Mpingo REDD+ Pilot Project

LTS recently conducted a technical and financial feasibility assessment for the Mpingo REDD+ Pilot Project, financed by the Government of Norway and implemented by the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative, an NGO, and a number of village communities in Kilwa District, Tanzania. The project aims for carbon offset certification with the Verified Carbon Standard and seeks to achieve biomass regeneration of miombo forests, and to avoid biomass degradation, through fire management. The LTS and Value for Nature team developed a REDD feasibility report outlining baseline and project scenarios and an analysis of their implications for methodological issues such as the baseline quantification approach; stratification; monitoring; leakage; and project emissions, among others. The project’s feasibility was also calculated through comparing its potential costs and revenues and drawing conclusions towards its overall technical and financial feasibility, taking risks into account. The next phase of the project will include the development of a REDD+ methodology for fire management regimes.

Supporting the Implementation of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Cameroon

LTS has been contacted by the European Forest Institute’s EU FLEGT Facility to provide Support to the Implementation of FLEGT VPA in Cameroon with the aim to build capacity of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF) in the planning and monitoring the implementation of its Legality Assurance Systems (LAS). The Government of Cameroon and the European Commission concluded negotiations of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in May 2010 and the agreement was ratified in June 2011. In 2012, the LTS team will assist the government to agree on responsibilities for different levels of LAS administration, support staff of the Department of Standards (SN) within the Ministry in project monitoring and tracking the implementation; assist the SN in the development of planning tools and monitoring the implementation of LAS; and support the MINFOF with engaging stakeholders in the implementation of the verification system of law in the context of the VPA. LTS will also review and facilitate the development of verification procedures and train LAS managers on the new VPA requirements.

Project Update: UNDP Peace Building Project

LTS was selected in March 2010 to provide legal advisory services with respect to transboundary waters and pollution. The UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, is addressing the challenge of safeguarding the environment and protecting public health with respect to cross boundary wastewater. Presently, partially and untreated waste water is flowing downstream across over 10 cross boundary streams between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and vice versa. This has direct impacts on the environment and on aquifers used for drinking water.

LTS is working with the Palestinian Water Authority and a legal agreement has been developed to enable the parties to adopt a shared approach to wastewater management and treatment. The agreement was developed with broad input from the Palestinian Authority and has been discussed at the senior technical level with representatives from both parties. The legal agreement provides guiding principles for cooperation and technical matters and a clear basis upon which forms of contracting can now take place. UNDP has so far supported the construction of three joint wastewater management schemes at locations in the West-Bank. The legal agreement adopts recent transboundary principles and practices and applies them to waste-water. At the time of its development there were fewer than five examples of agreements for transboundary wastewater treatment worldwide.

Integrated Assessment of Land Use Options in Malawi

LTS has been contracted by the World Bank to  strengthen integrated land use planning in response to the challenges and opportunities presented by Climate Change by systematically exploring land use management options for climate financing in Malawi to deliver both climate (adaptation/mitigation) as well as development (e.g. environmental, economic, social) co-benefits. LTS is involved in collation of material to produce a knowledge base for land use management analysis; development of an analytical framework for this Integrated Assessment; analysis of Alternative Scenarios; consultation with and capacity-building of key stakeholders; and identification of key potential land use management investments. For more information on this project, which is due to be completed in October 2012, please click here.

Supporting the Implementation of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Liberia

LTS has been contracted by the European Forest Institute’s (EFI) EU FLEGT Facility to contribute to the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in Liberia with a specific focus on the Legality Assurance Systems (LAS) related measures in 2012-2013. The key objectives are, in cooperation with the Liberian stakeholders, to make necessary preparations for establishing and operating two new Forestry Development Authority (FDA) units called Liberia Verification Department (LVD), that will be responsible for the legality verification functions and the COCS, and Liberia Licensing Department (LLD) that will issue FLEGT licenses to the export consignments; draft procedures and plan data management systems of the LAS; assist in integrating in the LAS all timber products identified in the VPA Annex I and timber sources as identified in the VPA Annex II; and support the relevant regulatory reforms.

Conservation of Maasai Mau and Transmara Forest Blocks of Mau Forest Complex and Preparation of Project Investment Proposal

The objective of the study was to develop a project for sustainable and environmentally sound conservation of the Maasai-Mau and Transmara forests as a significant trans-boundary water source. The study sought to prepare forest conservation projects/measures that would contribute towards the reversal of the current forest degradation trends so as to ensure that the forests continued to provide ecological services for a healthy environment, improved water security and livelihood improvement among the forest adjacent communities. The study developed a project framework that

  • provided income generation opportunities to improve livelihoods of rural communities
  • increased private sector participation in commercial plantation
  • rehabilitated degraded forest land area through plantation
  • strengthened the capacity of the extension system to support tree plantation

LTS provided project scoping including a review of policy development initiatives for forestry and assessment of the implications for forest plantations; an investment plan preparation including a review of the status of forestry and land use in the project area, and development of recommendations for appropriate plantation design and management and other measures to ensure suitable land use to be promoted under the project; and an investment proposal document based on the preparatory tasks, design and investment project. In doing so, LTS:

  • identified structural and non-structural measures
  • determined preliminary cost estimates
  • developed implementation arrangements
  • specified the project outline, detailing individual investments, activities, sites, and scheduling.

LTS produced an interim report at the end of the scoping phase and a final report that included GIS maps of identified potential eco-tourism sites in the respective forest blocks.