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Technical advisory group for the ‘Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China’ project

This project will create an advisory team for the UNDP Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China Project Steering Committee.


Action Description:

 

Background

The wetlands of China are components of hydrological systems that when well managed not only supply water in periods of shortage and important flood controls in periods of heavy rain or snowmelt, but also provide food for millions of people, and globally significant breeding and feeding habitat for many wild species.  China is particularly rich in wetlands yet is suffering water shortages in many areas.  For several decades the values of wetlands have been under-appreciated, and government policies have promoted drainage and conversion of wetlands for agriculture.

Despite measures taken by government to set aside wetlands as protected areas and to strengthen the legal framework and its implementation, the integrity of many wetlands and their biodiversity is still at risk. Wetlands require an integrated approach to management, involving all stakeholders with influences on or interests in the water; yet different agencies are undertaking uncoordinated and often contradictory programmes. In the rush for economic development, natural resources and biodiversity are being destroyed.  A 2004 State Council Circular on wetland conservation emphasized the need for changes in legislation, policy and funding mechanisms and, establishment of an integrated, multisectoral wetland conservation management system.

 

Objective

To provide an independent team to be known as the project’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) which will provide technical advice to the Project Steering Committee on project implementation and impact over the 30 months duration of the project.   The team will concentrate on technical aspects of the project implementation but will be expected to comment on management, administrative and financial aspects which are pertinent to the technical results.

 

Project monitoring

Monitoring and Evaluation at the UNDP/GEF project level has four main objectives: i) to monitor and evaluate results and impacts; ii) to provide a basis for decision making on necessary amendments and improvements; iii) to promote accountability for resource use; and iv) to document, provide feedback on, and disseminate lessons learned.

The State Forestry Administration (the Implementing Agency) and UNDP have agreed on measures to strengthen and decentralize project management and to establish a multisectoral approach to project implementation. As one of these measures, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will monitor progress on the project intensively, and will be asked to identify any problems and recommend necessary remedial actions. The TAG will be managed by the UNDP Country Office (UNDP CO) in Beijing. The TAG will visit all the project sites regularly and will report to the Project Steering Committee at least twice annually.


Tasks accomplished in 2007 

  • Review the reports and workplan delivered by the partner;
  • Field mission to all the project sites and organized the stakeholders meetings at each site and solved the key issues related to the project implementation and management;
  • Submit the project progress reports and mission monitoring reports to UNDP-CO and the Wetlands Project Office, State Forestry Administration;
  • Attended the annual working meeting and PSC/TPR meeting and presented key findings based on overall review the project progress and issues identified.


Action Partners:

Donors: United Nations Development Programme, Global Environment Facility, Government of China.