Implementation of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme – Phase 3

The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) aims to improve management of forests throughout Indonesia in order to reduce rural poverty, enhance biodiversity conservation, strengthen climate protection by significantly reducing emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) practices.

A brochure on MFP is available here.

The programme facilitates partnerships between central and local government, civil society and the private sector in supporting relevant policy analysis and development, assisting Indonesia to implement its FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement.

The main outcome of the 8.6 million pounds MSFP3 is a legal and technically effective community-based forest industry has been established to:

  • complement corporate industrial forest production,
  • reducing illegal logging (unplanned forest degradation) and unplanned deforestation
  • providing greater tenure security
  • improving rural livelihoods
  • protecting forest ecosystems and the environment
  • mitigating climate change

The programme outputs include:

  • Output 1: Industry-wide adoption of the SVLK timber legality assurance system in support of sustained exports to legality-regulated markets
  • Output 2: Support for local government and community rights-holders, accelerating the effective implementation of community-centred forest management, as prioritised in MoFor policy and legislation and the National Strategies for REDD+ and Food Production
  • Output 3: Implemented mechanisms for assuring access to forest and land resources by community groups and clarity of their tenure, allowing them to contribute to meeting industry demands national market and export targets for timber and non-timber forest products

LTS is the lead framework supplier to the DFID-funded Forest Governance Markets and Climate Programme, which provides the funding for MFP3 implementation. LTS is the lead contract holder for MFP3 support and collaborates with the Oxford Policy Management who delivers the project through its Jakarta office. Other key consortium partners include Efeca, IIED, SNV, HuMa and ICEL.

Services include:

  • Provision of a core management structure to coordinate programme activities, including direction, administration, financial control, and thematic and geographical technical facilitation
  • Management of sub-contracts related to training, external monitoring, consultancies, reviews and other specialist services required for delivery of the outputs
  • Development of dossiers for calls for proposals for grants to project partners; implementation of systems for evaluation of proposals; award of grants; and supervision of grant implementation
  • Coordination of systems needed for programme oversight, including facilitating and organising Steering Committee meetings and preparation and submission of annual and other reports
  • Secretariat support to the Ministry of Forestry and EU Delegation in Jakarta with regard to the efficient organisation and operation of the Joint Implementation Committee and related monitoring.

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Nile Story

The objectives of the Nile Story are:

  • To develop new ways to describe the results of the Nile programme in qualitative and quantitative terms at the programme and project levels, including the outcomes and impacts of the support.
  • To convey these results in a variety of communications products targeted at different audiences.

The consultancy researches and conveys the results of the Nile programme enabled by the NBTF, coordinates country and partner support, and packages the findings into a suite of communications materials, informally called the ‘Nile Story’. The work covers the years 1999 through June 2014.

The Nile Story captures systematically the breadth and depth of progress made by the Nile Basin countries on the development track in pursuit of their Shared Vision in both qualitative and quantitative terms.

Building transboundary cooperation is a long term process and Nile cooperation is still in early stages. The Nile story should make reference to some of the challenges experienced and those that that lie ahead. The Nile Story aims to be ‘people centered’, with a focus on what has changed among stakeholders, including changes in attitudes, behaviors, and actions on the ground.

LTS developed a suite of communications products to tell the story of the Nile Basin Initiative over its 15 year history. The products reviewed work already undertaken to capture the progress of the Nile countries, conducted new research and analysis of NBI and national level progress resulting from the Nile programme, and established a framework through which the results of the Nile programme can be conveyed.

The Nile Story publications are available here.

New Contract: Implementation of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Program – Phase 3

LTS has been contracted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to implement Phase 3 of the Indonesia Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP3). LTS is the lead framework supplier to the DFID-funded Forest Governance Markets and Climate Programme, which provides the funding for MFP3 implementation.

LTS is the lead contract holder for MFP3 support and collaborates with the Oxford Policy Management who delivers the project through its Jakarta office. Other key consortium partners include Efeca, IIED, SNV, HuMa and ICEL.

The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) aims to improve management of forests throughout Indonesia has reduced rural poverty, enhanced biodiversity conservation and strengthened climate protection by significantly reducing emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) practices in Indonesia. For further details on this new long term contract, please click here.

New Conference: 5-7 May 2014: Second Regional Technical Meeting of the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme

The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme (1) is holding its Second Regional Technical Meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May, 2014 in Brussels at the ACP House. The Second RTM will build on the momentum generated by a successful First RTM held in Belize in July 2013. It will seek to explore ways to improve the exchange of information, synergies, improve cooperation and coordination among the regions and between the regions and the ACP Secretariat. Click here for further details.

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Implementation Service Provider for Catchment Management

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The Shire River Basin is Malawi’s single most important water resource, supporting the country’s key economic sectors including food production, transport, energy, tourism, agriculture and fisheries. The Shire River Basin Management Program (SRBMP) aims to increase sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits by effectively and collaboratively planning, developing and managing the Shire River Basin’s natural resources.   LTS and consortium partners (Mott MacDonald and CDM) are implementing the first phase of the SRBMP by Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. The World Bank financed project is being implemented to improve land and water management and protect and enhance the Shire River ecosystem, while providing livelihood benefits in target areas.

The programme is made up of three components – Shire basin planning, catchment management and water related infrastructure – and the consortium is responsible for the catchment management component. In order to achieve its objectives, LTS is assisting the Government:

  • develop institutional capacity for catchment planning and monitoring;
  • finance interventions identified in micro-catchment plans prepared under the above mentioned planning phase;
  • support demand and market driven income-generating activities, with special targeting of women, youth and landless groups, to gradually decrease dependency on low performance agriculture and unsustainable harvesting of forest products as sources of income.

This will aim to rehabilitate four catchments – Upper Lisungwi, Upper Wamkulumadzi, Kapichira Falls and Chingale – covering a combined area of approximately 133,000 ha. The consortium will develop methods to reduce soil erosion, utilise soil conservation methods and improve and diversify livelihoods.

LTS plays a central role in delivery of this decentralised capacity development programme:

  • Leading the process of sub-catchment assessment and planning with key stakeholders (e.g. VDCs).
  • Guiding and overseeing lower level micro-watershed planning, design and implementation of interventions with communities.
  • Being responsible for organising/delivering capacity development activities in these domains.
  • Leading the environmental assessment.
  • Contributing to the land and water resources assessment.
  • Preparing simple environmental plans for irrigation/agriculture works, with mitigation and monitoring programs and associated costs.
  • Ensuring that environmental considerations are integrated into micro-catchment plans.
  • Providing targeted training and technical support to individual farmers and/or clustered groups of farmers along product lines related to crop diversification, water management (including small-scale surface irrigation), conservation agriculture, and livestock production.
  • Contributing to land resources analysis.
  • Conducting non-agriculture-based value chain analysis.
  • Providing training and technical support to CIGs /communities in all technical, business and marketing matters related to establishing and operating small non-agriculture-based enterprises related to local natural resources (value-added processing activities, mushroom production, bee keeping, fish production, etc) and non-traditional enterprises such as small shops, trading, transport services, etc.

Based on the evolving plans and identified income-generating activities, LTS designs and implements sequentially a set of comprehensive capacity development programs, specifically targeted and tailored to the relevant categories and roles of project stakeholders: District; traditional leaders; common interest groups.  These include exposure visits to learn from other catchment management and rural livelihood experiences, and training activities to build capacity of institutions involved with project implementation.  The capacity building includes appropriate technical and fiduciary topics for training, including improved soil, land, and water management, bookkeeping, community procurement, M&E ledgers. Capacity development plans are prepared separately, with practical linkages with the catchment and micro-catchment plans.

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New Contract: Nile Story

LTS has been contracted by the World Bank to research and convey the results of the Nile Basin Initiative’s program over the last 15 years through the development of a suite of communications materials, informally called the “Nile Story.” For more information, please click on the Nile below.