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Mid term evaluation - Conservation and Sustainalbe utilization of crops
Commissioning Unit: China
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2011
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: China
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: the focus of project activities over the remaining life of the project should be firmly on ensuring that conservation of WRC is mainstreamed in agricultural production landscapes in eight provinces in China by EOP.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/28]

The project team accepted this recommendation and made a Sustainability Plan to secure the sustainability of the project impacts, which included the organizations (stakeholders) taking over the competencies and achievements built by the project, the tasks of stakeholders that will be in charge and various issues to be focused on during the project implementation.

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2. Recommendation: he project team should engage an international Monitoring and Evaluation expert to provide advice and support in developing SMART indicators for the logframe, and to provide advice on the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. Development of SMART indicators and the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan should also however form a core part of the stakeholder review and planning workshop. Discussion and identification of impact indicators and development of an M&E framework in itself provides a useful focus for key stakeholders to pin point desired impacts and means of assessing achievement of these. This will be a useful capacity building process for stakeholders and the project management teams.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/28]

This is a very useful recommendation for the project achieving more indicated success. UNDP and the PMO/Ministry of Agriculture had a workshop on September 30, 2011 to discuss it and concluded that an international Monitoring and Evaluation expert should be employed immediately. Then the recruit procedure was started with the TOR preparation and consulting with potential applicants. This work was scheduled to be undertaken in December 2011. The PSC annual meeting will be held on 12th December 2011. The PMO will report the MTE findings and recommendations and also give detailed and quantified mid-term evaluation report to all PSC members as recommended by the ET and get feedback from them..

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3. Recommendation: the socio-economic data component of the Monitoring and Alerting System should be revised and streamlined in to relevant categories, for example to measure changes in the: level of biodiversity conservation awareness of key stakeholders; level of stakeholder participation in CWRC activities; economic and social wellbeing of the community; % of community engaged in CWRC-friendly livelihood activities; % of community engaged in livelihood activities that threaten WRC etc. Once the socio-economic data sets have been rationalised and streamlined, socio-economic data should be input to the system. Use of the system to monitor the WRC resource, environmental and socio-economic conditions at key conservation sites should be scaled up over the remaining two years of project implementation and be institutionalised as part of the regular work plan of relevant institutions.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/28]

he original designed Monitoring and Alerting System included data of WRC resource, environmental and socio-economic conditions at all project sites. During the MTE, the system only had the data of resources and environments because the social-economic data had not been integrated and analyzed. After the MTE, the PMO made a plan including three tasks as following: (1) To improve the methodology of social-economic data collection and re-integrate and analyze collected data at the beginning year of the project; (2) To carry out surveys and data collections at all pilot site in 2012 according to the improved methodology; (3) To put all collected data into the Monitoring and Alerting System and make analysis between the data collected in the beginning year and 2012. Therefore, at the end of the project, data of WRC resource, environmental and socio-economic conditions at all project sites will be put into this Monitoring and Alerting System.

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4. Recommendation: The recommendation mainly focus on that MOA initiate and catalyse the recommended policy and regulatory revisions in support of CWRC at the national level and the PMO support the Provinces and Counties to modify existing regulations or implementation rules and effectively implement existing regulations.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/28]

In order to meet the requirements of this recommendation, the PMO planed to take actions on following three aspects: (1) The PMO will submit the proposal with suggestions of modification or revision of policies and regulations related to WRC conservation to MOA and support related agencies and experts to participate in activities related to the modification or revision of policies and regulations organized by MOA。 (2) The PMO will use different opportunities such as workshops, consulting meetings, consulting letters etc. to push the management of IAS to be promulgated and other recommended policy and regulatory revisions forward to effectiveness. (3) The PMO have already collected information about the modification and drafting of legislations and management rules from Provinces and Counties of the project located. The PMO will provide technical support to local stakeholders to promote the procedures of the modification and drafting of legislations and management rules. (4) The PMO will also organize some training courses to improve the capacity for local staffs of agricultural agencies to effectively implement existing regulations.

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
(1) The PMO will submit the proposal with suggestions of modification or revision of policies and regulations related to WRC conservation to MOA and support related agencies and experts to participate in activities related to the modification or revision of policies and regulations organized by MOA。 (2) The PMO will use different opportunities such as workshops, consulting meetings, consulting letters etc. to push the management of IAS to be promulgated and other recommended policy and regulatory revisions forward to effectiveness. (3) The PMO have already collected information about the modification and drafting of legislations and management rules from Provinces and Counties of the project located. The PMO will provide technical support to local stakeholders to promote the procedures of the modification and drafting of legislations and management rules. (4) The PMO will also organize some training courses to improve the capacity for local staffs of agricultural agencies to effectively implement existing regulations.
[Added: 2013/01/28]
PMO No due date No deadline established
5. Recommendation: a Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan with SMART indicators should be made and the PMO, UNDP CO and CICETE should have enough capacities to play their roles to Ensure thorough preparation and planning for the project?s Terminal Evaluation, to include a full EOP report that includes quantitative and qualitative data on key impacts and achievements and the project expenditure data for GEF and co-financed components of the project.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/28]

As responded for the recommendation 2, The PMO and UNDP have started the procedure of Monitoring and Evaluation expert recruit. The Monitoring and Evaluation expert will help the PMO to make a Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan based on the requirements of the MTE. During the plan making period, the PMO will not only provide detailed information and data to the expert but also discuss some key issues with the expert so that the plan would be practicable for the implementation in the remaining life of the project. After the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan is accepted, the PMO will cooperate with UNDP CO to have discussions with related stakeholders to ensure the key agencies for the project understand their roles and responsibilities for the management of the project and take actions according to the plan.

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6. Recommendation: the ET recognized that the lessons learnt, approaches and systems developed under the project may have potential application to other biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood support initiatives.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/28]

Considering this project rationale is one part of biodiversity conservation program under the GEF operations. Summarizing implementation experiences and lessons and sharing with other relevant projects are useful for the globe biodiversity sustainable conservation. The PMO is trying to initiate following activities to response this recommendation. To study and summarize the experiences and lessons of incentive-based conservation of WRC implemented by this project. With the analysis of special social-economic conditions, some cases will be issued in both Chinese and English and to be distributed to relevant project management agencies. To make case studies on the project pilot sites on livelihood based approach of incentive mechanism and publish articles or papers in English for references to other project managers. To review the importance of this project to support poverty alleviation initiatives with other stakeholders such as Poverty Reduction Agencies at the national, provincial and county levels and provide some examples with important quantitative data to other relevant projects. The initiative may be valuable for some projects which are carried out in rural areas.

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To study and summarize the experiences and lessons of incentive-based conservation of WRC implemented by this project. With the analysis of special social-economic conditions, some cases will be issued in both Chinese and English and to be distributed to relevant project management agencies. To make case studies on the project pilot sites on livelihood based approach of incentive mechanism and publish articles or papers in English for references to other project managers. To review the importance of this project to support poverty alleviation initiatives with other stakeholders such as Poverty Reduction Agencies at the national, provincial and county levels and provide some examples with important quantitative data to other relevant projects. The initiative may be valuable for some projects which are carried out in rural areas.
[Added: 2013/01/28]
PMO No due date No deadline established

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