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00075619 REDD+ Interim Phase Project Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Indonesia
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Indonesia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: Design and timelines

It has been highlighted that the timeline allocation of the LOI is ambitious. Frequent issuing of short project extensions is administratively burdensome. For future implementation, it is worth considering realistic multi-year workplans with time contingency for delays. For such a financially large programme, it is important to ensure certainty to reduce staff turnover and programme continuity.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

Management agrees with the recommendation. It is understood that arrangement made under the Indonesia-Norway LOI was a product of bilateral negotiations and agreement made by both countries on May 2010. We agree that it is worth considering realistic multi-year workplans with time contingency for delays, especially for such a financially large programme to ensure certainty to reduce staff turnover and programme continuity.

In several occasions in the past, UNDP management had raised this issue to the donor (Government of Norway) and Indonesia REDD+ Agency (who was in-charge for REDD+ program). However, both parties decided to implement the project with stages as agreed in the bilateral agreement.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Action will be taken to advise the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (who is now in-charge for REDD+ program after the abolishment of the REDD+ Agency) for future bilateral talks, specifically with regard to highlighting the importance of having a realistic multi-year workplans for national REDD+ program.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
Budhi Sayoko, Roy Rahendra 2017/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: Management arrangements and communication between partners

 

This report notes that UNDP was placed in position where it was required to represent the interests of the Norwegian Embassy in dealing with the government. Representation of the political and bilateral interests of a donor go beyond the mandate of the project- facilitation of dialogue and implementation of activities. This scenario may have negatively affected communication between the Embassy and UNDP with regards to the selection of interventions and strategic direction. These issues could have been resolved by restructuring the management arrangements and ensuring expectations and communication are clear.

 

To have an effective programme governance structure, particularly in such a complex relationship, it could be beneficial to have a Programme Board and a Steering Committee to separate implementation or operational management from strategy and performance aspects. Such a structure would not have UNDP in the Steering Committee. This does not diminish the role of UNDP and or any other implementing partner, but it would allow the Norwegian Embassy and Government representatives (Ministerial level) to address matters of bilateral nature, and politically sensitive issues that may affect implementation at an early stage. This should address the risk and reduce the impact of major institutional changes and allow necessary adjustments to the programme implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

Management agrees with the recommendation. The project management structure will be reviewed for future projects, particularly the roles of Project Board and the idea to create a separate Steering Committee. In the past, actually a joint government committee (Joint Consultation Group - JCG) has been established to oversee bilateral program implementation. However, the roles and functions of JCG were not clearly stated and the JCG did not continued after the REDD+ project handed-over to Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Action will be taken to advise the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (who is now in-charge for REDD+ program after the abolishment of the REDD+ Agency) for future bilateral talks, specifically to consider the setup of a (special) Steering Committee as a consultative forum for bilateral discussion for project implementation.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
Budhi Sayoko, Roy Rahendra 2017/12 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Review of the National and Provincial REDD+ Strategies

The preparation of the NRS and provincial strategies were important achievements but there seems to be a vacuum in following up and supporting translation of especially provincial plans into concrete actions. It could be timely for the GOI or under the LOI to review and update the strategies in anticipation of the operationalization of the funding instrument and requirements of the MRV system.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

Management agrees with the recommendation, and UNDP had endorsed and facilitated two national coordination meetings involving the national and 11 provincial governments to discuss the program/project transition after the abolishment of REDD+ Agency. Inputs and recommendations were gathered by the DG Climate Change of MoEF during the discussions to be incorporated in the development of REDD+ implementation strategies in the future. However, the expected review and updates on the strategies never carried-out until today.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Action will be taken to advise the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (who is now in-charge for REDD+ program after the abolishment of the REDD+ Agency), that a review of the NRS and provincial strategies is important to avoid a vacuum in following up and supporting translation of especially provincial plans into concrete actions. It is now timely for the GOI (under the LOI) to review and update the strategies in anticipation of the operationalization of the funding instrument and requirements of the MRV system.
[Added: 2017/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/01/15]
Budhi Sayoko, Roy Rahendra 2018/12 Completed Results and recommendations contained in the independent evaluation report have been submitted and discussed with the Director General of Climate Change , Ministry of Enviroenment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia, and have been followed-up in series of REDD+ transition meetings with relevant units in the ministry. History
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: Output 11 - Strategies and Action Plans

Many activities were implemented under Output 11 focusing on preparing REDD+ strategies and action plans and improving operational capacity for project implementation at provincial, district, and community level.  It is necessary to document and share this valuable information which will inform current and future policy decisions as well as lessons for other REDD+ countries. The strategies and actions plans provide an important baseline options for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Considerations could be made to continue financially supporting and implementing these strategies and action plans and further consider options for scaling up.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

Management agrees with the recommendation. Most of the activities implemented during 2010-2016 (until project closure) were documented and stored in an online knowledge management centre (at the following website: www.reddplusid.org and kc.reddplusid.org). The REDD+ Knowledge Centre contains journals, reports, publications (incl. photos, videos, posters) and relevant information on all REDD+ related works in Indonesia. The REDD+ Knowledge Centre is now being managed by the Directorate of REDD+ under the DG of Climate Change of MoEF.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Action will be taken to advise the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (who is now in-charge for REDD+ program after the abolishment of the REDD+ Agency), that it is important to continuously maintain the REDD+ Knowledge Centre as well as its database as a medium to provide information and lessons learned related to REDD= program and share this valuable information which will inform current and future policy decisions as well as lessons for other REDD+ countries.
[Added: 2017/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/01/15]
Budhi Sayoko, Roy Rahendra 2018/12 Completed The key actions to advice the Ministry of Environment and Forestry was completed and followed-up for maintaining the REDD+ knowledge centre as well as database. History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5 - Output 12 - Institutional Mechanism (MRV component)

This is specifically for the MR V system. To date the GOI has submitted a REL and NDC to the UNFCCC which are under technical review. This creates the impetus for establishing a national MRV system to support the necessary international reporting. Both political and financial support is now necessary to ensure institutional roles and responsibilities are defined at both national and sub-national levels as well as providing the necessary financial support to each relevant institution. There is an opportunity to build on the momentum that already exists through the development of the National Registry System for mitigation, (b) National GHGs Inventory System (SIGN-SMART); and (c) Safeguards Information System for REDD+ (SIS-REDD+).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

Management agrees with the recommendation. For the MRV system, the REL and NDC to the UNFCCC creates the impetus for establishing a national MRV system to support the necessary international reporting. Both political and financial support is now necessary to ensure institutional roles and responsibilities are defined at both national and sub-national levels as well as providing the necessary financial support to each relevant institution. There is an opportunity to build on the momentum that already exists through the development of the National Registry System for mitigation, (b) National GHGs Inventory System (SIGN-SMART); and (c) Safeguards Information System for REDD+ (SIS-REDD+).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Action will be taken to advise the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (who is now in-charge for REDD+ program after the abolishment of the REDD+ Agency), that both political and financial support is now necessary to ensure MRV institutional roles and responsibilities are defined at both national and sub-national levels as well as providing the necessary financial support to each relevant institution. There is an opportunity to build on the momentum that already exists through the development of the National Registry System for mitigation, (b) National GHGs Inventory System (SIGN-SMART); and (c) Safeguards Information System for REDD+ (SIS-REDD+).
[Added: 2017/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/01/15]
Budhi Sayoko, Roy Rahendra 2018/12 Completed Results and recommendations contained in the independent evaluation report have been submitted and discussed with the Director General of Climate Change , Ministry of Enviroenment and Forestry, and have been followed-up with financial and political supports. History

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