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Integrating Climate Change Risk and Resilience Into Forestry Management (ICCRIFS)
Commissioning Unit: Samoa
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 05/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Samoa
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 1.

It is recommended that these important corrective actions and the use of SamFRIS and P3D continue in any new project or any future activities in forestry management and conservation of natural resources in the face of risks imposed by climate change.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with the recommendation, P3D modelling exercise has been now implemented under the R2R project in the Cook Islands and Niue, thanks to the training delivered by the ICCRIFS former project team (South-South Cooperation). Also, the use of P3D modelling is envisaged in the context of the new GCF proposal currently under development. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Introduce the use of SamFRIS in Forestry division of MNRE
[Added: 2016/11/02]
Consultant hired under the Rio Plus project and MNRE Environment Sector coordination division 2017/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 2.

As a result of the project training and knowledge sharing, now over 1700 farmers are trained in adaptive practice to climate change impact. The project also passed these tools and knowledge to Samoa Farmers Association. As the project is coming to an end, it is recommended that the association develop a program that passes this knowledge to farmers who were not exposed to such training.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation, Farmer association will be engaged to pass this knowledge to farmers 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Consult farmer association to for further distributing the tools and knowledge.
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP, MAF, MNRE 2016/12 Completed All tools distributed to farmers associations History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 3.

The project produced a large amount of technical reports and training and awareness raising materials. It is recommended that the local NGOs tap into this resource and continue the project work in these areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with the recommendation technical reports will be made available in e-copy on the project website, which link is on the MNRE website

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Make available e-copy of technical reports and training materials
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP, MNRE and every relevant body 2016/12 Completed All e-copies and technical reports have been submitted History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 4.

Based on the experience ICCRIFS accumulated and the favorable international funding atmosphere; it is highly recommended that MNRE move quickly to seek funding for a new project as a follow up to ICCRIFS. Because technical tools the project updated including SamFRIS and CLEWS are ready for use. The project successful P3D is also available. The project produced a successful tested model in agro-forestry that can easily be replicated avoiding all possible loopholes

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation, further funding will be sought from GCF 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Develop and submit project proposal to GEF
[Added: 2016/11/02]
MoF, MNRE, with continuous support from UNDP 2016/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 5.

The upland forest rehabilitation is also vital to the success of reducing risks and enhancing resilience to climate change. Therefore it is recommended that these activities continue especially if funding was secured. It is vital in the face of the risks of climate change, and what the country has experienced in the past.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation and will continue activities as long as funding is available

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Continue activities on upland forest rehabilitation
[Added: 2016/11/02]
MoF, MNRE, with continuous support from UNDP 2016/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 6.

In any follow up project it is recommended that the gender issues addressed by ICCRIFS continue to be addressed. Training for women is vital in building the awareness of climate change risks and promoting resilience to climate change through adopting behavior and activities to that goal. Also it is important for women to continue active participation in the future project teams as well as in district and village committees.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation, gender issues will continue to be address in follow up project proposal for  GCF submission

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Include gender issues and training component for women in the GCF project proposal
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
MoF, MNRE, with continuous support from UNDP 2016/12 Completed GCF included Gender action plan History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 7.

It is recommended that any follow up project is to adopt the strategy of small core project team and use of consultant as needed. It will save funds and has proved effective in ICCRIFS project experience. This project management arrangement can also be passed on to other countries in the region.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation, this practice has already been shared between existing projects (e.g. ICCRITS) and proven successful. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Ensure small core project team strategy in the development of GCF
[Added: 2016/11/02]
MoF, MNRE, with continuous support from UNDP 2016/12 Completed
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 8.

The project in its early stages experienced delays in procurement that had a negative impact on the project progress. It is recommended that government selected staff receive training in procurement procedures. This will make procurement processes more smooth in the future and avoid any such delays in future projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: Management agrees with this recommendation, Training on procurement on projects will be conducted for government officials and project partners. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Conduct training on project procurement for government officials and project personnel
[Added: 2016/11/02]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed
9. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 9.

It is recommended that the rehabilitated sites in upland forests be monitored annually to assess rehabilitation success and progress. Such data produced can be used in improvements in future rehabilitation strategies.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation.  This suggestion is incorporated in the draft National Forestry Plan, currently under finalization.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Forestry Division of MNRE to monitor status of upland forests and collect data
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
MNRE Forestry Division 2019/12 Completed Monitoring incorporated into FD workplan History
10. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 10.

MWCSD provided the project with the important link to the local communities in the project sites. It made it possible for the project to access the community leaderships, and farmers and villagers as well as women and youth groups. It is recommended that MNRE continue to engage these groups and keep channels of communication open with them.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation. MNRE is currently and will continue working with MWCSD to engage communities as it is the official government body in charge of this role.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 MWCSD to be engaged in UNDP programs continuously
[Added: 2016/11/02]
MWSCD, UNDP 2016/12 Completed
11. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 11.

It is recommended that the community nurseries be maintained and enabled to produce seedlings and saplings that can be used in continuous rehabilitation activities as well as future agro-forestry plots. Coupled with that is the need to train local community members to maintain and manage these nurseries.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation, Government will work closely with other key stakeholders to continue support the management and utilization of community nurseries for tree planting and agroforestry farming. Discussions around the potential use of ICCRIFS nurseries to produce native species seedlings for the re-forestation of the Apia greater urban area/cash crops under the GCF proposal has been undertaken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 UNDP and Government to include this idea in the GCF proposal
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP and Government of Samoa 2016/12 Completed GCF project under output 2 includes lessons learnt and best practices History
12. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 12.

The consultant recommends that MNRE starts using extension officers who are selected from members of the local communities and can be embedded in their own communities. They can initially be brought to the MNRE for training in awareness as related to risks and resilience to climate change, as well as climate change resilience practices. A suitable curriculum should be developed for training these extension officers. This approach has been used with great success in several UN projects of similar circumstances. These extension officers could receive a modest pay and would be a valuable asset for MNRE that could continuously carry its message to these communities.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendations. This approach will be considered once funding support is secured. With the National Forestry Plan under development and the GCF proposal in drafting phase there’s a certain degree of likelihood that this recommendation will be taken on board, since it has been proven successful under the ICCRIFS and best practices have been included in the GCF project proposal 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1 Ensure best practices are considered under GCF project proposal
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
UNDP and MNRE 2016/01 Completed GCF proposal for Samoa approved History
13. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 13.

Because of the gravity of the impact of climate change in Samoa, it is recommended that government develops a central unit focused on rehabilitation and building resilience to climate change. Donor funded project can operate under the guidance of this unit, but the unit should have its own ongoing program.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation, a climate change coordination unit will be established in the ministry of finance. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1 Establish a climate change coordination unit in MoF
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
MoF 2016/12 Completed CRICU unit already established History
14. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 14.

To enhance funding of new projects, it would be helpful if MNRE would develop an easy access database of all regulations and activities conducted in Samoa in the area of climate change risks and resilience. The donors would be encouraged to fund projects when they detect seriousness and determination of the government as reflected in the effort already made in that area.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2016/11/02]

Management response: The management agrees with this recommendation.  A DKIF (Data, Knowledge and Information Facility) established through the Rio Plus project is under development with this scope

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
14.1 MNRE to develop the DKIF
[Added: 2016/11/02] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
MNRE 2017/01 Completed DKIF developed under RIO project History

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