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Terminal evaluation: GEF funded project on land degradation
Commissioning Unit: Uzbekistan
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Uzbekistan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:
  1. Put more effort into the development of sound project concepts.

The main shortcoming of the Project is rooted in a project concept that has not been foreseen a logical flow of activities from local small-scale and micro-measures that relieve the pressure on dryland to upscaled interventions with broad impact, although this is understood as the overarching goal. Project concepts and designs must be based on reasonable results chains and it must be clear for the user of the LogFrame which activity is carried out for what purpose and why it is supported by the Project. Stronger guidance and quality control by UNDP and GEF is required.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/06] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]

Partially agree. The concept of the project is aimed at the effective application of integrated land use management planning at the district level, and the existing experience dissemination with best practices in sustainable land use. Therefore, the expected results of the project activities are considered jointly and include the dissemination of best practices in sustainable land management after testing in local areas.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 In future programming, where possible, to ensure support of pilot and demonstration measures on local level by a replication strategy which indicates the chance of their wide application under the specific circumstances.
[Added: 2020/02/03]
SDC (Environment) 2021/12 Initiated History
1.2 Strengthening the quality assurance process for the project development stage and the SOP on project management.
[Added: 2020/02/03]
SDC ( Environment), RMU 2020/12 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Only livelihood activities which are linked to the conservation target to be supported by environmental projects with the identified contribution of local communities towards environmental protection.

Even though the improvement of the environmental situation is usually not possible without improving the socio-economic situation of people, this does not mean that all socio-economic measures have a positive effect on the environment.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/03] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]

Partially agree. Project activities were aimed at providing alternative income sources, without harming the environment and reducing the burden on the natural resources (forests, pastures, rainfed farming) use, which were repeatedly discussed by the beneficiaries at the local and national levels with the leading experts and scientists involvement to ensure their efficiency and sustainability, according to UNDP and GEF procedures.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. To strengthen the effectiveness of alternative income-generating activities to alleviate a human threat to specified conservation targets within environmental projects.
[Added: 2020/02/03]
SDC (Environment) 2024/12 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Implement follow-up measures to make the “Law of Pastures” fully operational.

The “Law of Pastures” is a success story of the Project, but it still needs considerable efforts and resources to become operational. Guidance needs to be given to decision-makers especially for an adequate treatment of environmental concerns. UNDP may offer the government technical assistance towards this end and may use for this purpose committed but still unused track funds.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/03] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]

Partially agree. As a next step, UNDP will provide guidance/assistance where possible on the practical implementation of the Law within its ongoing and future interventions with a special emphasis on environmental concerns.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Include specific activities in ongoing and future programming on the practical implementation of the Law on Pastures with a focus on environmental concerns where relevant.
[Added: 2020/02/03]
SDC, Relevant environmental projects 2022/12 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Give more guidance as regards accounting of co-financing.

Assessing the level of co-financing is challenging as it is not included in project monitoring. It is particularly difficult to monitor in-kind contributions without guidance what falls under in-kind contribution. Without such guidance, equal monitoring is not possible.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/03] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]

Agree. In the future, UNDP will take into account and monitor the participation of each national and local partner in co-financing the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. To develop a tool (to be included in the SOP) as a clearer mechanism for monitoring of in-kind contribution from the government.
[Added: 2020/02/03]
SDC, GGC, RMU 2020/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Reconsider the rating scale of the criterion „relevance”.

Relevance” can now only be rated as “relevant” or “not relevant”, whereas a finer scale extending e.g. from “highly relevant” over “partly relevant” to “not relevant” would be more appropriate to mirror project reality including the fact that a project often consists of several aspects/components with different levels of relevance.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/03] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]

Disagree. This recommendation is beyond of UNDP Uzbekistan mandate and is strictly outlined in the UNDP GEF system.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 UNDP will only communicate the recommendation to GEF Focal Point in IRH.
[Added: 2020/02/03] [Last Updated: 2020/03/17]
SDC, RMU 2020/03 Completed The recommendation is communicated to the GEF focal point in IRH - Mr. Maxim Vergeicichik. History

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