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Mid-term evaluation of the project “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan”
Commissioning Unit: Turkmenistan
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Turkmenistan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Accelerate the work on the remaining 2 pilots (solar power-based water supply and purification systems in Karakum and identification of new canal materials with subsequent support on starting local production)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is partially accepted. UNDP CO will intensify the work on the pilots. However, project will not hire international consultant for this activity, as international consultant on renewables Robert Pasicko was involved in the work on solar powered installations in Karakum. He will be further engaged for guiding the operation of the systems.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Solar power-driven water supply and purification systems will be installed in two villages of Karakum desert by the end of 2018. 3rd renewable energy installation powered by possibly combined wind-solar system (once equipment donated) will be designed and installed in cooperation with the Sun Institute.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2020/01 Initiated Technical documentation for the tender is ready. Tender will be announced by mid-September History
1.2. International Consultant on canal lining who will guide national experts on market research, identification of the suitable materials and testing of these potential materials will be hired by the end of 2018 to have sufficient time for proper testing of anti-filtration materials during 2019.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/01/10]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2020/01 Completed -ToR for IC on canal lining is being developed by PM to be posted by end of September 2018. -updated on 11/01/2019: The IC was hired in Dec 2018. History
1.3. Project end target to be revised to “technical and economic specifications for the production lines (2) of new lining materials are prepared” instead of “2 production lines operational and 400 km lined.” Besides, the RRF needs to be improved including removing repeating indicators and overlaps, choosing the indicators for training, incorporating indicators to capture institutional reform.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/03/28]
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub 2019/06 Initiated updated on 28 March 2019: Project Board approved revision of certain RRF indicators during recent meeting in Feb 2019. Revised matrix will be prepared with support of recently hired ICTA and communicated to IRH History
2. Recommendation:

Accelerate the work on Components 3 and Component 4.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

This recommendation is generally accepted and addressed through the actions below.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. For Output 3.1. on TAPs, the project team will assess the suitability of using FAO’s AquaCrop model and if justified, conduct training for the national experts involved in this activity.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/01/07]
Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/09 Initiated -The project team will meet SCRL project specialists who has certain experience in AquaCrop modelling. -The EERE project team discussed with SCRL project specialists who has certain experience in AquaCrop modelling possible ways of cooperation. SCRL project agreed to share experience and teach how to use the model and test the model based on the data of pilot sites. Besides, EERE project hydraulic engineer was nominated to FAO training on AquaCrop to be held in Jan. He will be leading expert on data collection for this work. History
2.2. For Outputs 3.2 and 3.3., the project will develop the Capacity Development Programme for national stakeholders and establish cooperation with the Ministry of Education to collaborate on revision of the curricula at the higher educational institutions.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/12 Not Initiated Ministry of Education will be invited to the Project Board meeting to re-establish relations with the project.
2.3. For Output 4.1 on regulations, the project team will meet national experts in water and energy to discuss benefits of revision of related building codes (SNIPs) aiming at improving standards and specifications of water pumps, as well as regular energy audits of water stations and support their revision (ideally with the support of an international consultant). Possibility of improvement of existing “Regulation of technical operation of the electric facilities of consumers” will be also considered/discussed. Estimated GHG emission effect of applying newly developed/revised regulations/norms will be taken into consideration in discussions with national experts.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/01/07]
Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/12 Initiated -IC on GHG emission reduction D. Halubouski is already working on estimation of GHG emission effect of applying the already developed drafts of national regulations. -EERE project specialists discussed with national water, agriculture and energy experts (designers and practitioners) how to increase energy-efficiency in the water sector. Based on the discussions and recommendations, the project will develop building codes for irrigation pump units, drip and sprinkler irrigation systems to increase rational use of water and promote reduction of GHG emission. The project will use Geokdepe research site experience in this work. History
2.4.1. For Output 4.2 on the “Program for water measurement”, the project will select demo sites and technical designs and installation of the measurement by the end of 2018.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/01/07]
EERE Project team 2019/06 Initiated -Project is already working on selection of two pilot sites in (i) Ahal regions and (ii) Dashoguz region based on two main climatic conditions of the country. -To select two demo sites/farms for water measurements, EERE project reached preliminary agreement with neighbouring farmers of its Geokdepe pilot site and SCRL project which has a pilot site in northern Dashoguz region. History
2.4.2. For Output 4.2, it is recommended to amend the end line target with words “Programme for water measurement and Payment”, to be clear that it will contain a tariff methodology for irrigation.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/03/28]
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub 2019/06 Initiated Updated on 28 March 2019: Project Board approved revision of certain RRF indicators during recent meeting in Feb 2019. Revised matrix will be prepared with support of recently hired ICTA and communicated to IRH. History
2.5. For Output 4.3 “Policy framework under the Water Code to support widespread deployment of low-water irrigation, canal linings, and enhanced drainage nationwide”, the project will formally submit the recommended targets for investment and deployment on the “Required budget allocations” to the Government based on technical assessment, financial justifications, environment considerations.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/12 Not Initiated Recommendations on drip and sprinkler irrigation systems can be submitted soon, but canal lining recommendations need at least one year of piloting within the project.
2.6. For Output 4.4. on the recommendations for administrative reform in IWRM/SLM, the project team will meet national water and agriculture experts to discuss possible improvement/revision of two regulations on: redefining agency roles; and planning targets to emphasize integration, optimization, and sustainability of IWRM.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/01/07]
Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/12 Initiated EERE project specialists discussed with national water, agriculture and legal experts potential ways of improvement/revision of agency roles for IWRM. It was agreed that EERE project will partner with Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC) that is planning to work on promotion of IWRM principles within its joint USAID-CAREC project “Water, education and cooperation”. History
3. Recommendation:

Ensure that the “mitigation” aspects of the project are addressed adequately, on par with the adaptation goals.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

This recommendation is accepted and addressed through the actions below. It should be noted that results of electric audit of pumps were shared with national experts at the workshop. All significant results of the project will be shared with national stakeholders. International GHG consultant is on board to provide specific recommendations on measures that the project should take in addressing the mitigation targets.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. The project will promote knowledge sharing on energy aspects of the project with relevant local specialists and university students.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team, Communication Associate 2019/09 Initiated The project will conduct a series of hands-on training for water and energy engineers, farmers and students at Geokdepe research site and other pilot regions. Besides, printing materials with project’s results and lessons learnt will be prepared for distribution to stakeholders History
4. Recommendation:

Ensure regular and rigorous monitoring and documenting results and lessons for the already completed Pilots in Geokdepe and Kaahka

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted. Project has already started monitoring of preliminary results and compilation of lessons learnt.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 The project will continue utilization of already established mechanisms of monitoring at Geokdepe and Kaahka sites with proper documentation of results and lessons learnt to serve as material for future trainings.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/12 Initiated National consultants are already working on monitoring of results and compilation of lessons learnt.
5. Recommendation:

Ensure that adequate measures are in place to record and achieve the planned GHG reductions

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is partially accepted as the project already have international consultant who guide project team in taking relevant measures for GHG reduction monitoring.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. The project will continue data collection to measure actual GHG reduction resulting from project interventions.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
EERE Project team 2019/12 Initiated Project team collects required data for GHG emission monitoring and will continue this practice under guidance of IC. History
6. Recommendation:

Ensure adequate staffing. Hire (a) an CTA and (b) an additional staff to work on Components 3.1, 4.3 and 4.4; as well as (c) engage a communications intern, supporting specifically EERE.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted as the project has already considered to hire additional consultants for certain outputs. Communications intern supporting specifically EERE has already working with project team

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. The project will hire ICTA for overall guidance, support and monitoring of project progress and national consultants for certain outputs as required.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/03/26]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/03 Completed -The ICTA was hired in March 2019. History
7. Recommendation:

Enlarge the scope of the stakeholders the project works with directly/consults. The stakeholder engagement plan from the ProDoc should serve as a guide.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. The project will invite national stakeholders to the Project Board meeting to inform them on project progress and try to engage to relevant project activities.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/03/28]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/03 Completed All national stakeholders were invited to the recently held Project Board meeting in Feb 2019. During the meeting PM reported the progress in achievement of project targets and encouraged national agencies to increase cooperation with the project. History
8. Recommendation:

Improve Planning, monitoring and reporting

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. The Project Manager under guidance of Programme Specialist will improve quality of reports, use better monitoring and planning tools.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2020/12 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Improve internal and external communications.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted. The project will use various means to share project results and lessons learnt

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1. The project will develop a comprehensive Communications and Knowledge sharing Plan to benefit diverse stakeholders, including Project Board members and GEF Regional Center.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team, Communication Associate 2019/06 Not Initiated Communication Associate and Intern will help with creation of information materials/visibility
10. Recommendation:

Rationalize Budget allocations by using breakdown by fiscal years (as in Inception report) and along the priorities identified in MTR.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1. Project Manager will look carefully to the remaining budget figures when prioritizing recommendations of MTR.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/01/07]
EERE Project team 2018/12 Completed Project Manager looked closely to remaining budget and priority activities based on recommendations of MTR and made breakdown by fiscal years. History
11. Recommendation:

Develop close synergies with other development agencies and projects working in related fields

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted. The project team will establish regular information exchange with development projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1. The project will look at the opportunities for partnerships with various development agencies as well as UNDP/GEF projects in the Arab States to share experience and work together on similar issues.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/01/10]
EERE Project team 2019/12 Initiated GIZ, USAID, EU funded projects and similar UNDP/GEF projects in the Arab States. -updated on 11/01/2019:Project team met with projects of some donors operating in Turkmenistan, including FAO, EU, USAID and similar UNDP/GEF funded projects and agreed to work together on similar issues. History
12. Recommendation:

Extend the project for 18 months given the delays and the sheer ambition of the current project design if there are available budget resources for no-cost extension

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is accepted but will be carefully considered closer to the end of project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1. The project will try to accelerate implementation of delaying activities to complete the project within initially indicated timeframe. However, UNDP CO will consider the no-cost project extension issue within next 1-2 year based on the project progress.
[Added: 2018/09/07]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2020/06 Not Initiated
13. Recommendation:

Explore closer engagement of UNDP in the development of the Water Development Program (WDP2018-2024): this could potentially help boost the level of national ownership over the 4 policy frameworks - yet to be developed. Also engage with MAWE more closely and at high levels to ensure strong buy in as a crucial element for mainstreaming (policy frameworks and regulations) and Government complying with the committed financial. Consider requesting that MAWE nominates a Deputy Minister for NPC

Management Response: [Added: 2018/09/07]

Recommendation is partially accepted. It should be noted, however, that the WDP is not a policy document, but rather work plan with certain activities, timeframes and budget allocations. The project will contribute to implementation of the WDP by sharing hopefully successful results of its pilot activities on low-water irrigation and canal lining. Improvement of policy framework currently implemented and will be continued through revision of existing and development of new regulations and norms.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1. The issue of closer engagement of UNDP with the MAWE will be considered along with the possible request to nominate MAWE Deputy Minister for NPC position instead of Head of International Cooperation Department.
[Added: 2018/09/07] [Last Updated: 2019/03/28]
UNDP CO, Environment Portfolio, EERE Project team 2019/03 Completed Updated on 28 March 2019: UNDP in its official NV of Feb 2019 requested the State Water Committee to nominate a high-level official (Deputy Minister or at least Department Head) to NPC position. Water Committee, however, again assigned Head of Division to this responsible post. UNDP will further continue trying to engage State Water Committee to meaningful activities within the project. History

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