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Implementing a “Ridge to Reef” Approach to Protecting Biodiversity and Ecosystem functions within and around Protected Areas in Grenada (00091627)
Commissioning Unit: Barbados
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Barbados
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Support the development of a sustainable finance system for the PA network (the Project should work closely with the Grenada Sustainable Development Fund in this regard).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/24]

Dialogue with the Grenada Sustainable Development Fund and other key stakeholders and the recruitment of relevant technical expertise to support the development of a comprehensive Protected Area business plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a PA business plan
[Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed The PA business plan has been completed. History
2. Recommendation:

Provide support as required to ensure the legislative and regulatory framework is adequate regarding classification of PAs in Grenada (different categories of both TPAs and MPAs) and definitions of permissible and not permissible uses in each category.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/24]

Review of the relevant legislative and regulatory framework in currently being conducted by a legal consultant

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Complete the review of the PA legislative and regulatory framework
[Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP & Project Management Unit 2019/03 Completed The PA legislative review has been completed; final payment pending. History
3. Recommendation:

Support a smaller number of strategically chosen PAs (based on biodiversity conservation importance and potential for long-term biodiversity conservation) on which to focus Project support henceforth, leaving others aside for the time being.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/24]

The project is supporting PAs based on the PA Systems Plan.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop Management Plans
[Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP and Project Management Unit 2019/07 Initiated Process ongoing. Three (3) Terrestrial Protected Area plan revisions have been completed. Two (2) of these are at the final deliverable phase. Three (3) marine protected area plans are on target for completion. One (1) marine protected area plan (Grand Anse Gazetted in 2017). History
4. Recommendation:

Support a process to facilitate Government decision making regarding which co-management model/s to pursue/apply in the Grenada context. It is important to hold the workshops on co-management models (see previous recommendation) before taking this decision so that all stakeholders clearly understand the various roles and responsibilities of the various entities involved in different models of legal co-management of PAs.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2018/09/24]

It has been noted that different co-management models applicable for protected areas management are not widely recognised in Grenada. The workshops will be organised as recommended to facilitate government decision making. The workshops can be held in conjunction with the 8th PSC meeting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire local consultant(s) to organise workshops on co-management options
[Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP & Project Management Unit 2019/08 Initiated Revision of Draft TOR is completed. Consultant to be onboard by June. History
5. Recommendation:

The Fisheries Division already has a standard template they use for MPA management plans but there is no standard template used by Forestry for TPA management plans. It is therefore recommended that a standard template for TPA management plans be developed/use of an existing best international practice template (IUCN or other) and a standard process adopted in developing management plans.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/24]

Consultancies are underway to develop management plans for 2 TPAs (Mt. St. Catherine and Morne Gazo). The final management plans will guide the government on possible template standardisation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalise the 2 TPA management plans
[Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP and Project Management Unit 2019/05 Overdue-Initiated Two (2) terrestrial protected area Management Plans are currently being reviewed (final drafts) and should be finalized by May 2019 History
6. Recommendation:

The relevance and feasibility of creating an inter-sectoral committee should be re-assessed with a comprehensive land use planning approach versus decentralised management based on sectoral guidelines (due to the issue of fragmented land tenure). It is recommended that if a committee is to be formed, the lead institution on watershed management has to be designated, meeting of stakeholder representatives convened, training on watershed management defined, TORs for the committee drafted and technical/sectoral groups set up, technical/sectoral guidelines and requested project support drafted as part of the management plan design.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/24]

The intersectoral committee was established as per the ProDoc. The TOR has been developed and 3 meetings convened to date. The other recommendations will be considered in future sessions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Consider the recommendations on watershed management in future inter-sectoral committee meetings
[Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP & Project Management Unit 2018/12 Completed Members of the inter-sectoral committee have reviewed the water management plan and are guided by its contents History
7. Recommendation:

A bamboo consultant should be contracted to aid Government in addressing the bamboo issue (eradicate or use as a resource and formulate industry development plan); at the same time or shortly afterwards, discussions should be held with NEFO and major volunteer land lords of forested areas in the watershed to actually design a plan of action for reforestation through an informal council or through a formalised subgroup of the (future) Beauséjour watershed inter-sectoral committee.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/24] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]

A local bamboo consultant will be engaged in early 2019 to address the bamboo issue. A reforestation action plan will be developed by the established intersectoral committee.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire bamboo consultant
[Added: 2018/11/15] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP and Project Management Unit 2019/09 Initiated Sustainable Forest Management activities include input of bamboo consultant. The TOR for this has been drafted and activity is planned for commencement by 01/06/19 History
8. Recommendation:

CSA/SLM activities (e.g., awareness raising) need to be accelerated to increase outreach using an integrated program formulation (objective, activities, expected results and planning for 24 months, M&E plan, stakeholders’ role definition) involving Forestry, Extension and beneficiaries.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

 The TOR for the Beausejour Watershed Management Plan is being revised to make the current draft a more comprehensive plan. The recommended actions will be taken into account in the revision process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise the draft Beausejour Watershed Management Plan
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP and Project Management Unit 2018/12 Completed The Watershed Management Plan revision has been completed History
9. Recommendation:

It is recommended that relationships with relevant ongoing projects, activities and systems be formalised as a platform to pursue greater complementarities (such as cost-sharing) with other interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

Based on the list of relevant interventions provided as part of the MTR report, a stakeholder engagement plan will be developed and MOUs with partner organisations established as necessary.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A stakeholder mapping exercise and engagement plan will be developed.
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP and Project Management Unit 2019/06 Initiated History
10. Recommendation:

Sustainable strategic partnerships need to be developed and existing ones strengthened for the expansion of the project's education and awareness activities (Junior Ranger, Reef Guardian and summer camp programme).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

A recruitment process will be launched to fill the vacancy created by the departure of the Forestry Education Coordinator. Once the new coordinator has come onboard, potential partnerships with external organisations, including GAEA and SGU, will be sought.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Recruit a new Forestry Education Coordinator
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2018/11/15]
UNDP and Project Management Unit 2018/10 Completed New coordinator came on board in August 2018 History
Identify and engage third-party organisations to explore and develop strategic partnerships
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
Project Management Unit 2019/06 Initiated History
11. Recommendation:

Expand the environmental education/awareness activities the project is supporting, particularly in the area of internships and media products.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]

The project will expand the education activities through 2019.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As part of the Annual Work Plan for 2019, the project will support environmental education internships in partnership between universities/community colleges and PAs and the launch of weekly media engagement (TV and/or radio) on environmental issues of relevance to the Project
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
Project Management Unit and Project Steering Committee 2019/08 Initiated To be initiated in May History
12. Recommendation:

An exit strategy should be developed to cover the education activities, SLM replication through model farm/composting unit (multi-purpose use) with NEFO, regular pollution monitoring through supporting relevant institution (e.g. NAWASA) and coral nurseries (business plan based on UNEP’s experience e.g. volunteer tourism, dive tours, partnerships with hotels, etc.)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

Exit strategies for the areas highlighted will be discussed and agreed upon by the PSC in 2019.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop exit strategies for Education, SLM replication, pollution monitoring and coral nurseries.
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2018/11/19]
Project Management Unit and Steering Committee 2019/06 Initiated History
13. Recommendation:

It is recommended to contract a consultant to support both Government staff and local associations directly involved in watershed management to implement activities in a gender-adapted fashion so as to increase women inclusiveness in the R2R approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

The Intersectoral Committee will discuss how best to implement activities for watershed management in a gender-responsive manner with potential support from the UNDP Gender Focal Point

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Intersectoral Committee to discuss gender-responsive watershed management approaches
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
Project Management Unit 2019/06 Initiated History
14. Recommendation:

Strengthen the Steering committee by integrating project oversight best practice and expanding its membership include representatives of the Grenada Sustainable Development Fund, the Academic community (SGU would seem to be a logical choice as they have a Marine Biology Department),  a key NGO focused on biodiversity conservation and the private sector.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

The TOR for the PSC will be revisited and the recommended PSC composition discussed at the next PSC meeting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The TOR for the PSC will be revisited and the recommended PSC composition discussed at the next PSC meeting.
[Added: 2018/09/25]
Steering Committee 2018/06 Completed
15. Recommendation:

An orientation should be given to the PB. This orientation should include a solid overview of the project and the focus of project activities during the second “half” of the project as per MTR recommendations, the responsibilities of PB members and of all other parties, expectations of PB members, agreed procedures (sharing of minutes, comment periods, what types of decisions can and cannot be taken without PB review, attendance requirements, etc.).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

If the PSC decides on its reconstitution, an orientation will be provided to the reconstituted PSC.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct an orientation for the PSC
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/21]
UNDP and Steering Committe 2018/12 Completed The PSC orientation was completed. History
16. Recommendation:

Rebuild the Results Framework based on the same objective and outcomes but with improved indicators and target descriptions that reflect MTR recommendations regarding what the Project should do henceforth. Seek the involvement of the CTA to undertake this exercise.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

Revision of the Project Results Framework will be proposed by the CTA at the next PSC meeting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise the Project Results Framework
[Added: 2018/09/25]
Steering Committee and Project Management Unit 2018/06 Completed
17. Recommendation:

It is recommended that in the absence of a form Technica Advisory Committee, the Project engage technical expertise to discuss matters where technical inputs may be required by the Steering Committee in determining what the Project should or should not do.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

The required technical expertise may be integrated into the Steering Committee based on the pending proposal to reconsitute and strengthen the same.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Steering Comittee to decide on its potential reconstitution
[Added: 2018/09/25]
Steering Comittee 2018/06 Completed New members attended Sept meeting
18. Recommendation:

It is recommended that a transportation budget be assigned for the Project Team to support site visits for implementation and monitoring activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

It will need to be determined how best to assign a transport budget to Project Management Unit.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Determine methodology for determining a transport budget for the PMU.
[Added: 2018/10/29] [Last Updated: 2018/11/15]
UNDP & Project Management Unit 2018/10 Completed Methodology to claim transport expenses identified and communicated to PMU; Based on the 2018 Q4 record, 2019 budget to be determined History
19. Recommendation:

Begin tracking and reporting on co-financing as per GEF requirements.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

Practical ways to track and report on co-financing will need to be determined.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Determine the way to track and report on co-financing
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2018/11/15]
Ministry of Climate Resilience et al. and Project Management Unit 2018/10 Completed Methodologies for tracking and reporting co-financing determined and agreed upon History
20. Recommendation:

The government should take immediate action to address its counterpart contribution in order for the Project to be able to succeed. This would require at a minimum the appointment of several additional rangers as well as a Director of National Parks and Protected Areas within three months to allow the Project a realistic chance to implement activities agreed as per the PRODOC and to meet its objectives. Provision for recurrent costs associated with travel, fuel and other basic needs to allow for the proper undertaking of their responsibilities is equally critical to the success of the Project.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

The government will consider the possibility of increasing its counterpart contribution as recommended.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Government to consider increasing its counterpart contribution
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/04/12]
Ministry of Climate Resilience et al. 2018/12 Canceled PSC to further discuss this recommendation at next meeting on Dec 4. History
21. Recommendation:

Regarding Project support for infrastructure, it is recommended that the project refrain from providing any further support until the Operational Guidelines for Morne Gazo are finalized. If these are in keeping with the original intended purpose of the building on the basis of which Project funds were provided, the Project may continue to support other infrastructure development (e.g. Interpretation Centres) but in all cases this support should be exclusively directed at infrastructure for PAs (as stipulated in the PRODOC) and only for those PAs that have been legally declared.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

The recommendation that any infrastructure development under the project should be aligned with its objectives is duly noted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Carefully examine the purposes of future infrastructure development under the project
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
Project Steering Committee, PMU 2019/08 Initiated Steering Committee to further discuss infrastructure development History
22. Recommendation:

If key issues are addressed within the next ten months, a no-cost extension of 12 months should be considered.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

The possibility of conducting an independent extraordinary review will be considered. Depending on its findings, a project no-cost extension may be requested.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will request a no-cost extension, pending the outcome of the extraordinary review
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/21]
UNDP 2019/08 Initiated History
23. Recommendation:

Given the overall ratings assigned to this Project which indicate serious issues, a recommendation is made that UNDP consider an independent extraordinary review within one year of this MTR (and preferably before end of 2018) to monitor how the MTR recommendations are being implemented, to troubleshoot as may be required, and to advise at that time whether a project extension is warranted.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/25]

The possibility of conducting an independent extraordinary review will be considered.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct an independent extraordinary review
[Added: 2018/09/25] [Last Updated: 2019/05/07]
UNDP 2019/09 Initiated History

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