Mount Elgon Regional Ecosystem Conservation Programme Evaluation

The Mt Elgon Regional Ecosystem Conservation Programme (MERECP) is jointly funded by the Governments of Norway and Sweden. MERECP is supporting a trans-boundary ecosystem initiative under the auspicious of the East African Community (EAC). MERECP started in 2006 with a total funding of NOK 34.2 million (approximately USD 6 million) initially for a period of 4 years. LTS is evaluating the overall achievements of the MERECP programme with emphasis on the achievements in the redesign phase. The team is assessing the regional relevance of the MERECP towards the agreed areas of co-operation in the Protocol for the Sustainable Development of the Lake Victoria Basin; evaluating the outcome, impact, sustainability and indicative cost-effectiveness (by relating the activities and costs compared to the outputs obtained) of the programme; and assessing the institutional arrangements for the management, implementation and the M&E functions of the programme. For further information on this project please see here.

M&E Services for Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme

LTS is providing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services within the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme. This assignment is centred around the need for ESPA to operate an integrated and effective reporting and monitoring system, which satisfies the differential reporting needs of the three ESPA funders, while being parsimonious in the burden it places on projects and the Directorate. For further information please see the project page here.

Integrated Flood Risk Management Plan for Malawi’s Shire Basin

LTS has been contracted by the World Bank, in collaboration with Atkins, to formulate an Integrated Flood Risk Management Plan for the Shire Basin. The main objective of this project is to assist the Government of Malawi in development of an Action Plan to address the flood risk situation in the Lower Shire in an integrated way, based on sound diagnostics and systems to assess and implement future interventions. The specific objectives are to: develop and implement a fully functioning modelling framework for the lower Shire; scope and design a flood forecasting and early warning system; develop an Action Plan implementation plan; and produce an Institutional Capacity Development Plan. For further information on this project please see here.

National Climate Change Action Plan – Adaptation Technical Analysis

As part of the National Climate Change Action Planning process LTS led the development of the Adaptation Technical Analysis Report (ATAR) which is the basis for the National Adaptation Plan now under development.

The ATAR provides a framework of adaptation actions which will: reduce vulnerability and manage the impacts of climate variability and climate change; build institutional and human capacity to respond to climate change; address the social impacts including gender, migration and human health and the linkages to disaster preparedness and response; improve the availability and accessibility of climate knowledge and information.

The ATAR has been developed through an intensive consultative and participatory process, using on-line surveys, workshops, consultation exercises, meetings, correspondence and telephone calls. Formal consultations were undertaken with each of the 47 counties. The ATAR was informed and guided by a Thematic Working Group comprising eighteen individuals to represent government technical departments, civil society, and academia.

LTS approached this complex assignment using best practices in risk-based and vulnerability based approaches to adaptation decision-making and planning.