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Terminal Evaluation of 'Nagaland Sustainable Land and Ecocystem Management'
Commissioning Unit: India
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: India
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Continue to provide technical support to existing target villages to enable them to monitor and deliver their LUPs and action plans

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/07]

Noted. The technical support to the project villages will continue in the second phase of the project. Some components of the project will be scaled up or replicated to other districts during this phase.

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2. Recommendation:

The policy and regulatory framework in support of jhum agroforestry is in the process of being established, following pioneering inputs from the project, and needs to be fast tracked by government so that the enabling environment is in place ahead of mainstreaming

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/07]

A legal firm was contracted to carry out a legal and policy analysis study during the project and the report and the recommendation have already been shared with the state government. Based on the recommendation, a draft land use policy has already been prepared and shared with the state government for comments.

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3. Recommendation:

Building on the establishment of multi-sector district platforms for improved planning and management of jhum lands for provisioning of ecosystem services to benefit local livelihoods, public welfare and biodiversity, establish equivalent platforms at the level of Community Development Blocks on which LUCs are to be represented. This completes the infrastructure necessary for subsequent mainstreaming of jhum agroforestry

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/07]

Noted and recommended to the state government for the next phase of the project. This has been initiated under the leadership of the Agriculture Production Commissioner in the state who is overall in-charge of all agriculture and allied departments in the state

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4. Recommendation:

Comprehensively document the project’s experience, providing guidelines on the concept, policies and practices for improvement of jhum agroforestry systems within an ecosystem services and landscape context, and translate them into relevant tribal languages. Distribute widely using multi-media, including the project’s website currently hosted by UNDP

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/07]

Noted for the next phase. This has been included in the Annual Work Plan of 2016. An expert will be hired for carrying out the comprehensive documentation in the next phase. Some documentation has already been completed. Lessons learnt from project have been included in curriculum of Zubza training centre. Manuals on PLUP have also been produced. All reports and manuals are already up on the UNDP project website.

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5. Recommendation:

The role of selected farm schools/demonstrations (at least one per district) will be enhanced and include monitoring and experimental research functions to complement their educational/demonstration role. Such research will validate and enhance improvements in jhum agroforestry through monitoring and experiment in the field (jhum lands). UNDP is encouraged to introduce reflective practice into these farm schools, both for their own benefit and also for them to use as a tool with visiting LUCs and jhumias to train others in such good practice

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/07]

Noted and will be strengthened further in the next phase of the project. Same has been included in the Annual Work Plan of 2016.

There exists a collaboration with the project and the ATMAs which run the farm schools in the districts. This collaboration will be further strengthened and the farm schools used as best practice demonstration units within the state.

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6. Recommendation:

Pilot the organisation of producer companies, one per district, to realise the high potential for marketing such products as ginger, cardamom, Naga chilli and vegetables, as recommended in the 2014 Market Development Assessment for Organic Agri-Horticultural Produce commissioned by the project. Focus on securing higher returns by setting up sorting, processing, packaging and marketing (including branding) systems in consultation with the Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), School of Agricultural Sciences (SASRD) and the Agricultural Department.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/07]

Noted. The market survey report was presented and submitted to the state government and recommendations for strengthening market linkages were provided. Marketing of agri-farm produce will be a key focus of the project in 2016, as has been indicated in the Annual Work Plan

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7. Recommendation:

Establish participatory monitoring systems for village jhum lands that are compatible with their respective LUPs and associated action plans. These should be based on a common framework with a view to being maintained in a centralised database system for maintaining an overview at block and district levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/07]

Noted and recommendations to be shared with the state government for the next phase of the project.

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