|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Between 2013 and 2014, the Yunnan Environment Protection Department (YEPD), TA consultant team and ADB prepared Outputs 1-3 of the TA. Inception, midtem and final review missions were held in November 2013, June 2014, and November 2014, respectively.
Output 1. A technical review of the BSAP and analysis of biological conservation priorities for the priority regions in the BSAP was completed. Results were reviewed by a range of agencies. The Output resulted in a technical report which ranks the Priority Regions of the BSAP and also identified additional species and sites for conservation action. The report was accepted by the YPG and forms the basis for preparation of the Five-Year Action Plan. During the midterm mission, Output 1 was assessed by YEPD and ADB to be successfully completed.
Output 2. (i) Preparation of the Five-Year Action Plan for priority areas and species was completed. Progress was initially slow, partly due to the need for wide consensus on the structure of the plan. The plan describes a strategy for each priority project, including target biodiversity values, threats, institutional arrangements, management and implementation activities, monitoring and evaluation indicators, and budgetary sources. (ii) A technical report on the potential impacts of climate change to biodiversity and BSAP priority regions was completed. This appears to be among the first assessments for Yunnan (and possibly south-western PRC) to examine climate change impacts to biodiversity at a provincial scale. (iii) Educational brochures on climate change, biodiversity, and conservation were designed, printed, and provided to the YEPD in January 2015. These will be disseminated to government agencies, NGOs and the general public as per a distribution list prepared by the team.
Output 3. A training program attended by 229 personnel from over 20 agencies was planned and implemented in Kunming, Yunnan in October 2014. Protected area staff and senior decision-makers attended the training, was was tailored for different groups of stakeholders. The opportunity to distribute the draft Five-Year Action Plan to participants was alos used to gain further feedback. Feedback from participants was positive and included suggestions on how to integrate the action plan in sector budgets and work plans.