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Terminal Evaluation of Sustainable Land Management
Commissioning Unit: Bhutan
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2013
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2010
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bhutan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Related to Outcome 1: National Action Programme
Management Response: [Added: 2011/02/06]

Technical draft of NAP was completed in June 2010, with substantive consultations on problem identification and situation analysis at the national, regional and local levels. A separate study identified 12 concepts, which if further developed and funded, would provide a foundation for NAP implementation. The concepts, defined the research questions but the study report did not indicate how the concepts would be translated into proposals.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Some visible policy/institutional changes have occurred since the NAP document was formulated (such as MoA to MoAF). It is recommended, that NAP document should undergo a quick review and if necessary, key sections should be updated before adoption.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2011/08/22]
NSSC/MTAC 2011/06 Completed NAP document was endorsed by teh Cabinet in March 2011.
Building on the results of the IFS, define the priority areas of NAP for financing and start working on potential financing mechanisms and sources (internal, external). Determine measures on how to translate the good research questions formulated in 2010 into full blown concepts.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2012/04/15]
NSSC 2011/12 Completed Recommendations have been implemented with support from the WB/GEF SLMP.
Current UNCCD expectation is for NAPs to be aligned with the UNCCD Ten-Year Strategy (2008-2018). Recommended to develop a matrix showing the linkages between NAP and the UNCCD Strategy and incorporate it as an annex to the NAP.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2012/04/15]
NSSC 2011/12 Completed NAP aligned to UNCCD's strategy and also to RGoB's 10th Plan.
Advocacy of NAP needs to be developed and implemented to take NAP beyond MoAF given that many NAP activities pertain to sectors/agencies outside the MoAF. MoAF should identify agency(ies) to lead the advocacy process together with NSSC since this deals with agencies external to MoAF.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2011/08/22]
NSSC with support of MoAF (PPD) & MTAC. 2011/06 Completed Undertaken as part of the WB/ GEF SLMP.
2. Recommendation: Related to Outcome 2: Capacity Development for SLM
Management Response: [Added: 2011/02/06]

The Project raised interest levels and developed practical skills in Sustainable Land Management (SLM) among government extension staff and local political leaders. It raised institutional capacity for assessing and documenting land resources. It demonstrated low cost SLM best practices.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop an action plan for a) follow-up information support to former training participants b) fine-tuning the training modules for future application and c) support an incentive system for the trainers for long term effectiveness.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2012/04/15]
NSSC/MoAF 2011/12 Completed This has been undertaken as part of the implementation of GEF SLMP/FSP.
Examine and encourage collaboration with training service providers (e.g. College of Natural Resources, Rural Development Training Centre, and UWICE), wherever possible in order to combine pedagogic and technical skills involved in SLM training programs.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2011/08/22]
NSSC/MoAF 2011/12 Completed Integrated SLM curriculum into the Non-Formal Education system.
Accelerate current NSSC plans to collaborate with RNR-RDCs to document the lessons and best practices, provide follow up extension and action research work in the pilot sites. This will ensure that valuable lessons from successful experience are fully captured and used for improving extension delivery systems for more effective up scaling of SLM practices.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2012/04/15]
NSSC/MoAF 2011/12 Completed Undertaken as part of the WB GEF SLMP.
3. Recommendation: SLM Mainstreaming
Management Response: [Added: 2011/02/06]

As the NAP did not make it to the 10th-Five Year Plan, MoAF has proposed to mainstream NAP in the 11th FYP by 2013. 11 Technical studies supported to better understand constraints to SLM mainstreaming in different sectors. NSSC has actively engaged with National Land Commission to incorporate SLM in the National land Policy and Programs Integrated Financing Strategy report provides good benchmark of funding situation but does not provide recommendations on priority actions. NSSC started dialogue with the World Bank on possible support to selected items of NAP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Take stock of how the recommendations of various consulting studies/ assessments supported through the project are being used or plan to be used. Develop the action plan for full utilization of the studies.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2012/04/15]
NSSC 2011/12 Completed
Identify and establish the advocacy working group within MoAF who can provide leadership in SLM advocacy, since this cannot be done alone by NSSC. The PPD/MoAF potentially has an equally important role.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2012/04/15]
NSSC/MOAF 2011/12 Completed Undertaken as part of the WB/GEF SLMP & MoAF 10th Plan initiative.
Monitor and study recent information from GNHCS about the increase in resources being allocated by Geogs for SLM into their local plans and budgets. Concurrently obtain feedback from Geog leaders on gaps that they perceive and how future MoAF support can be improved to support their SLM initiatives. Based on this feedback, share learning to develop NRM oriented local level planning so that this may contribute to the development of better ways to encourage Dzongkhag and Geogs to incorporate SLM in local programs and budgets.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2012/04/15]
NSSC/MoAF 2011/12 Completed Included as the sectoral key result area in the 11th Plan Guideline.
Complete the IFS study by developing recommendations on which actions may be prioritized and provide detailed next steps.
[Added: 2011/02/06] [Last Updated: 2011/08/22]
NSSC/MoAF 2011/06 Completed Undertaken as part of the WB/GEF SLMP.

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