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Terminal Evaluation of the Expanding and Diversifying the National System of Terrestial Protected Areas in the Philippines
Commissioning Unit:Philippines
Evaluation Plan:2012-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date:12/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Philippines
1. Recommendation:

Formulation and designs of these sort of projects should be more realistic, less overly ambitious, and should acknowledge the limitations that implementing such an intervention can have.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24] [Last Updated: 2017/06/27]

As the Project has already ended and can no longer implement the recommendation the Bureau will consider the same in developing projects in the future.

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2. Recommendation:

Progress indicators of implementation and effect incorporated at the design level should also be realistic as a way to guide and gauge whether or not results are being generated, and not set aims so high that are not feasibly reachable within a project.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The recommendation will be considered in the development of new projects in the future by the Bureau.

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3. Recommendation:

Monitoring should be linked to above, using monitoring and evaluation processes to update project implementation as needed with formal changes to log frame or indicators as necessary and with regular reviews to comprise changes and necessary adaptations in view of what is learned throughout the implementation process.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB) agreed with the recommendation and will be implemented in the succeeding projects.

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4. Recommendation:

Formulation and design should include flexibility factors, not be so rigid that the design does not acknowledge local circumstances and the prevailing national and local political and social circumstances.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB) concurred with the recommendation and will be carried out in the implementation of future Projects.

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5. Recommendation:

If projects continue to comprise expectations regarding policy as an effect, then clear strategies that go beyond technical advice should be embedded in the project in order to promote policy adaptation.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB) notes the recommendation.

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6. Recommendation:

In projects that promote innovation, there should be balance between novelty and expected results, acknowledging that innovative projects need time, resources and profound policy changes before results are evident.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB) notes the recommendation

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7. Recommendation:

The participation of key institutions should be clearly stated from the design and formulation levels onward, with specific responsibilities, not being left to unclear notions, and where at all possible including concrete joint work within the sphere of a project.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB) notes the recommendation

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8. Recommendation:

Exit strategy and sustainability factors should be part of the design of a project. This should include a realistic framework for results to continue.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Bureau will consider this recommendation in the implementation of Projects in the future.

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9. Recommendation:

Implementation management should work closely with all partners, respecting their characteristics and local capacities, reinforcing how the accomplishments of this project were made.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The recommendation was already carried out by the Project through working with LRPs, DENR-Regional Offices, concerned NGOs and local communities. The same strategy will be done in future projects such as the Philippine Indigenous Communities Conserved Areas (ICCA) Project.

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10. Recommendation:

Implementation should always work in a joint manner and built partnerships with regional and local authorities, as well as with civil society especially in projects with a very strong site and local component.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

This will be part of the mechanism being put forward in the implementation of similar projects such as the Philippine Indigenous Communities Conserved Areas (ICCA) Project

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11. Recommendation:

A strong emphasis on livelihoods should be embedded in development projects that deal with natural resource management, creating incentives for the communities and their members to incorporate sustainable management practices in their productive patterns and assimilate the benefits of protected areas for their own development while managing resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Project has piloted PES in Mt. Kalatungan and will be rolled out in other areas. The Bureau will consider the recommendation explicitly in the development of new projects in the future and existing Projects such as the Philippine ICCA Project.

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12. Recommendation:

Regular review of the Project logic to account for changes and shifts in socio-political circumstances should be carried out throughout the implementation stage.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Bureau will implement the recommendations in its future projects.

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13. Recommendation:

Knowledge management inputs and outputs should be promoted throughout project implementation stage, promoting learning not only from in-country experiences but also to and from regional experiences and acknowledging that just creating products is a necessary but not sufficient condition for individual/institutional capacity building.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB) notes the recommendation and will be implemented in the upcoming related projects.

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14. Recommendation:

If policy is an expected project outcome then clear strategy for this should be designed and implemented in alliance with relevant stakeholders and partners, going beyond technical assistance to policy makers and increasing policy adoption advocacy.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Bureau agrees with the Terminal Evaluation recommendation and will apply in future projects.

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15. Recommendation:

Other models which were not sufficiently recognized within the project can be explored in the near future, such as for example private protected areas and privately managed protected areas, other models of community-based conservation areas, and in other ecosystems.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Bureau agrees with the recommendation. The BMB currently implements the Critical Habitat Management as other conservation measures outside of NIPAS.

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16. Recommendation:

The group of all produced materials needs to be published and disseminated in a user friendly manner, making sure that materials (tools, publications, manuals, etc.), including those produced by the project but not yet published are printed and / or made available in different formats. A type of knowledge management exercise gathering all materials could also be undertaken in order to gather the materials, identify existing gaps if any, and disseminate the resources. This can also be done to strengthen local and regional capacity acknowledging the different needs for this to happen (for instance, training and capacity building exercises needed)

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Bureau recognizes that some materials developed by the Project have not been reproduced and disseminated effectively. The BMB is working for the reproduction of said information materials through its own initiatives and in collaboration with other similar Projects.

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17. Recommendation:

A comprehensive communication plan should be developed and implemented, taking into account the different target audiences (policy makers, local authorities, non-government organizations, indigenous peoples, the international community interested in the project’s achievements)

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Project participated in the formulation of the BMB comprehensive communication plan targeting different audiences. This is being implemented by BMB continuously.

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18. Recommendation:

If possible within follow up projects, gaps and unmet products and goals should be taken up and generated / implemented (for instance, formulation and implementation of PA business plans; further enhancement of management plans, and updating any management / financial instrument as needed).

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Bureau takes note of the recommendation and being considered in the work plan of the Bureau. Business planning process is part of the lessons learned being considered in the updating of management plans where ICCAs are existing. Initiatives on ICCA are also being included in the National PA System Master Plan being prepared thru the Bureau.

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19. Recommendation:

Policy work should be followed up, trying to secure policy that would provide workable institution and governance sustainability to the achievements attained and articulating / mainstreaming the work already done.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The BMB with the new ICCA Project will be working with legislators for the refilling of the ICCA Bill. Coordination with IPs, NGOs and environmental support groups to hasten the legislation of the bill. This will be part of the activities to be funded by the Philippine ICCA Project. The Bureau is also lobbying for the refilling and passage of E-NIPAS Bill where provisions on ICCA is one of the Bill’s key features.

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20. Recommendation:

Follow up on the financial issues is necessary, upscaling and institutionalization successful pilots (such as PES) and ascertaining that financial support assured and allocated for the new management models is indeed effected.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/10/24]

The Bureau agrees with the TE recommendation. Capacity building on sustainable financing should be undertaken. An example of which is the PES that is being considered under Philippine ICCA Project.

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