committee of the project)
[Added: 2021/12/08]
Drin Core Group 2027/12 Initiated During the Drini Strategic Action Plan (SAP) implementation (01.08.2021-31.12.2027) History
2. 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: 2021/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/12/08]

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
2.1 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: 2021/12/08]
UNDP and implementing partners 2022/12 Not Initiated
3. 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: 2021/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/12/08]

 Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Project implementation team follows-up with the partners to determine an accurate level of co-financing committed to the project.
[Added: 2021/12/08]
UNDP and implementing partners 2027/12 Not Initiated
4. 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: 2021/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/12/08]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Include an clearly elaborated exit strategy in future Projects’ design.
[Added: 2021/12/08]
UNDP and implementing partners 2022/12 Not Initiated
5. 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: 2021/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/12/08]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 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: 2021/12/08]
UNDP and implementing partners 2022/12 Not Initiated
6. 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: 2021/12/08] [Last Updated: 2021/12/08]

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 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: 2021/12/08]
UNDP and implementing partners 2022/12 Not Initiated
7. 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: 2021/12/08]

Partially Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 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: 2021/12/08]
UNDP and implementing partners 2022/12 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

During the implementation of the project, every effort should be made to maintain the institutional continuity and to avoid frequent changes in participation at country level, as the opposite can significantly reduce the pace of the project implementation.

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

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Countries continue having as appointed members in the Drin Core Group representatives of institutions described in the Drin MoU
[Added: 2021/12/08]
Drin Riparians 2027/12 Initiated During the SAP implementation (December 2027)
9. Recommendation:

More efforts should be made to secure steady and, if possible, in cash financial provision by the participating countries, in particular for the implementation of SAP proposals

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

Fully Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 The Drin Core Group discuss options for the steady and, if possible, in cash financial provision of the Drin Riparians, in particular for the implementation of SAP proposals.
[Added: 2021/12/08]
Drin Riparians 2027/12 Not Initiated During the SAP implementation (December 2027)

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