Consistent with the ratings provided, the project is doing well at the mid-term, with some considerations.
As stated in the World Bank’s Project Appraisal Document (PAD), the Project is aligned with the Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Belize for the period FY2012-2015 (Report No. 63504-BZ), which focuses on supporting the Government of Belize in achieving “Inclusive and Sustainable Natural Resource-Based Growth and Enhanced Climate Resilience.” Specifically, the Project seeks to contribute to the CPS’ Results Area 3: Investment to strengthen climate resilience, and its outcomes “Increased ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts” and “Strengthened legal and administrative framework for Protected Areas (PAs).” The project also aligns with the National Poverty Elimination Strategy and Action Plan 2009-13 (NPESAP); the Horizon 2030 long-term development plan; the Belize National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP); and the 2005 National Protected Areas System Plan (NPASP), and with the Growth & Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS).
The MCCAP is currently in its third year of execution and has reached the mid-term of its implementation, as identified in the approved Project Operations Manual (POM) 2015. In compliance with the POM, a Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) is now required (planned for September 25th, 2017). The MTE analyzes whether the Project is on-track, what problems or challenges the Project is encountering, and provides constructive recommendations on what mid-course corrective actions are required to improve project performance and delivery during the remainder of the project implementation. The MTE will assess project performance to date (in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and timeliness), and determine the likelihood of the project achieving its intended outcomes and impacts, including their sustainability.
This report has been prepared by an external independent consultant evaluator and is a contracted product of the MCCAP Project. The findings and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Belize or the World Bank.