25 April, Thimphu: Mr. David Billing from EU who is in the country for its first annual review and mid-term evaluation mission for RNR-Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) presented his findings in a meeting held at the Ministry’s Conference Hall under the chairmanship of Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen, the Hon’ble Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. Also present were the departmental and agencies heads along with the focal persons.
According to Mr. David, one of the important basis for the mission’s visit is that the EU has felt a need to change the Financial Agreement (FA) to extend the project period by one more year to cover some of the missing key indicators. ‘This is why, the mission is early, otherwise the time is not right for evaluation, considering the project implementation period of six months,’ he added.
Presenting his findings, he shared the review of CCAP highlighting its institutional setting and capacity, sector and donor coordination, sector budget and medium term perspective, performance monitoring system etc. He also shared the fixed (fixed value) and variable (maximum value) tranches in EU sector programmes along with its general criteria for tranche release.
Mr. David further highlighted some of the issues with the current performance assessment indicators (PAF) and special conditions particularly regarding the indicators and budget release.
As a recommendation for project improvement, he felt that a formal institutional framework coordination mechanism for RNR-CCAP needs to be in place based on current NAPA and SAPA documents. He also felt that a new revised PAF is required. Five SMART indicators that have been formulated by the focal persons in the last stakeholder meeting held on 22 April were further discussed for inclusion in an Addendum to the Financial Agreement (FA) among others.
The Secretary during the discussion emphasised on the need to understand climate change in a realistic way and be prepared to sustain it accordingly.
Mr. David is in the country from 5 till 29 April during which he also met with various CCAP stakeholders for bilateral discussion.
By Tshering Doma with photograph by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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