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PIMS 2091BD MSP: Con Dao Project Mid-Term Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Viet Nam
Evaluation Plan: 2006-2011
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2009
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Viet Nam
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: The policy objectives of NEX are contingent on building up the technical and managerial capabilities of GOV for assuming responsibilities within the Con Dao project. This approach requires the development of a close partnership and cooperation between UNDP and GOV, and requires the support of the UNDP Country Office. (p.13)
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

As noted by the MTE this approach appears to be working for the project and it is anticipated that by the conclusion of the project these capabilities will be more fully developed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The training and capacity building programme is continuing, largely through the WWF sub-contract but also through hands-on involvement of stakeholders in activities such as development of sustainable financing mechanisms. CDNP staff are actively involved (in some cases sub-contracted) to undertake project activities for hands-on capacity building.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU, WWF (sub-contract activities) 2010/01 Completed MTE notes that the NEX modality has provided a useful framework as it helps builds strong partnerships, and strengthens capacity. MTE also notes that a supportive approach from UNDP Programme Officer (PO) was evident.
As of end 2009, technical and managerial capabilities for Con Dao National park's staff has been significantly enhanced. Lots of training and on-the job training have been provided to the Park's staff.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/12 Completed
2. Recommendation: The role of WWF is as an implementer of project activities and as a technical advisor for some project components. This is an atypical role for WWF to assume. WWF more usually assumes the lead role, and also provides technical inputs. WWF leads with DANIDA-funded activities. (p.20)
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

MTE suggests a WWF representative to be formally part of the PMU to improve intra-project communication and planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
WWF has attempted to hire national staff for secondment to the project site to work closely with the PMU, but no-one has been found with the appropriate qualifications who is willing to be based in this remote location. No further action will be taken - the project is in any case now nearing completion.
[Added: 2009/02/09]
2009/02 Completed
3. Recommendation: While large numbers of stakeholders are engaged by the project, including significant numbers of women, the fishing households were not represented on the CCG and as a consequence felt that their voice was not being heard by the PMU. The village leaders, represented on the CCG, were not seen by the fishing households as carrying their needs to the PMU. (p.18-19)
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

Fishing households have been consulted directly on a number of occasions (e.g. in regard to the Conservation Convention, MPA zoning, AIGs, etc). It is apparent that this consultation, largely by WWF, was not equated with the PMU. The perceived lack of communication by village representatives on the PMU is noted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The composition of the CCG cannot easily be changed since it has official approval and standing with the PC. However, consultations will continue with fishing households directly, especially in regard to AIGs, and CCG will be asked to specifically attend to the needs of all constituents.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU, WWF (sub-contract activities), CCG 2010/01 Completed
This has been discussed with PMU, and fishing households were invited to CCG meetings and consultation workshops.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/10 Completed
4. Recommendation: The evaluation did not identify any formal mechanisms in place for national learning. MTE recommended making key project information available on the CDNP Website, and UNDP/GOV hosting a learning workshop at the conclusion of the project with the outcomes written up into a learning document and shared with decision makers. (p.20)
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

PMU agrees. The possibility of a final workshop will be discussed between project and PO.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The re-vamping of the CDNP website is on-going. Several information briefs have been prepared by STA/PMU for posting on the UNDP website.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU, STA (leading on preparation of Information briefs) 2010/01 Completed Information briefs already prepared for posting on UNDP website (at request of PO) were seemingly missed by the MTE.
Project website has been revamped and all publications by project have been uploaded.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/11 Completed
5. Recommendation: The evaluation team were of the opinion that M&E of the project was adequate despite the planned M&E framework being unfinished. (p.25)
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

The M&E system for the CDNP was unfinished at the time of the MTE. The M&E system of the project is operating according to UNDP requirements, with supplementary milestones added and reported against.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project M&E continues as required.
[Added: 2009/02/09]
PMU 2009/02 Completed
6. Recommendation: To improve co-ordination a workshop should be convened by the Government/ BR-VT PPC/ PMU, with participation of all possible parties, including donors and key partner stakeholders.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

PMU agrees

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A workshop has been planned parallel with the development of a new Socio-economic development Master Plan by GOV aimed at achieving a shared vision for the development of the archipelago. This has proven difficult to organise but the PMU persists.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU 2010/01 Completed Other items noted by MTE here (p.37) are considered in the 2009 AWP.
PMU has been trying to pursue this woprkshop idea, but get reluctant from the Provincial authority. Instead, project actively participated in and provided information to the authorities at various workshops and forums organised by provincial authorities.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/11 Completed
7. Recommendation: Give high priority to the establishment of sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation of Con Dao.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

This has been prioritised during the second half of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A format and TORs for a sustainable financing study has been agreed. A stakeholder working group has been established. Consultants have been hired and commence work in mid-February.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU / WWF (sub-contractor) 2010/01 Completed Notes of MTE taken into account in preparation of format and TORs.
The sustainable financing study has been completed with incorporation of comments from all stakeholders.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/10 Completed
8. Recommendation: The feasibility study of the Conservation Trust Fund should explore the possibility of the provision of support to the fishing community in the form of a small credit fund that is administered locally and sustainably to support alternative income generation (AIG) for fishing households.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

PMU agrees.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This will be examined within the Trust Fund development mechanism. AIG funds remaining in the project budget at project termination may (with UNDP approval) be used to establish this fund).
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU 2010/01 Completed
A Biodiversity Conservation Trust Fund has been established and approved by Provincial Authority.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
WWF/PMU 2009/11 Completed
9. Recommendation: The fishing community should be a direct beneficiary from marine protection and eco tourism development. This must be realistic and practical for their participation.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

This will be addressed as part of the exploration of sustainable financing mechanisms (see above).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This will be addressed as part of the exploration of sustainable financing mechanisms (see above).
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU 2010/01 Completed It is recognised by all stakeholders that the inshore fishing community is a key threat to the MPA and needs to be engaged in conservation activities.
A representative of fishing households is in the management board of the Conservation Fund.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/11 Completed
10. Recommendation: AIG should be based on the actual expressed needs of the fishers, and ensure a diversity of options to minimise risk and enhance the possibility of success.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

There have been very extensive studies of AIG options, including direct consultation with beneficiary fishing households. However, PMU notes a need for further options to be developed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
AIG options continue to be explored.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
WWF (lead, with DANIDA funding), PMU 2010/01 Completed WWF feels strongly that many requested AIG options are actually not economically feasible (based on lessons learned from other MPAs) and thus continue to search for viable options.
All recommendations expressed by the fishers were considered into selection and designing AIG activities.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
WWF/PMU 2009/10 Completed
11. Recommendation: In contracting technical consultants the TORs should include a requirement to engage in local capacity building when on mission with CNDP and PMU. In planning for training courses there should be early consultation on design, content, target trainee, training evaluation and post evaluation follow-up and duration. Ideally training should include some practical experiential learning opportunities.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

PMU agrees. Consultant TORs have been critically examined in this respect, and training plans developed by the sub-contractor are subject to review by PMU and CDNP prior to delivery.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CDNP staff will continue to be involved in many project activities and several are employed part-time by the project in technical capacities (reinforcing learning). Multiple stakeholders are involved in such key activities as AIG and development of a sustainable financing mechanism.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU 2010/01 Completed
Capacity building element has been included in the TORs of consulting services. Early consultations for training have been made with inclusion of practical experiential learning in the fields.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
WWF/PMU 2009/11 Completed
12. Recommendation: Urgent support and focus be given to demarcation of the MPA.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

PMU has prioritised these activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Participatory MPA zoning has taken place and required actions for demarcating the zones planned and budgeted for 2009.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU 2010/01 Completed
Demarcation of the MPA has been completed with mooring buoys system.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/11 Completed
13. Recommendation: CDNP staff need to be functionally equipped and empowered as a rapid response team. Fisherman should be enlisted to assist with enforcement of the CDNP MPAs.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

Needs assessment and training has been delivered; some equipment has been provided as allowed by the project budget. Fishermen have committed to the Conservation Convention but there are no plans or budget for active engagement as supplementary rangers.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
All planned project actions have been carried out already. Field enforcement activities (by rangers and Dept. Of Fisheries staff) are budgeted as a GOV contribution to the project and no further project funds are allocated for this.
[Added: 2009/02/09]
Govt 2009/02 Completed A critical constraint on enforcement is that CDNP still requires a rapid response boat; GOV or other donor funds will need to be sought for this.
14. Recommendation: The project website should upload all the project technical reports and other relevant material for disseminating project outputs, and thereby improving access to key information and reducing the chance of overlap in technical information.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

PMU agrees. (See also under Issues.)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This is scheduled to take place once the website is re-vamped.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU 2010/01 Completed
All technical reports and relevant materials have been uploaded on the Project and Con Dao national park websites.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/11 Completed
15. Recommendation: The Project should ensure institutionalisation of best practise of MPA design and management for the legal framework in Vietnam at the completion of the project. This should occur in the policy formulation in the administrative system at National Provincial and District levels.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

This recommendation is outside the scope of the project, but is likely to occur through WWF involvement and CO advocacy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation is outside the scope of the project, but is likely to occur through WWF involvement and CO advocacy.
[Added: 2009/02/09]
WWF 2009/02 Completed WWF is highly active in the development of MPA legislature and policy in Vietnam and is already applying lessons learned from the project.
16. Recommendation: Ecotourism services should be functionally separated from conservation management
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

This is a matter for CDNP/PPC to decide. However, cost efficient options have been explored within the Tourism Strategic Orientation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
GOV is proceeding with the establishment of a Tourism Centre as a unit of the CDNP, which will manage ecotourism operations within the NP as well as environmental education activities, etc.
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
GOV, PMU 2010/01 Completed Further guidance on ecotourism activities and services will be provided by the pending Ecotourism Master Plan and subsequent ecotourism investment planning.
Ecotourism Master Plan was completed and Tourism Centre was also completed.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/11 Completed
17. Recommendation: An exit strategy is needed.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/09]

PMU agrees.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Financial sustainability will be assisted through the Conservation Trust Fund. Organisational sustainability will be assisted through establishment of the Tourism Centre (GOV activity). Social sustainability will be assisted through continued WWF and donor project involvement (further funding from the DANIDA LMPA project is anticipated).
[Added: 2009/02/09] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
PMU 2010/01 Completed
Two project completion workshops were held with provincial officials and local communities. A list of follow up activities has been prepared including operation and management of the Conservation Trust Fund. Con Dao NP Management will continue doing the follow up work.
[Added: 2009/12/01]
PMU 2009/11 Completed

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