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Terminal Project Evaluation “Strengthening Environment and Climate Change Governance for Zanzibar”
Commissioning Unit:Tanzania
Evaluation Plan:2016-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date:11/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Tanzania
1. Recommendation:

Cover the cross-cutting issues that were ignored in this project, namely meteorological and marine data and land-use and spatial planning. Address the challenges in terms of legal and policy framework, institutional structure and links, and human, technical and physical capacity (e.g. equipment), and conduct basic studies.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

The project was primarily designed to strengthen the capacity of GoZ in managing climate change, with some interventions introduced at the downstream level. Few selected sectors, most vulnerable to climate change were selected for demonstration project with good results. As observed, still challenges exist, which need to be addressed in the future projects and programmes including widening of focus to as well cover other key sector such as meteorology and land-use.

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2. Recommendation:

Scale up and replicate activities in the environmental, energy, forestry and agricultural sectors.

Prioritize some of the sectors that were not covered, namely tourism, fisheries, livestock, infrastructure, construction (including housing), education and health.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]

The project managed to demonstrate a number of community-based gender sensitive micro projects to enhance capacity in adapting to the impacts of climate change in both Unguja and Pemba, with good results. Availability of more resources will enable scaling up of these projects to cover other areas. This will be the focus of future UNDP initiative in Zanzibar

Climate change is cross-cutting. UNDP is pioneering the localization of the SDGs in Tanzania, of which most of these sectors mentioned are addressed. These sectors will be systematically covered in the future initiative focusing on livelihood creation opportunities at the downstream level.

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3. Recommendation:

Cover both rural and urban areas

Use the most up to date technical data and projections, taking into account demographic, social and economic dynamics, in order to adapt current and future society to current and future climate.

Involve various UN agencies, particularly if the project uses UNDAP as its acronym

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]

This recommendation is accepted. Climate change has no boundaries it affects both rural and urban dwellers though the extent and type of impacts may differ. The project managed to support intervention covering both, scaled up interventions are needed to ensure that proper frameworks are put in place to address challenges in urban and rural areas.

Joint UN initiatives are encouraged under UNDAP II. Potential partners in Zanzibar include UN Women, UNIDO and UNV.

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4. Recommendation:

Support GoZ in setting up a mechanism to get and allocate significant domestic funds to climate change adaptation and to a lesser extent mitigation.

Support the operationalization of the climate change financial mechanism

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]

The project managed to create awareness of climate change both upstream and downstream. The government is expected to support these efforts through allocation of funding especially for the implementation of the Zanzibar Climate Change Strategy. By inclusion of climate change issues in the new Environment Management Act, and political commitment shown by the H.E the President during the launch of the Strategy, in which all line ministries were instructed to ensure the implementation of the Strategy, it is expected that local funds can be allocated directly or indirectly to support climate change adaptation initiatives

The framework of climate change financial mechanisms has been developed under this project. The future initiatives will focus on supporting the operationalization of the mechanism including setting up sustainable framework for resource mobilization locally and internationally.

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5. Recommendation:

Support GoZ in getting direct access to climate change funds, such as the GEF, the Adaptation Fund and GCF.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

UNDP is supporting the GoZ to access GEF whereby a new project with the budget of over $ 6M is under development and expected to be implemented from 2018. UNDP is also working closely with the GCF focal institution (VPO Mainland) on possibility of designing a Zanzibar climate change project using GCF funds. Since there is not fully accredited institution for AF in Tanzania, UNDP looks for the possibility of supporting NEMC accreditation process including also advising the Government of Tanzania on the modality of operation of NEMC as an NIE considering the fact environment is not a union matter.

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6. Recommendation:

Support GoZ in ensuring that the Steering and Technical Committees of the National Climate Change Strategy meet regularly and it participates in the UNFCCC COPs.

Strengthen the capacities of the climate change unit 

Ensure the project management unit has the human and technical capacity to comply with its role.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]

The project managed to formulate good platform for climate change governance in Zanzibar through the formulation of the steering and technical committees, and supporting the participation of Zanzibar delegates in various COPs meetings. Institutionalization of climate change issues into the government policies and plans might ensure the sustainability of UNDP support including ensuring that there is funding to facilitate meetings of the committees and participation in COPs meetings.

The use of UN volunteers will be considered in the future interventions. It is good to note that there is a very limited climate change expertize in Zanzibar, so it is ideal to consider developing individual and institutional expertise to support implementation of various climate change initiatives including the implementation of the Strategy.

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7. Recommendation:

Develop the results framework very carefully during project design. Provide at least an indicator, baseline, target and means of verification for each of the outputs and activities. Ensure they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound, including information for mid-term.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

Accepted

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8. Recommendation:

Plan activities based on the financial resources that are secured. Indicate additional potential activities with different levels of additional funding.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

Recommendation accepted. The flexibility of prodoc without compromising the quality of the plan would be a good approach. However, resource mobilization is a continuous process done throughout the implementation of the project. PSC has the power to revise project activities depending on the availability of resources.

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9. Recommendation:

Prepare timely, complete and detailed progress reports during implementation, assessing progress towards the objectives.

Conduct regular PSC meetings

Follow closely the recommendations made by the PSC and adapt to new circumstances

Ensure the project document is peer reviewed by external stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

Accepted.

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