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Building Capacity & Mainstream
Commissioning Unit: Bhutan
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2013
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2009
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bhutan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Pilot Projects to demonstrate effective application of land degradation prevention approaches
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/21]

Willingness to adapt SLM practices which will yield long-term benefits remains challenging for farmers with short-term livelihood needs, particularly those with small holdings.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Gewog Planning Teams will seek opportunities for enhancing farm and non-farm income generation activities during the Chiwog work planning exercises, in particular in the scaling-up gewogs.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/06/17]
PMT (NSSC and Districts) 2009/12 Completed The activities under UNDP-GEF/SLM has been completed, however the activities are being up-scaled to other gewogs through the on-going WB-GEF/SLMP.
2. Recommendation: Mainstreaming of practices for protection against land degradation
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/21]

The focus in the remaining period of the project would be on mainstreaming and extension of SLM lessons from the field - this would entail a more systematic documentation and dissemination of participatory SLM action planning and natural resource mapping processes in the field, as well as best practices, technologies and experiences from the field.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will further support the documentation and dissemination of methodologies of participatory planning and mapping that have been tested and refined in the field, as well as other relevant learning experiences and best practice in SLM.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/06/17]
PMT (NSSC) 2010/06 Completed Lessons on initial SLM interventions have been completed; Version 1.0 of Dynamic Information Framework for Bhutan launched. http://www.drukdif.ocean.washington.edu/
The project will support the development and testing of methodologies and tools for linking SLM planning at the Gewog level to Dzongkhag level area-based planning. This would require close collaboration with relevant stakeholders including GNHC, PPD/MoA, local governance and Dzongkhag administration.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2012/04/16]
PMT, MoA (PPD), GNHC 2011/12 Completed Application of Environment, Climate Change and Poverty Mainstreaming in respective sectors completed as on 16 June 2010 through the UNDP/UNEP PEI and Denmark's Joint Support Programme. Participatory village level planning process developed through SLM Project into the Local Development Planning Manual.
3. Recommendation: Policy support and guidance for mainstreaming land degradation prevention practices
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/21]

While, some efforts have already been made to support the mainstreaming of SLM practices in national and sector policies and programs, it is anticipated that this component would take more significance in the remaining period of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
It was agreed that PMT/MoA will continue to entertain thematic proposals at the national and dzongkhag levels, and encourage proponents to submit proposals that are either aimed at replication of SLM or contribute to improved understanding of natural resources management issues.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/06/17]
PMT (NSSC) 2010/06 Completed Proposals have been received and reviewed by PMT together with MTAC. This is a part of the WB/GEF FSP (SLMP)
The mission emphasized the need to initiate studies on farm economics to get a better understanding of incentives that drive farmer decisions regarding the use of their lands.
[Added: 2010/01/21]
PMT (NSSC) 2010/06 Completed PMT initiated a study on the benefits of SLM interventions from the pilot sites.
4. Recommendation: National level support for coordination of implementation of land degradation prevention practices
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/21]

The Multi-Sectoral Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) that was formed during the project preparation phase continues to provide advisory and technical support to the project as well as, serves as a joint committee for both SLMP project and UNDP?s medium sized project for improving capacity for SLM, thus enabling effective coordination of SLM interventions between the two projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PMT, in consultation with PPD/MoA will reach agreement on modalities for improving collaboration with EUSPS (Component 2), including specific activities for joint action and support.
[Added: 2010/01/21]
PMT (NSSC) 2010/12 Completed
5. Recommendation: Institutional Arrangements
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/21]

While, institutional arrangements seem adequate at this juncture, it is important to review if additional support is needed at the PMT level, as the intensity and scope of activities are expected to substantially increase from henceforth. A more comprehensive assessment is needed to determine long-term training and specialized skills training requirements.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MTAC members have agreed to visit pilot gewog sites to review progress and impact, and provide guidance and advise to MoA for extension and up-scaling of SLM approaches, in particular advise on capacity and training needs, and opportunities for mainstreaming SLM.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/06/17]
MTAC with PMT 2010/06 Completed This is being undertaken through the WB/GEF SLMP.
PMT/MoA has agreed to undertake a training needs assessment to determine long-term and specialized training needs for SLM up-scaling and mainstreaming, which will be reviewed by MTAC, and then form the basis for future project support for such training.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/06/17]
PMT with MoA 2009/12 Completed Capacity Needs Assessment for SLM mainstreaming has been also undertaken through the Joint Support Program as of June 2010.
6. Recommendation: Social and Environmental Aspects
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/21]

Gewog SLM Planning Teams (GSPTs) have been formed in each gewog. GSPTs have encouraged participation from both women and more vulnerable sections of the community. In addition to the use of a number of tools, including opportunity/problem analysis, to rank interventions against community established criteria, a social and environmental screening was undertaken to assess in any of the proposed interventions would have a negative impact on the livelihood resources of vulnerable households or the environment. Formats have been developed and tested for screening of environmental and social impacts of proposed investments.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Given the rich qualitative and quantitative data available, there is a need to synthesize and present the data in a consolidated and simplified format. The PMT will prepare At-a-Glance overviews of each chiwog (Sub-block). These overviews will be posted in the respective chiwogs.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/12/29]
PMT(NSSC) 2010/12 Completed These are updated on a regular basis and will continue through WB/GEF SLMP.
The PMT and GSPTs will explore the possibility of providing non-formal education and/or vocational training opportunities to enable illiterate and vulnerable community members to increase their livelihood and income generation options.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/12/29]
PMT/GSPTs 2010/12 Completed These are being discussed at the annual review as part of recommendation from the GSPTs, and will continue during the WB/GEF SLMP and beyond through the regular RGoB programs.
GSPTs will seek opportunities for enhancing farm and non-farm income generation activities during the chiwog annual planning exercises, particularly in the scaling-up gewogs (Block). Where such opportunities exist, the GSPTs will seek to link such efforts with existing programs and markets, packaging short-term interventions with longer-term SLM activities.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/12/29]
PMT/GSPTs 2010/12 Completed These are being discussed at the annual review as part of recommendation from the GSPTs.
7. Recommendation: Monitoring and Evaluation
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/21]

Participatory monitoring and evaluation frameworks have been developed and implemented. The participatory monitoring and evaluation framework for the project (with 24 indicators) provides a valuable tool to measure the long term impact of the project. Some opportunities exist for further tightening of monitoring information.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In terms of the government contribution to the project, all forms of in-kind and cash contributions will be captured, including staff time, monetized value of proportion of contribution to the project in terms of office support, office space, equipment and maintenance, etc.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/06/17]
PMT(NSSC) 2009/12 Completed Reflected in the PIR of 2009 submitted in June 2009. This has been also reflected in the PIR of 2010 for the UNDP/GEF MSP.
PMT/MoA will discuss with GNHC and ensure that SLMP outcome indicators are captured in PLaMS.
[Added: 2010/01/21] [Last Updated: 2010/06/17]
PMT/MoA 2010/06 Completed PlaMS is being integrated into the NMES to include PEMS & MYRB. Activities under AWP 2010 for the UNDP/GEF MSP have been integrated into the PlaMS with indicators, targets and baselines.

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