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Mid-Term Review Strengthening the Marine Protected Areas to Conserve Marine Key Biodiversity Areas (SmartSeas) Project
Commissioning Unit: Philippines
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Philippines
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1. Project manager and PMU to focus on establishment of 4,412 km2 and inclusion in an expanded national PA system which includes both NIPAS and non-NIPAS protected areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2018/08/14]

Agrees with the recommendation of the MTR. The Project recognizes the need to include locally managed MPAs and MPA networks (MPAN) in expanded national PA system with clear mechanism through policy and institutional support. This recommendation is critical in developing the National Policy Framework on the Establishment and Management of Marine Protected Area Netowrk (MPAN)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 At the local level, the project will focus on the completion and approval of a MOA establishing an MPAN between constituent MPAs of adjacent coastal municipalities and cities and the adoption of the same MOA by all partner local government units through their respective municipal and city resolutions, which will serve as the legal binding agreement in the establishment and management of the MPAN.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/05]
CIPFi, KKPFI and Haribon Foundation 2019/01 Completed Completion and approval of MOA between constituent MPAs to the MPAN- COMPLETED. The last one was Davao Gulf. The MOA was signed in November 2018. History
1.2 At the national level, once the MPAN Policy Framework is finalized, the project will facilitate the adoption by the DENR, DA-BFAR, and DILG of the MPAN Framework through the issuance of a Join Administrative Order (JAO). The project will work towards the elevation of the JAO into higher forms of policy instruments such as the issuance of an Executive Order (EO) or passing of a Republic Act (RA) in consideration of the risks therein. This undertaking will be facilated by the PMU, following the lead of the abovementioned agencies. It is important to note that the MPAN Policy Framework, at the minimum, should be consistent and aligned with relevant laws such as the RA 7160 (Local Government Code) , RA 10654 (Revised Fishery Code), and RA 11038 (Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas Act) and the PA System Master Plan of DENR-BMB.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU 2020/03 Not Initiated
1.3 Intensify the information dissemination, education, and campaign activities of the project. Output of the projects include a popularized version of different science-based materials including the connectivity study and the MPAN Toolkit for LGUs and people's organization so that they will have better appreciation and understanding of the benefits and different dimensions of establishing an MPAN and the need to invest in conserving the coastal and marine resources, and develop needed local ordinances to promote conservation of marine biodiversity.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU, Responsible Partners, DENR and BFAR 2020/03 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2. Capacity development on administration of METT and capacity development scorecard: standardization and documentation.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

The project noted the findings of the MTR regarding the conduct of METT and GEF Capacity scoring which the MTR consultants viewed as subjective. In order to minimize, if not avoid, the subjective scoring of METT and GEF Capacity Scores, there should be consistency in the scoring and one of the keys is to improve the facilitation. In this regard, the project will priortize the conduct of a Training of Trainers (ToT) on METT administration. The ToT will involve staff from the DENR regional offices and LGUs managing MPAs and networks.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Within DENR, the project will conduct an assessment among the staff to determine what are the skills needed to improve facilitating METT Scoring and Compentency Standard.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2018/09/16]
PMU 2018/09 Completed History
2.2 The Project will conduct capacity development on METT Scoring and GEF capacity scorecard. The PMU will hold a training of trainors (ToT) during the 3rd quarter of 2018. During the terminal scoring of METT and GEF Capacity Scorecard upon end-of project, those who were trained should be the ones to facilitate the METT.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2019/01/04]
PMU 2018/12 Completed A ToT on MPA METT was conducted last 17-21 September 2018 in Cebu City. Participants included representatives from the protected area management board (PAMB) and local partners. History
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3. Better administration and documenting of capacity development based on actual delivery of quality outputs (e.g. management plans and field enforcement) and METT

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

The Project accepts the recommendation of the MTR. Key action should focus on how to ensure that the intervention of the Project through series of technical assistance and capacity development efforts will translate into MPA management plan and implementation. It is equally important for the project to review and assess the draft MPA and MPAN management plans .

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 The PMU will evaluate the draft MPA management plans including business and financial plans to determine if the minimum requirements were met based on the Technical Bulletin No. 2017-08 of BMB as guide in the evaluating the plans.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU 2018/07 Completed
3.2 The Project will expedite the completion of the Competency Standard. This will be used by the Project and DENR in assessing the capacity needs of the DENR regional field staff and LGU MPA practitioners.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2018/09/16]
PMU 2018/09 Completed History
3.3 Consultation with RPs regarding the result of the review will be conducted. Weaknesses of MPA management plans will be addressed through a writeshop/workshop.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/05]
PMU 2019/12 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4. Strongly advocate enforcement of regulations in MPAs and in MPAN areas in between MPAs, through IEC, including buoys and signs of MPAs, and advocacy work with LGUs together with appeals for financial commitment (outcome 2)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

Agrees with the recommendation of the MTR. Lobbying for policy support in MPAN – there needs to be a strong advocacy work to support the formulation and passing MPAN policy, both at the national and site levels

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Advocacy works include the following: • IEC on strong law enforcement • Explore partnership with telecommunication network to strengthen coordination in enforcement between and among LGUs and PNP Maritime Group. • Invite enforcement core stakeholders per site in consultation, which can lead to a bigger meeting involving other agencies, CSOs, etc. • develop IEC materials on Financial Sustainability highlighting the value of ecosystem services to communities • Revisit communication plan of RPs and PMU and implement appropriate action to strengthen the campaigsn work at the site level
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU, Responsible Partners, DENR and BFAR 2020/03 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5.Monitor LGU budget for MPAs and advocate for its increase, by pointing at distribution of ecosystem service values supported by the MPAs. RPs should select and focus on five best examples for the development of realistic business opportunities, including 1) low cost/ low risk ecotourism ventures 2) joint ventures/ cooperation with established businesses

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

This will be done by the Project since this is the one of the outputs under Outcome 2 - Sustainable Financing.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 The Project will monitor the budget allocation of LGUs for MPAs and advocate for its increase. To increase the appreciation and understanding of LGU leaders and other key decision makers, the Project will highlight the ecosystem service value supported by MPAs. This will form part of the overall communications and campaigns plan of the project. Result of the return of investment (ROI) study conducted by the Project will be used in advocating the financial and economic returns in establishing and managing an MPA/MPAN.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU, Responsible Partners 2019/07 Overdue-Not Initiated
5.2 To expedite the Implementation of BDFEs, the following sub-activities will be prioritized by the project: • May 2018 – PMU to identify the final list of feasible livelihoods in five sites with financial and business plans. • June to July 2018 – Hiring of business development service providers • August 2018 to July 2019 – establishment of operational business enterprises (five sites)
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU, Responsible Partners 2019/07 Overdue-Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6.Pilot implementation, improved DENR and BFAR mechanisms, and sharing of good practices on MPAN policy which should include identification of scientifically-based needs (e.g. to considerably increase area of no-take zones and/or decrease in fishing effort) to reach sustainability.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

The Project agrees with the recommendations of the MTR. Some of these are already being taken up by the Project including consultation with BFAR and DILG.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 BMB and BFAR have recently signed a MOA to affirm the commitment of the two agencies to work together for integrated, science-based, and sustainable management of coastal, marine and freshwater environments and the resources for sustainable fisheries, biodiveristy conservation, and climate resilience. At the minimum, the Project will facilitate the meeting between the two agencies as a venue for discussion and resolution of issues and concerns. Other activities including live summits, fora, and other events will also be held to promote greater partnership and cooperation.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU 2020/03 Not Initiated
6.2 In terms of development and implementation of local and national policies, the National Policy Consultant will be present and provide inputs when discussing with RPs the quality and validity of legal instruments in the sites.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2018/09/16]
PMU 2018/09 Completed History
6.3 Support lobbying or passage of existing bill on MPAN and holding of consultations with different stakeholders to gather support in passing the bill. IEC activities and materials are already included in the overall IEC plan.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU 2020/03 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7.Harness the extensive complementary experience of the RP partnership to develop joint knowledge products to provide guidance (e.g. on MPA and MPAN management and financial planning, on MPAN ordinances, behaviour change communication, enforcement, bio-physical assessment and monitoring, etc.) for replication and upscaling

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

The Project agrees with the recommendations of the MTR.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Development of compendium of good practices focusing on three (3) outcomes of the project, storyline of each site, climate change adaptation/disaster risk reduction mainstreaming and women and IP participation will be highlighted.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU, Responsible Partners 2019/07 Overdue-Not Initiated
7.2 Planning and implementation tools developed by the Project will have a popularized versions so that even the LGUs, people's organization and coastal communities can use these in the establishment and management of their MPAs/MPANs.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU, Responsible Partners 2019/07 Overdue-Not Initiated
7.3 The Project will hold an MPA Summit to present and discuss good practices from the five project sites. The MPA Summit will also include attendance of adjacent LGUs who should also capacitated in managing their own MPAs/MPANs effectively. In addition to this, the project will partner with DA-BFAR in the conduct of regional fora.
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU 2019/07 Overdue-Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8. PMU to improve knowledge management system (KMS), with strong support from UNDP to set-up an evidence-based and more objective M&E database system at least including the indicators of the project log-frame.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

The Project agrees with the recommendations of the MTR. Some of the actions were already being undertaken by the project like the establishment of database management system.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Design/improve database based on the results framework but should ensure that it can be sustained by BMB. KMS will include reporting, data analyses, good practices, etc.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2018/09/16]
PMU 2018/09 Completed History
8.2 Development of knowledge products, particularly publicatios –MPAN Toolkit, GIS Module, Competency Standard, M&E Framework, Compendium of Good Practice on MPA/N, Result of Connectivity Study (including policy brief for target champions and bill sponsors), etc.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2019/07/28]
PMU 2019/09 Initiated The project has already initiated the devt of some knowledge products such as MPAN tool kit, M&E framework, competency standards, etc. History
9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9. Project could be extended till end of 2020 to consolidate policy outcome (Outcome 3) and knowledge management system and dissemination, after ending field phase as expected by mid-2019

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

The Project agrees with the recommendations of the MTR. Extension and exit plans will be prioritized by the project to be completed by 2018.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 The Project will develop its exit plan/sustainability plan that will cover the planning period of July 2018 - December 2023.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2018/09/16]
PMU, Responsible Partners, DENR and BFAR 2018/09 Completed History
9.2 The project will prepare its extension plan covering August 2019 to July 2020 (physical); August 2020 to December 2020 (financial) which shall be submitted to GEF, through UNDP.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2018/09/16]
PMU, Responsible Partners, DENR and BFAR 2018/09 Completed History
10. Recommendation:

Recommendation 10. Responsible Partners (RPs) to advocate with local stakeholders, specially LGUs and business operators on need to increase protected area cover (such as in Narra municipality in SP) to increase likelihood of sustainable MPA ecological and social outcomes, and press for improved financial flows for MPAs.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/08/14]

The recommendation is accepted by the Project. In order for the project to sustain its gains, the focus for the remaining months include improvement of capacities of MPA management councils to engage more stakeholders; to formulate MPA management plans and financial plans; capacity to implement, monitor, and evaluate their plans; and to continously advocate the importance of conserving and protecting their coastal and marine resources to improve the commitment by LGUs financially and politically.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 The Project will hold an MPA Summit in the fourth qaurter of 2018. The summit will bring together MPA managers from the project sites, partners from the local and national government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, and private sector working on protection and conservation of the coastal and marine environment. This will be the venue for partners to exchange experiences, innovative ideas and community-based initiatives to enhance effectiveness of marine protected areas and scaling up to MPA networks, strengthen the science-policy interphase and integration at all scales, increase networking, and foster local and national collaborations.
[Added: 2018/08/14] [Last Updated: 2019/01/04]
PMU, Responsible Partners, DENR and BFAR 2018/12 Completed Instead of an MPA Summit, the project held a Partners’ Forum in Davao City on 8-11 October 2018. The activity provided the same learning platform to relevant stakeholders. History
10.2 The Project will work closely with CMD-BMB to sustain the gains of the project through flagship project of the DENR on Coastal and Marine (CMEMP).
[Added: 2018/08/14]
PMU, CMD-BMB-DENR 2020/07 Not Initiated

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