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PIMS 1636 BD MSP: Agrobiodiversity (Recovery, Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Georgia's Agrobiodiversity)
Commissioning Unit: Georgia
Evaluation Plan: 2007-2008
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 02/2009
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Georgia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: The Project revisits the LFM according to the draft LFM prepared during this MTE (Annex 8) and prepares/updates Outcomes, Indicators and Targets focused upon the achieving the GEF Objective according to the draft logical hierarchy below . Objective: Conservation & sustainable utilisation of threatened local plant genetic resources important to food & agriculture in Georgia within a production landscape. Outcome 1: Intra & inter specific diversity of crops & wild relatives conserved in Samtskhe-Javakheti region or at local level. Outcome 2: Land races & wild relatives products contribute to local food security & market value chain strengthened & sustained. Outcome 3: Learning, evaluation & adaptive management increased. The Implementing and Executing Agencies should revisit the Annual Work Plan and ensure that it is coherent with the revised LFM/results and resources framework. This exercise should examine remaining budgets to determine if funds can be utilised against the revised LFM/results and resources framework.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/11]

Updated logframe will be prepared based on recommendations, shared with UNDP and project steering committee and approved. Similarly, annual work plan will be updated and made consistent with the new logical framework.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Update Logframe and revise annual work plan
[Added: 2008/02/11] [Last Updated: 2008/04/18]
ELKANA implementing agency, UNDP, project steering committee 2008/03 Completed
2. Recommendation: The project strengthens the conservation management aspects of the project as it relates to conservation of CWR and land races that currently have no subsistence or commercial value. This should be achieved by engaging a substantive Technical Assistance (TA) to build the capacity within the Executing Agency and its partners. The project should also engage with substantive partner organisations rather than attempt to build this capacity within ELKANA itself . The TA will, inter alia, provide:  A specific methodology on how to proceed with the conservation of CWR  Provide training to develop a conservation strategy for Georgian CWR  Provide training to develop the capacity for eco-geographic surveys and identify critical sites for genetic reserves  Assess the effectiveness of current activities in conserving LR on the demonstration farm highlighting best practices and risks  Develop a generalised methodology for both land races and CWR through a series of workshops and field visits
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/11]

The project will revise AWP to include TA costs and recruit international advisor. In addition, partnership with Orchis, local NGO will be continued

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise AWP to include TA costs and recruit international advisor. In addition, continue partnership with Orchis, local NGO
[Added: 2008/02/11] [Last Updated: 2009/02/09]
ELKANA, project implementing partner in cooperation with UNDP environment progam officer 2008/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: The project facilitates the development of the enabling environment through a programme of workshops and raising awareness of policy-makers about the importance of laws on ABS and IPR.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

The project will conduct workshops for decision-makers and other stakeholders on ABS and IPR and for this allocate a budget line in the annual project budget.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct a number of workshops on importance of laws on ABS and IPR
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2011/12/29]
ELKANA implementing agency, UNDP, project steering committee 2009/03 Completed Done.
4. Recommendation: The Executing Agency makes necessary changes to the project and applies for a budget-neutral extension in order to meet the GEF Objective. The MTE recommends that this extension should be for two years after the present planned project closure date of March 2009. The GEF investment should therefore continue until March 2010.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

ELKANA in agreement with UNDP will revisit the project budget and work plan and check whether or not no cost extention of project activities until the March 2010 is possible.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Make a no-cost extention of the project, pending on the availablity of funds
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2009/02/09]
ELKANA implementing agency, UNDP, project steering committee 2008/02 Completed
5. Recommendation: GoG drives the development of supporting policy and legislation by developing the necessary legal instruments to create a favourable enabling environment that protects the economic, social and cultural values of present and future use of agricultural biodiversity and promoting farming systems that conserve biodiversity. UNDP should explore partnership arrangements with other organisations to provide technical expertise. The project's role should be to facilitate this process
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

The project will try to facilitate this process within its budget limits. If it founds it impossible to allocate vudget and other resources for this purpose, it will not go with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
revisit the project budget and see whether or not some saving are made or funds can be reallocated to implement the recommendation. Afterwards, agree with UNDP on the planned change and start facilitation of change of the enabling environment
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2011/12/29]
Elkana in agreement with UNDP 2008/12 No Longer Applicable The project revisited the project budget and found it infeasible to allocate money for implementation of a given recommendation
6. Recommendation: The project through the UNDP-GEF develops links with other organisations involved in agrobiodiversity conservation (e.g. ICARDA in Syria and Rome) and other GEF projects (e.g. Conservation and Sustainable use of Dryland Agrobiodiversity of the Fertile Crescent). Specific ToR should be given to the Technical Assistance for Conservation of CWR to identify and develop these links.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

Ths will be done through TA assistance

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate the requirement into the ToR of international consultant; monitor implementation of the recommendation by TA consultant
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2009/02/09]
ELKANA in agreement with UNDP Georgia 2008/12 Completed
7. Recommendation: - Project undertakes an investigation into land races of vegetables as identified by the Study of field crop wild relatives in Samtskhe-Javakheti and includes the conservation of wild relatives of vegetables in the overall programme. - Project includes land races of vegetables within the overall programme.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

The project will fully incorporate this recommendation into the project activities and will allocate resources for this purpose

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- revise logframe and annual work plan to reflect this recommendation; - outsource the study on WRC - supervise the work on WRC
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2009/02/09]
ELKANA in agreement with UNDP Georgia No due date No deadline established
8. Recommendation: The project continues to work with and strengthen the Farmers Association Farezi while ensuring that there is sufficient flexibility to allow for a diversity of community interest groups (e.g. women's groups, family arrangements, etc.) to develop under, and within the one Association.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

The project will continue cooperating with local farmers associations

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue cooperation with local farmers associations
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2009/02/09]
Elkana No due date No deadline established This action will be implemented during the entire project period
9. Recommendation: - The project works closely with the local government of Samtskhe-Javakheti to develop a regional identity and marketing strategy linked to local development objectives. - The project should seek to form the linkages between local government and private sector companies such as "Begeli" to develop this regional "brand" for the land races. For instance packaging could include statements such as "Natural Produce of Samtskhe-Javakheti Region" so that the products can be clearly identified. -The Project through its close links with the Ministry of Agriculture and Economic Development should encourage the Ministry to endorse the regional branding and "natural produce" approach.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

The project will incorporate this recommendation into its annual work plans

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include development of regional brands into the work plan; implement the activity
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2013/01/24]
Elana in cooperation with the Ministries of Agriculture and local governments 2009/12 Completed This activity will be conducted during the remaining project period
10. Recommendation: Project facilitates development of enabling environment and protects databases (with law on IPR).
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

Project will facilitate the awareness raising on IPR through the workshops. This recommendation is taken into consideration only partly

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-Include workshops on IPR into the work plan and revised logframe; -Agree on revised budget and work plan with project steering committee and UNDP; -Implement the activities
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2013/01/24]
Elkana in cooperation with UNDP Georgia and PSC 2009/12 Completed
11. Recommendation: - The project should reconsider the commitment to replicate project successes in other regions within the lifetime of this project . The task of "rolling-out" the programme to other regions is a long-term undertaking and will place considerable pressures on the project's already limited resources. Consolidate the successes of the project so far and strengthen the areas that are currently under performing. The concept and approach is basically sound and as it becomes demonstrably beneficial to promote land races within the farming systems, adoption of the techniques and approach will be "organic ". - The project should place greater emphasis on ensuring that there is a coherent approach at the regional level. This could be achieved by embedding the philosophy at the regional government level through planning procedures, for instance developing a regional strategy on organic agriculture and promoting the use of distinct regional land races while incorporating this into a marketing strategy (guidelines for future regional development, regional products and identity, agricultural tourism, mechanisms to capture the values of IP and future use at the regional level, etc.).
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

The project partly disagrees on this recommendation and will continue to replicate the project successess to other regions without using project resources, but the ELKANA's regular program resources. At the same time, the project will work on the development og regional marketing/branding strategy closely with the local government

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include regional marketing strategy development into the work plan; allocate resources for this and implement the action
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2011/12/29]
Elkana in cooperation with UNDP, PSC, Ministry of Agriculture and the local government 2009/12 Completed
12. Recommendation: CONDITIONS TO BE MET FOR AN EXTENSION The following conditions are necessary if the Project is to be granted an extension. These represent the minimum requirements of the Project. These should be regarded as triggers that will automatically ensure that the Project is reoriented in order to meet the GEF Objective and a budget-neutral extension is granted to the project. Therefore, disbursement of funds should be linked to the verification of these triggers. # 1 The project engages substantive technical assistance to build the capacity of the project and project partners in developing the in situ and technical aspects of agricultural biodiversity conservation. Means of verification - MTE to develop Terms of Reference, engagement of TA, GEF Regional Coordinator to verify. # 2 The Project engages with substantive partners to explore ways in which the areas of biodiversity conservation that do not fall within the core remit of ELKANA, namely, the in situ conservation of wild relatives and the development of a systemic approach to biodiversity conservation in the region can be addressed with consideration to the resources available to the project. Means of verification - Memorandum of Understanding on future collaboration in agrobiodiversity conservation signed with project partners, UNDP CO to verify. # 3 The Project, under the guidance of the UNDP CO and in collaboration with the project partners, produces a full project log frame matrix according to the revised Outcomes. Means of verification - MTE develops draft LFM, Project log frame matrix, GEF Regional Coordinator to verify.
Management Response: [Added: 2008/02/21]

All this will be taken into consideration and the project will exend the project duration based on available resources. However, if there are limited resources avaliable then the project will limit the scope of changes suggested by the evaluator in terms of going beyond the core remit of ELKANA and the initial design and the scope of the project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Revise project logframe; - Revise project budget and the work plan; - Aree with project partners on the revision; - Implement project changes
[Added: 2008/02/21] [Last Updated: 2011/12/29]
ELKANA in cooperation with UNDP, PSC and other partners 2009/12 No Longer Applicable This activity will be conducted during the remaining project period. However, actions 1 and 2 have already been completed and the project management in agreement with PSC and UNDP has decided to extend its duration until the end of 2009

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