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Final Evaluation: Conserving Habitats for Globally Important Flora and Fauna in Production Landscapes
Commissioning Unit: Thailand
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 01/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Thailand
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Technical and other support should continue to be provided to the communities with endangered species learning centers in Samut Sakhon, Ranong and Phang Nga

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2020/05/30]

The project board agreed that it is important to seek additional funding to support the community’s conservation efforts both national and international sources of funds.  However, it depends on available resources from the government agencies to support the learning centers in 3 provinces. Technically speaking, IUCN (as the Responsible Party) is willing to support the learning centers and its operation with limited resources. Silapakorn University, Petchaburi campus is coordinating with the target sites on research and further supports that they can provide to boost the operation of community-based tourism groups, including enhancing the capacity of local communities on markets and promotion of the center

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Country Office will continue to support community-based tourism groups through a new partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/01/22]
Team Leaders of DGSA and IGSD, UNDP Thailand Country Office 2020/12 Completed This has been included into the issue for Thailand policy lab project funded by National Economic and Social Develooment Council (NESDC). Tourism Authority of Thailand is a key partner. History
2. Recommendation:

Communication channels that have been established between the three species components of the project should be maintained for learning and mutual support

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30]

Agreed. However, the ONEP (as an IP) need to consider means of maintaining the communication channel and main agency to facilitate the discussion and information sharing if needed.

So far, LINE group is active. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO continues working with ONEP, IUCN, Thailand Environment Institute, Silapakorn University, TAT.
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/01/22]
Programme Analysts of UNDP Thailand Country Office 2020/12 Completed UNDP is continue working with ONEP, IUCN, Thailand Environment Institute, and TAT on mainstreming biodiversity into the tourisym policy. History
3. Recommendation:

The provincial committees in each province that have been guiding this project should continue and be strengthened beyond the project, to ensure integration of the species’ requirements into provincial plans

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30]

Totally agreed. As for Water Onion in Ranong, it becomes a flagship species under the strategic plan of the province, which clearly reflected in the Provincial Decree. The Committee will be scaled up to the provincial level beyond the project and led by the Ranong Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE).

Phang Nga and Petchaburi: there is the provincial committee for Environmental Protected Areas, which could embrace the provincial committee of Water Onion in Phang Nga and Spoonbill Sand Piper (SBS) in Petchaburi.

Buriram and Samut Sakhon: There are working groups of City planning chaired by the provincial governor, therefore the provincial committee of Endangered Species and SBS could be integrated as a part of the working group of City planning through the lead of PONRE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue to follow up with PONRE
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/01/22]
ONEP 2020/12 Completed PoNRE in Ranong province and local community where is the water onion habitat keeps promoting water onion as a local tourisym destination. The governor and ONEP's Biodiversity Devision officers keep communication regulary. History
UNDP will keep a connection with the PRONE in the 3 provinces through other projects.
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/06/06]
Team Leaders and Programme Analyst of UNDP CO 2021/04 Completed Samut Sakhin and Phetchaburi provinces have been takend into the initiation plan for Mangrove Ecosystem Conservation and Management project funded by the Blue Carbon Society Association (BCS)--private sector. The PRONE for Ranong, Buriram, Samut Sakhon are connected with the formore project team members, ONEP (IP), UNDP Programme Analyst via LINE group. They History
4. Recommendation:

ONEP and PONRE should provide awareness-raising and training in the provinces to facilitate consideration of endangered species in provincial planning, using the learnings of this project

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2020/05/30]

Agreed. PONRE is the most practical governmental agency to prioritize and integrate endangered species into their provincial plan under PONRE to sure budget allocation for related activities at the local level, including awareness-raising and training courses to protect endangered species.

PONRE will need to collaborate with Sub-district Administration Organization to leverage policy and conservation schemes at local level to ensure conservation efforts and synergy with PONRE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
IUCN to continue communication with PoNRE
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/01/22]
ONEP 2020/12 Completed IUCN is continue promoting and coordinating with PoNRE and local community where water onion is in Ranong province. History
5. Recommendation:

The policy recommendations that have been developed by the Chief Technical Advisor should be presented to the wetlands management subcommittee

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30]

Agreed. ONEP, TEI, BCST, and IUCN worked together on policy recommendations by integrating recommendations from CTA into the policy paper finalized by ONEP. The policy recommendations had been proposed to the sub-national committee of wetland and received recommendations from the committee for the next steps of Cabinet’s approval.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To follow up the recommendations for cabinet submission
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/06/06]
ONEP 2021/04 Completed The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has transfered the wetland management mandate from ONEP to the Department of Water Resources. History
6. Recommendation:

The recommendations and knowledge from this project should be considered when developing the Draft Biodiversity Act

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30]

Agreed. ONEP has already integrated policy recommendations and project outputs and outcomes to the draft act of Biodiversity.  The comments from UNDP CO have well-received by ONEP - Biodiversity Management Bureau.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To seek for public consultation
[Added: 2020/05/30]
ONEP 2020/05 Completed UNDP CO has also encouraged Thailand Youth Biodiversity Network (TYBN) to provide construction comments to the draft Biodiversity Act. It has been submitted officially to ONEP.
7. Recommendation:

Ensure that the ‘legal framework and policy recommendations’ consider whether listing ES and critical habitats should become a legislative ‘trigger’ to influence other statutory processes, such as planning at provincial and local levels and environmental impact assessment (EIA) mechanisms, as described in the project document.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30]

Agreed. Conservation actions at the provincial level will be led by the Provincial Office of Natural Resource and Environment (PONRE), Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants (DNP), and local authorities, which require significant supports from ONEP and specialists in designing conservation plans and action. Status of selected 10 species under the project will be used as an example for improving the status of endangered species in the production landscape. ONEP (Thailand Red Data Division) is working on series on consultation workshops in 2020 to review the database of species in Thailand, including the conservation intervention needed to further protect the species at the national level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To ensure coordination between relevant authorities and communities
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/06/06]
ONEP 2021/04 Completed The inter-office coordination has been done under ONEP work. There is coordination mechanisym between ONEP and PoNRE through teh other projects and the ministry's communication. History
8. Recommendation:

Establish a standard approach to endangered species conservation and recovery planning

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30]

Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) has already completed conservation and recovery plan for Spoon Bill Sandpiper (SBS) and Water Onion in Samut Sakhon, Phang Nga and Ranong. However, it is only the endorsement for the principles of conservation. There is a need to further integrate the conservation and recovery plan in the PONRE’s annual strategic plan, as well as helping local authorities to develop their own plan at the local level based on the framework developed by BCST.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ONEP to present the Species Recovery Plan to the Permanent Secretary of MoNRE.
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/06/06]
ONEP 2021/12 Initiated History
9. Recommendation:

The community-based tourism management plan by Silpakorn University should be presented to the Provincial Advisory Committees and relevant sectoral agencies, such as the Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports and the Community Development Office, for consideration regarding support to the communities involved in the project

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2020/05/30]

Agreed. Community-based tourism works need continuous efforts to firmly established its operation. The synergy between community and provincial offices is needed to push the learning centers and its tourism activities forwards. Silapakorn University and IUCN can provide technical supports when the resources are available. Communities can jointly develop their strategic plans with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Department of Tourism, Sport, and Culture in the provinces. UNDP representative recommended connecting with the Biodiversity-Based Development Organization (BEDO)-Public Organization under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, for further conservation and sustainable utilization of natural resources at the local level, which included the tourism approach led by communities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To make a mutual understanding of the community-based tourism management plan among BEDO, TAT, and DOT and find collaboration area.
[Added: 2020/05/30] [Last Updated: 2021/01/22]
UNDP and BEDO 2021/12 Initiated History

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