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MTR Fifth Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme In India
Commissioning Unit: India
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 02/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: India
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

A no-cost extension until end December, 2017 should be granted to the project to enable it to operate for a full five years as originally planned and to give it sufficient time to achieve the targets set forward in the project document

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/18]

The proposal for a no cost extension until December 2017 was taken to the Seventh National Steering committee meeting of the GEF UNDP SGP OPV, by the Centre for Environment Education in consultation with UNDP CO. The NSC members agreed that in order to get concrete results and to achieve desired outcomes additional time should be given to grantees to complete project activities and to enable the SGP India to operate for a full five-year cycle

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2. Recommendation:

National Steering Committee is comprised of highly qualified and committed individuals.  Nevertheless, strengthening their awareness regarding GEF criteria and the need to focus to a greater extent on strategic matters would be helpful

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/18]

Two NSC members and 2 RCM members were invited to Ahmedabad on two occasions (11-13 January 2016 and 12-13 April 2016) to inter-alia discuss the recommendations of the SGP MTR. The MTR consultants briefed the members on the findings of the MTR and also on the GEF criteria on selection of projects, design and nature of strategic projects; NSC members were also briefed on the focus of an upgraded country programme

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3. Recommendation:

Establish a Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for biodiversity projects, both to assist the NSC to develop an overall BD strategy, and to technically review proposals and provide their comments to the NSC in advance of NSC consideration.  The TAP may also assist the Regional Offices of CEE to technically monitor BD projects as appropriate.  The Technical Advisory Panel should be comprised of qualified scientific, academic and other institutions and NGOs with a focus on biodiversity conservation. (These might include entities such as the IUCN, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Forest Research Institute (FRI, Dehradun), Indian Institute of Forest Management, Tropical Forest Research Institutes and/or others.)  A GEFability checklist could be developed by the Technical Advisory Panel to be used in reviewing all BD project proposals.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/18]

UNDP agrees to this recommendation and supports the urgent need to strengthen the Biodiversity (BD) component in the SGP India Programme by engaging experts and agencies through the National Focal point for the convention on biological diversity in India and with the active support of the programme officers handling the Biodiversity portfolio

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4. Recommendation:

The MTR recommends that an indicator specific to BD be included in a revised Results Framework and that targets be established for that indicator

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/18]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation and will work with the CEE team to add one BD related indicator or modify one of the existing indicators to the Results Framework.

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5. Recommendation:

The proposed Technical Advisory Panel on BD should propose a refined BD strategy to the NSC for consideration and the remaining BD grant funds should support projects that represent a part of that strategy

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/18]

Briefing of TAP members on GEF criteria and BD strategy for an upgraded country programme for BD referring to the GEF 6 BD strategy.

As SGP OP5 grants for BD are exhausted, this strategy will be used for OP6, although detailed note could be discussed in the Workshop with RCM members and CEE team

Training of regional coordinators on the revised BD strategy

- A training workshop to be organized by CEE for SGP Regional Coordinators on the refined BD strategy to help them guide project partners of ongoing projects and for projects to be selected in GEF 6 cycle. Discussions in progress

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6. Recommendation:

Biodiversity (BD) funds yet to be committed in this OP should support BD projects in globally significant biodiversity areas and in areas where other larger-scale conservation and community development initiatives are underway with whom the SGP projects can collaborate.  It would also make sense to support CC and LD projects in these same areas.  Thus, a much stronger clustering of projects is recommended for the projects still to be approved.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/18]

This observation and recommendation has been noted. This will be brought to the attention of Regional Coordinators in the CEE Regional offices who guide and mentor the preparation of proposals. UNDP will also inform the regional committee members and members of the National Steering Committee regarding this recommendation so that this is considered while approving projects. Also, this would be included in the BD strategy to be developed for SGP especially for use in OP6.

This will also help in mainstreaming BD concerns in national level plans and programmes and will help India meet its commitments towards national and global priorities for biodiversity conservation

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7. Recommendation:

Gender equality should be institutionalized in the various bodies which direct, steer, manage and monitor the SGP programme and projects.  This should be accomplished by modifying the TOR of the NSC to ensure gender equality, and by ensuring gender equality in the composition of the NSC, the SGP Regional Committees, the CEE SGP Project Directors (paid by the SGP), none of which currently have achieved gender equality

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/18]

Currently 4 out of the 11 NSC members are women, 3 out of 7 Regional Coordinators are women and in UNDP, 3 women are involved in the SGP Programme. More women representation can be expected in the Technical Advisory Panel for Biodiversity Conservation.

UNDP will also try to institutionalize gender equality through the TOR for the NSC and at various levels of project implementation bodies.

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