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Mid-Term Review: Maximizing carbon sink capacity and concerving biodiversity through sustainable conservation, restoration, and management of peat swamp ecosystems.
Commissioning Unit: Thailand
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Thailand
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Ensure that UNDP, ONEP and RECOFTC have a shared understanding of the approaches being used to achieve the project's outcomes and targets.

There was limited understanding within UNDP and ONEP of how the numerous activities that RECOFTC had underway were combining to deliver the project's high-level outcomes. Much of the quarterly reporting focuses on activities rather than outcomes, which is partly why this understanding is low. After a verbal briefing of the strategic context for RECOFTC's activities, the MTR team was impressed with the “big picture” that was described. It is important that this strategic view is communicated to other project parties and documented. The MTR team recommends that a workshop between the three parties is held with the specific purpose of achieving this shared understanding; graphic tools, such as simple flowcharts or “mind maps” that show the connections between the activities and outcomes, should be used. The quarterly reporting should be changed to place more emphasis on progress towards outcomes and less emphasis on activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/26] [Last Updated: 2019/08/26]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project staff has been gradually understood synergy between OPs and activities and how these OPs contributing to the project's outcomes. Each project staff will be trained how to prepare monthly and quarterly output-based report. The project designed its programmatic structure in simple versions for communication with project staff and responsible parties. Monthly and quarterly meeting among relevant parties help updating the progress and design for any adaptive actions for individual OP.
[Added: 2019/08/26] [Last Updated: 2020/07/08]
RECOFTC/ ONEP/UNDP 2020/06 Completed The quaterly report has been improved. Please find the Q1/2020 attached. History
2. Recommendation:

Establish a delivery mechanism for implementation of the recommendations from the hydrological modelling, with the engagement of relevant line agencies as a matter of very high priority

The activities in Output 2.1 to manage water levels to re-wet peat across 4,600 ha are central to the achievement of Outcome 2, including the reduction of forest fires and the achievement of the ambitious GHG targets. Progress on implementing these changes is pending completion of hydrological modelling, and is expected to rely heavily on provincial agencies picking up the recommendations from this modelling. For this reason, the MTR team considered there to be a critical risk to the project if an effective mechanism is not developed soon for ensuring implementation of these water level changes. This should include consideration of how to convey the findings to key stakeholders.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/26]

RECOFTC and field team works closely with water management research team to put water management strategy from the water circulation model into pilot areas. Also, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife Conservation (DNP) commissioned the Prince Songkhla University to study water control measure in KKL. The findings will be revealed in Q4/2019.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Water modeling has been completed for calibration and verification with the existing operation by RID. Research team together with RID setting up the pilot model in 4 target sites for testing with involvement of local communities. Monitoring system will be in placed. The landscape task force has been regularly updated to ensure relevant agencies agree to provide inputs in testing the model.
[Added: 2019/08/26] [Last Updated: 2020/07/08]
RECOFTC/ONEP 2020/07 Initiated History

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