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00011514: Linking and Enhancing Protected Areas in the Temperate Broadleaf Forest Ecoregions of Bhutan (LINKPA)
Commissioning Unit: Bhutan
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2013
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2008
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bhutan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation: Institutional issues in NCD
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/07]

MoA has already instituted forum through MoA Annual Conference, Forestry/Park Conference etc. where institutional issues are discussed. MoA also has website and the quarterly forestry newsletter which facilitate researchers to share research reports/topics and exchange learning forum.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. NCD should encourage greater cross PA learning through a. Re-instituting Park/Forestry Conference; b. Re-instituting Forestry News letter
[Added: 2009/02/07] [Last Updated: 2009/12/21]
Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Forests) 2009/01 Completed Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) Conference held from January-May 2009 in different regions of the country. (This will be an annual event organized by the MoA); and Forestry Conference was held in October 2009. In addition, the Druk Forestry Newsletter is published on a quarterly basis.
1.2 Strengthen linkages between parks and NCD a. Specialist at NCD should extend their inputs into park management to strengthen capacity on the ground. b. Build in the position of forest ecologist at NCD.
[Added: 2009/02/07] [Last Updated: 2009/12/21]
Department of Forests 2009/09 Completed Technical support provided by NCD to Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries- in the area of biodiversity assessment, GIS and Conservation management planning
2. Recommendation: Integrated Conservation Development Program Issues in NCD
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/07]

ICDPs in the PA have become a part of conservation initiative and to greater extent in garnering community partnership by linking conservation and development. There is a greater need to strengthen these linkages and assumptions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Need to strengthen linkages between conservation and development. a. NCD should update ICDP guidelines and build in new learning; b. New ICD activity should have an ICD framework or format and formal approval process based on the degree of both conservation and livelihood benefits; c. ICD inputs should tie up with environmental education program as complementary activity. d. Consideration of micro-credit schemes as part of ICD initiative.
[Added: 2009/02/07] [Last Updated: 2009/12/21]
NCD 2009/06 Completed Through UNDP support to the implementation to the Bhutan Human- Wildlife Conflict management strategy in 2009- the key actions that were identified were adequated addressed in the field- ICDP planning process; microcredit schemes integrated as part of the ICDP activities
3. Recommendation: Protected Area M & E Process
Management Response: [Added: 2009/02/07]

M & E was assessed as one of the weakest parts of project design and project management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Greater technical backstopping would have been useful in following project log frame and new indicators which would link to better project M and E
[Added: 2009/02/07] [Last Updated: 2010/12/29]
UNDP 2010/06 Completed ALl projects assisted and implemented through UNDP's support have been assessed following appropriate M&E and logframe- in the process of AWP preparation, progress reporting and mid-year and annual progress review
3.2 UNDP and WWF should have insisted PMT on more learning into ICD at an earlier stage of project implementation cycle to enhance better ICD learning process.
[Added: 2009/02/07] [Last Updated: 2009/12/21]
UNDP, NCD 2009/03 Completed Addressed through the implementation of HWC Manamgenet strategy in 2009

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