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Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Chu and Talas River Basins
Commissioning Unit: Kyrgyzstan
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 04/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kyrgyzstan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Ideally, the project stakeholders, supported by UNDP, should hold a donor coordination meeting prior to the July inter-governmental meeting between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan at which the SAP will be discussed. The purpose of such a meeting would be to concretely confirm funding opportunities for SAP (Strategic Action plan) implementation. If it is not feasible to organize such a meeting (since any formal meeting would need to be organized by the respective ministries of foreign affairs from each country) then UNDP should continue proactive dialogue with key potential SAP funding partners in order to be able to communicate to the government in specific terms how much funding, and from which sources, will be available to support SAP implementation if the SAP is approved. This could include a draft PIF (Project identification form) for GEF-funding of SAP implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2018/11/20]

The SAP was endorsed by the 24th meeting of the CTWC (Chuy-Talas Water Commission) and the SAP was subject to further approval by the Governments of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and the recommendations is well noted for implementation.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support the CTWC (Chuy-Talas Water Commission) with approval of the SAP (Strategic Action Plan) document
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP, UNECE and CTWC 2019/05 No Longer Applicable [Justification: SAP (Strategic Action Plan) is pending approval of the Government due to the weak political will to prioritize approval of SAP. Nevertheless, UNDP will continue providing technical and advisory support to the CTWC with promoting the SAP. UNDP will monitor the situation and use any opportunity and platform to promote the SAP. ]
History
Support the CTWC (Chuy-Talas Water Commission) with preparations for the SAP (Strategic Action plan) discussions at the upcoming Inter-governmental meeting between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on August 17, 2018
[Added: 2018/11/20]
UNDP, UNECE, CTWC 2018/08 Completed Comments received from the Kyrgyz MFA (Ministry of foreign affairs) prevented the SAP to be part of the IG (Intergovernmental group) meeting in Astana.
Engage additional experts in case of any comments from the governments over the SAP (Strategic Action plan) document
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP, UNECE, CTWC 2019/05 Completed Technical support was provided through engaging local consultant and the company History
2. Recommendation:

The CTWC Secretariat should be established as a legal entity prior to SAP implementation, most likely as a legal entity in each country, to facilitate implementation of SAP activities. Effective operation would need to include at least one salaried staff person in each country. [Government of Kazakhstan, Government of Kyrgyzstan, UNDP]

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2018/11/20]

This was among the project priorities and some legal support was already provided to the CTWC on this. However, the CTWC as advised by the Governments is planning to implement this after the SAP has been formally approved by the countries, which is to serve a legal basis.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Registration of CTWC (Chuy-Talas Water Commission) Secretariat as a legal entity
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP, CTWC 2019/05 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This was among the project priorities and some legal support was already provided to the CTWC on this. However, the CTWC as advised by the Governments is planning to implement this after the SAP has been formally approved by the countries, which is to serve a legal basis.]
This became beyond UNDP's control due to the pending SAP approval rpovcess. CTWC will follow up on this once the SAP endorsed by the Gov. History
3. Recommendation:

Since the project manager has moved to a position at another organization at the initially planned completion of the project, if it is at all practically feasible, UNDP should immediately contract additional staff on a short-term contract to support the consolidation and finalization of project results. This is particularly critical with respect to support for promoting and pushing the SAP within the governments prior to the July inter-governmental meeting between the two countries. Rapidly contracting such short-term experts could be a challenge administratively, but there are experts available who have been involved with the project, who could make valuable contributions, such as the volunteer staff of the CTWC Secretariat in each country. [UNDP Kyrgyzstan Country Office]

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20]

There were two contracted national experts from both countries to facilitate SAP approval process. However, after the resignation of a Project Manager, another Project Manager who was knowledgeable of the project environment was tasked to follow-up on the pending activities by providing his regular support.    

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Coordinate with the national experts on implementation of pending items
[Added: 2018/11/20]
UNDP 2018/08 Completed All activities are completed except for the SAP approval, which is mentioned in the Recommendation #2
4. Recommendation:

If the SAP is jointly approved by the governments, UNDP and the GEF should be prepared to provide support for SAP implementation as rapidly as possible so as not to lose momentum and sustainability of current project actions. This would include, for example, drafting a PIF for GEF funding even before SAP approval. [UNDP, GEF Secretariat]

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20]

This recommendation is well noted and right away the SAP has been approved, UNDP in coordination with other partners like UNECE will start working on development of a PIF to GEF-7 funding window.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Drafting a PIF (Project Identification Form) for GEF funding.
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP CO, Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) 2019/05 Completed This depends on SAP approval process History
5. Recommendation:

The SAP, as it is now, is not sufficiently detailed and specific to be directly implementable. This current document is coherent, logical, and very useful for reaching joint agreement between the countries. If the SAP is approved, during the project preparation phase for a GEF-funded SAP implementation project, additional work should be done to develop a more detailed SAP document that could be effectively implemented. This would necessarily include additional rounds of stakeholder consultation with water resource users, private sector stakeholders, and civil society. This should also include a strengthened analysis of complementarities and synergies with other ongoing related initiatives (such as the establishment of river basin councils in Kyrgyzstan), and with national plans and strategies. [UNDP, Government of Kazakhstan, Government of Kyrgyzstan]

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20]

The SAP is a framework document and it is an evolving one subject to changes as the environment changes. The relevant activities will be detailed to the extent possible at the PIF and PPG development stages. However, new circumstances will be integrated into the current version when and as necessary.     

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Take this into account when drafting a PIF (Project Identification form) for GEF funding.
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP CO, RTA (Regional Technical Advisor) 2019/05 Completed depends on SAP approval History
6. Recommendation:

The SAP (Strategic Action plan) implementation should include further work on harmonization policies and legislation for IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) between the countries, perhaps starting with regulations related to water monitoring. [UNDP, Government of Kazakhstan, Government of Kyrgyzstan]

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2018/11/20]

These activities will be given a priority when implementing the SAP through grant and state funded projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Take this into account when drafting a PIF (Project Identification plan) for GEF funding.
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP CO, RTA (Regional Technical Advisor) 2019/05 Completed Meanwhile it is beyond the UNDP's control and depends on SAP approval process, as it is still pending approval of the Government as mentioned in the previous key actions. History
7. Recommendation:

Implementation of the SAP (Strategic Action plan) should include pilot activities for community-based water management, and in particular community-based monitoring, as an awareness raising tool, but also for additional data collection. Other excellent opportunities for practical activities for SAP implementation include media training, and study tours to examples of watershed-based Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes. [UNDP, GEF Secretariat, Government of Kazakhstan, Government of Kyrgyzstan]

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2018/11/20]

These activities will be given a priority when implementing the SAP through grant and state funded projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Take this into account when drafting a PIF (Project Identification form) for GEF funding.
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP CO, RTA (Regional Technical advisor) 2019/05 Completed This beyond the UNDP's control and depends in SAP approval by the Government. History
8. Recommendation:

SAP (Strategic Action plan)  implementation will also require increasing the availability of spatial data, and the use of spatial data for mapping. This may require some attention to and investment in digitizing existing historical data. [UNDP, GEF Secretariat, Government of Kazakhstan, Government of Kyrgyzstan]

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2018/11/20]

The recommendation is well noted and is subject to additional consultations with the countries and partners when developing the PIF (Project Identification form) and PPG (Project Preparation Grant) for a grant funded project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Take this into account when drafting a PIF (Project Identification form) for GEF funding.
[Added: 2018/11/20] [Last Updated: 2019/05/16]
UNDP CO, RTA (Regional Technical Advisor) 2019/05 Completed As mentioned above, this is beyond the UNDP's control and depends on SAP approval of the Government. History

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