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Final Evaluation of the Lake Tanganyika Integrated Management Programme
Commissioning Unit: Zambia
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 08/2012
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Zambia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: UNDP should obtain the concurrence of the GEF for an extension to the project, at no additional cost to the GEF, to enable the orderly handing over of the Revolving Fund to the ZNFU. The handing over process should enshrine an agreement that the fund will only be used to further the objectives of the project namely, the reduction of sediment load in the rivers flowing into the Lake.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/29] [Last Updated: 2013/07/26]

Agreed, concurrence has already been received from GEF for the extension of the project without additional GEF funds to March 2012. Further, the agreement signed with the ZNFU has included an eligibility criteria which require activities to be funded to further the goals of the project, in particular, reducing sedimentation levels in the inflowing rivers of lake Tanganyika.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 To extend the project duration for at least six months for orderly handing over of the Revolving Fund to the ZNFU.
[Added: 2013/07/26]
(a) Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (b) UNDP - Environment and Energy (EE) Unit. 2012/10 Completed The cost-free extension was granted and the revolving fund was successfully transferred to the ZNFU. The project was extended to June 2013 and not to July 2013. The Govt has requested for a no-cost extension to December to enable completion of the value addition centre and the remaining components are now funded using trac (core) resources.
1.2 To finalise arrangements for formal transfer of the revolving fund to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) from the project, following the signing in May 2012 of the Cooperation Agreement between ZNFU and UNDP (at the request Government).
[Added: 2013/07/26]
UNDP - Environment and Energy (EE) Unit. 2012/12 Completed The scheme was transferred in June 2012.Under the ZNFU, actual implementation of the scheme at community level started on 1st October 2012.
2. Recommendation: The Department of Water Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock should collaborate to formulate a joint proposal for a project which will research and monitor the comparative effectiveness of various land use practices to reduce sedimentation. The investigations should also cover the effectiveness of riparian buffer strips, planted and allowed to mature naturally. UNDP could advise on an appropriate source of funding support.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/07/26] [Last Updated: 2013/07/26]

Noted, the UNDP Zambia Country Office will work with the relevant government agencies involved in the project to draw up an exit strategy that will also include post project period collaboration to further the goals of the project. This will also explore the possibility for replication of project activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 To produce a concept paper to highlight: (a) the potential for collaboration between the two government Departments of Agriculture and Water Affairs and (b) Recommend steps to be taken towards the realisation of the collaborative work to address sediment loads already in the streams and rivers.
[Added: 2013/07/26]
Department of Environment and Natural Resources in collaboration with UNDP- EE Unit. 2012/12 Completed Monitoring the water quality: discussions with the Water Affairs Department have been held; they have agreed to continue with this activity and they will budget for it in the next year?s budget. Further the Water Affairs Department is one of the beneficiary institution for the $230m water and sanitation programme commencing next year supported by the USA- Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The Department will benefit from water quality monitoring equipment and staff training.
3. Recommendation: UNDP should assist the government to search for a solution to the charcoal conundrum involving an alternative source of energy, preferably a renewable one. This could be the subject of a GEF project.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/07/26] [Last Updated: 2013/07/26]

Deforestation for charcoal production is recognized widely as a serious problem which must be addressed if erosion and sedimentation are to be prevented. Simply legislating against tree cutting for charcoal production is not going to solve the problem because charcoal is often the only source of cooking fuel available to local communities. UNDP will support the government to develop a project concept note for promoting sustainable alternative sources of energy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Develop a project concept note for a project aimed at promoting sustainable alternative sources of energy in the Lake Tanganyika Basin
[Added: 2013/07/26]
Department of Environment and Natural Resources in collaboration with: a) Department of Energy, b) Department of Forestry, c) UNDP- EE Unit 2013/03 Completed Promoting sustainable alternative energy sources: charcoal production has been identified as one drivers of deforestation (Zambia UNREDD report Drivers of Deforestation, 2012). To address this the Ministry of Energy have requested support from UNDP and Chinese Government to promote renewable energy across the country; the concept note is attached for your information and also to provide some direction as discussed The Project idea is consistent with the Zambian?s planned country-wide programmes under: a) United Nations-promoted initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) which Zambia will implement through the Department of Energy. b) National Action Plan (NAP) in which one the priorities is to promote technologies and investments in alternative sources of energy to increase the number of households using electricity to reduce charcoal and firewood demand - see Sustainable Land Management section, priority #12of NAP 2012.)

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