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Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in tourism sector (BITS)
Commissioning Unit: Jordan
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Jordan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation:

Corrective actions for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/13]

UNDP agrees with immediate implementation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Project manager for future project has to be early involved in order to participate in the project development process
[Added: 2018/12/13]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed This action might not be feasible as recruitment process of the PM usually starts after the PRO DOC signature and based on competitive process. History
1.2 Highlight the lesson learned from previous projects, and mainstream them within the new and future ones.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/06/04]
UNDP 2019/05 Completed Lessons learned from other regional and mainstreaming projects are being incorporated into project designs. History
1.3 Avoid biological indicators, even though they look reasonable but they are difficult to monitor and evaluation.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/04/01]
UNDP 2019/03 Completed Using biological indicators to measure performance, progress and impact in GEF projects is rarely appropriate. Proxy indicators are much more practicable, they are more sensitive and there is likely a closer, demonstrable, correlation between an intervention and any change in indicator status. History
1.4 increase the % cap for the project management, mainstreaming project needs time and effort to produce the need impact, addressing adaptive challenges requires trying solutions that are new and maybe quite different.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/04/01]
UNDP 2019/03 Completed TE agrees with this in as much as the PCU was not technically challenged, it was just under-resourced financially, materially and in its headcount. History
2. Recommendation:

Actions to Follow Up or Reinforce Initial Benefits from the Project

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/13]

UNDP will follow up with its partners the sustainability of the project`s interventions and offer support whenever possible.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 A number of the project interventions that have been begun by the project will require a home after the project’s closure. It’s very important that UNDP office shall provide follow up on that interventions.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/06/04]
UNDP 2019/05 Completed UNDP GEF MSB Project which will take on a number of initiatives started by the BITS History
2.2. wherever possible to find the chance to upscale the not developed initiatives through other projects or existing government programmes.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/04/01]
UNDP 2019/03 Completed there were several attempts to upscale these initiatives through: • the UNDP GEF MSB Project which will take on a number of initiatives started by the BITS project; o linking the certification / labelling schemes to avoid duplication and confusion (MTR and management response recommendation : The need to move ahead with Certification and ‘Green Labelling’ in the tourism sector; o jointly agreeing legacy arrangements for other BITS project achievements; • land use planning at the municipal level beyond the project’s selected sites with MOMA; • other UNDP initiatives such as the Country Office livelihood and social cohesion initiatives; • the UNDP environment project RIO “Mainstreaming RIO Convention’s Provision’s in National Sectoral Policies of Jordan”; History
2.3 UNDP should consider setting up a working group to examine how biodiversity and ecosystem resilience can be mainstreamed into other sectors of the economy such as infrastructure, agriculture and the extraction industries with clear cause and effect linkages to, health, ecosystem services delivery, and the fiscus.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/06/04]
UNDP 2019/05 Completed Mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem mainstreaming is being taken in to consideration through initiation phases in relevant projects. History
3. Recommendation:

Proposals for Future Directions Underlining Main Objectives

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/13]

UNDP will take into consideration the below listed recommendations in future projects` formulation processes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 To develop Scenario planning approach which can be applied to complex situations and also as a means to affect the cognitive processes of participants, in other words it can change the way people think about a problem.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/04/01]
UNDP and future implementing partners 2019/03 Completed Scenario planning does not replace conventional planning. Rather it helps the participants to place their plans in the complex and unpredictable context of the system and project those plans into the future. For a country like Jordan with numerous environment projects operational at any one time, scenario planning, as a donor-government initiative, could serve to bring these initiatives together. History
3.2. develop more project documents that, mainstream biodiversity conservation in different sector not only one like tourism, in this way more holistic and diverse approaches could be used.
[Added: 2018/12/13] [Last Updated: 2019/06/04]
UNDP with future partners 2019/05 Completed several concept notes have been prepared, couple of then are in the stage of be becoming project documents. Several areas and diverse approaches of biodiversity are planned to be targeted through these projects. History

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