protocols for their annual reports to DOE 3 BD mainstreaming Output 11

Protocols for their annual reports to doe 3 bd

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protocols for their annual reports to DOE; (3) BD mainstreaming ( Output 1.1, Biodiversity Meta-database ) has created a mostly terrestrial, mostly flora database, but designation of who manages it has not been made; (4) CB2 project (Outputs 2.1 and 2.2, Environmental Database for Rio Conventions) contracted the Seychelles company SPACE 95 to do an overall environmental database, which will accumulate the data needed for reporting against the indicators defined in the state of the environment report; (5) Clearing House Mechanism for Nairobi Convention (Data System). The recommendation is to conduct a short scoping exercise using funds allocated to the capacity development output (cross reference with recommendation concerning data management #17). It will enable synergies with other existing UNDP/GEF projects and related activities and fill a huge gap in government for data and monitoring. Output 1.2, drafting of PA Policy, is 75% complete, with endorsement expected by the cabinet of Ministers as the final step before January 2014 (interviews and reports). MTE concerns about the policy approval process in the given project time frame were subdued by project management team (PCU) and SC members, who expressed that the approval will happen before 2014. There were delays found due to design assumptions around Output 1.2, and
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Output 1.3. Many other outputs and activities are schedule dependent and so delay could prevent NGOs from reaching the targets they have stated concerning the creation of new PAs. MTE recommend that the targets be revised ‘to state a contribution to’ (The Biodiversity Act as an example, has taken four years and is still not approved). The PA policy development process brought forth many lessons learned. MTE learned that after an exercise to have the PA policy drafted externally, an internal, organic review of the PA policy took place. This was unexpected but deemed necessary for relevance to the Seychelles situation (Interview PM during MTE). The internal review was thorough and comprehensive, including consultations with stakeholders. Furthermore, IUCN’s and TNC’s later international review of the PA policy had not been foreseen as a part of the project design and so this extra step also delayed the process and in retrospect, is a lesson learned. Some international technical guidance on global standards and experiences might be good input, but drafting policy is and should be a nationally rooted process. Output 1.3. Legislative review is tied to Output 1.2, but it is not dependent on it to continue. MTE finds work on this critical output has been moving but has now stopped, pending approval of the PA policy. It is an important project knowledge sharing and learning forum, and the TWG has been a good mechanism to garner scientific and technical inputs provided to the legal process, based on project outputs. This forum should resume immediately and continue through project end as a multi-stakeholder working forum for a new legal framework that is
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