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Samoa's Capacity Building & Mainstreaming of Sustainable Land Management
Commissioning Unit: Samoa
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 04/2013
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Samoa
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1. Prepare a synthesis report about SLM (land degradation and good practices) This may be considered instead of a traditional project terminal report. This report will be addressed to the development community interested in SLM issues and what can be done about it. It will contain information about the SLM project but will include also include related information from other initiatives. The purpose is to continue to build awareness of the issues and opportunities and programs of work that is needed.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/18]

The project has already concluded and this recommendation will not be taken up by this project. However, the new project on Sustainable land management in Samoa ?Strengthening Multi-sectoral management of Critical Landscapes (SMSMCL)? already includes this recommendation in the project document and this will be one of the first outputs of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 preparation of a Sustainable Land management manual by the SMSMCL project in Samoa
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE 2014/12 Completed 12.09.17 Sustainable Agriculture Practices and Landscape Farm Plan Training Programme developed and implemented in SMSMCL project targets History
1.2 Dissemination of the manual among farmers
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE 2015/12 Completed 12.09.17 Sustainable Agriculture Practices and Landscape Farm Plan Training Programme developed and implemented in SMSMCL project targets History
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Consolidate the pilot role of Vaipouli for the nationwide watershed program The GOS leadership looks up to the Vaipouli Watershed initiative as a model for the current national program that seeks to manage four watersheds that serve the City of Apia as well as other watersheds in the near future. This (Vaipouli) Watershed however is still very much a work in progress. There are many loose ends, foremost of which is the mixed attitude of the community to the project. It is not yet a strongly convincing model but this is not insurmountable.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/18]

The recommendation is noted. The Evaluation report was submitted to the GOS for their information and consideration. This recommendation will also be taken up by other ongoing projects like Forestry and Climate Change (ICCRIFS) and the new Economy Wide approach to Climate Change Adaptation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. The ICCRIFS project is already building on the Vaipouli experience by setting up nurseries for reforestation of watersheds
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE - Forestry dept 2016/12 Completed 2014-2016 History
2.2. The new EWACC will also build on the SLM experience for watershed management
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE - Water 2020/12 Completed 12.09.17 Integrated Watershed Management for the Greater Apia Catchment completed under EWACC project covering Laulii, Fagalii, Vaisigano, Loimata o Apaula, Gasegase and Fuluasou catchments. IWMP for Apia activities implemented under EWACC, GCF Samoa and Regional R2R projects History
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Revisiting the Scope of SLM Projects Should GEF and UNDP consider a second wave of support for SLM in SIDS, these should now review the viability of aiming multiple outcomes over a short duration (3 years). While it is true that the project designs are flexible and can be amended during the inception workshop, the reality is that amendments do not have the luxury of being supported by thorough activity preparation with ?due diligence?. Thus, the alternative outputs identified during the inception or in subsequent NSC meetings may not necessarily ensure that Project Outcomes are achieved.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/18]

The recommendation is noted and will take into consideration in future project design & development

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Design of new SMSMCL project
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE - UNDP 2014/12 Completed 12.09.17 SMSMCL Project is an upscale of Samoa SLM project. SMSMCL takes Ridge to Reef approach History
3.2 Design of new EWACC project
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE - UNDP 2014/12 Completed 12.09.17 EWACC project takes a ridge to reef approach that considers the completed watershed and results of the EWACC will be realized in its duration due to the nature of the EWACC History
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Stronger, evidence-based foundation for SLM Subsequent studies should be to support studies to understand and communicate the nature, scope and even the costs of land degradation and to identify promising good practices developed locally that can be potentially replicated to address the degradation. The good practices need not solely rely on the pilot project sites under an SLM Project. Efforts can be made to identify existing good practices. The whole idea is to help decision makers understand the nature of the problem and visualize and be inspired by the possible solutions. If projects are able to do a good job on just these two items at the start (study of nature of land degradation and study on good practices), then they will have helped stakeholders attain a correct perspective and enthusiastic attitude to do other activities as well.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/18]

The recommendation is noted and will take into consideration in future project development This recommendation will also be taken up by other ongoing projects like Forestry and Climate Change (ICCRIFS) and the new Economy Wide approach to Climate Change Adaptation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Design of new SMSMCL project
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE - UNDP 2014/12 Completed 12.09.17 Sustainable Agriculture Practices and Landscape Farm Plan Training Programme developed and implemented in SMSMCL project targets. Training of trainers completed as well as soil conservation manual completed and all are used widely in the above training program History
4.2 Design of new EWACC project
[Added: 2014/02/19] [Last Updated: 2017/09/11]
MNRE - UNDP 2014/12 Completed 12.09.17 the Integrated Watershed management plan for the Greater Apia Area implemented under EWACC, GEF Samoa, Regional R2R project and others History

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