New Policy Brief: What the Future Holds – iCoast Policy Brief

One of the outputs of LTS’ iCoast project is the policy brief “What the Future Holds. Visioning as a tool to develop climate compatible development scenarios: tourism as a case study”.

Summary:

Coastal areas are under increasing pressure from climate change. Half the world’s population lives within 60km of the coast, with the majority in developing countries. Decision makers in these developing countries are expected to balance immediate economic and social needs with long-term strategies for poverty alleviation. They also now face the challenges of making decisions to cope with current and future climate impacts (adaptation) while maintaining a low carbon development pathway (mitigation).

To support policy decisions in Kenya and Sri Lanka, we sought to identify how feasible it would be to incorporate climate compatible development into coastal planning. Here we set out some of the options for achieving an economically beneficial yet secure future in their coastal zones.

This policy brief can now be downloaded here.

M&E Support to a Market-Based Resilience Building Programme

 

FARM-Africa’s BRACED programme will test innovative market-based approaches to improve the resilience of economic, ecological and social systems in the Ethiopian lowlands. These approaches will open opportunities for vulnerable pastoral/agro-pastoral households, businesses and communities in rural and peri-urban areas to better manage risk and resources, and successfully transform their livelihoods. BRACED will leverage and engage private investors in addressing climate risks, modelling approaches for environmentally and socially responsible investment. It will promote inclusive financial models and economic opportunities adaptable to climate extremes, and stimulate appropriate diversification of economic activity among the most vulnerable, through public and private-sector partnerships. The project development phase for this project was funded by DFID under its Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

LTS International delivered the design of a theory of change and monitoring and evaluation plan for this programme worth over 6m pounds. This includes the creation of composite resilience indicators and panel survey methodology for impact assessment in line with the UK’s International Climate Fund guidance. Institutional assessment tools for evaluating the capacity for climate smart investment and the health of small and medium sized enterprises were also designed as well as innovative remote sensing approaches for measuring the impact of rangeland management activities.

Update (September 2015): New Briefing Note on Market Approaches to Resilience

Mountain View

LTS has also developed a new technology that uses optical and radar satellite data to map pasture in the project region. This is the RaVeN monitoring tool (Rangeland Vegetation NDVI monitoring tool). This new tool makes the measurement of change in pasture quality a rapid and automated process by using freely available optical and radar satellite data in combination with meteorological data. The tool uses this data to compare the relative greenness of an area at different points in time, while discriminating between different vegetation classes and controlling for the effects of different rainfall levels. It therefore enables changes in pasture quality to be assessed and quantified.

For more informatio, please visit the BRACED website here.

New Contract: Development of a theory of change and M&E plan for a market-based resilience building programme in Ethiopia

FARM-Africa’s BRACED programme will test innovative market-based approaches to improve the resilience of economic, ecological and social systems in the Ethiopian lowlands. These approaches will open opportunities for vulnerable pastoral/agro-pastoral households, businesses and communities in rural and peri-urban areas to better manage risk and resources, and successfully transform their livelihoods. BRACED will leverage and engage private investors in addressing climate risks, modelling approaches for environmentally and socially responsible investment. It will promote inclusive financial models and economic opportunities adaptable to climate extremes, and stimulate appropriate diversification of economic activity among the most vulnerable, through public and private-sector partnerships. The project development phase for this project was funded by DFID under its Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

LTS International delivered the design of a theory of change and monitoring and evaluation plan for this programme worth over £6m. This includes the creation of composite resilience indicators and panel survey methodology for impact assessment in line with the UK’s International Climate Fund guidance. Institutional assessment tools for evaluating the capacity for climate smart investment and the health of small and medium sized enterprises were also designed as well as innovative remote sensing approaches for measuring the impact of rangeland management activities.

Mid-term Review and Planning for the Norwegian-funded Conservation Farming Unit Programme

Norad has provided NOK 302m to support the promotion of conservation agriculture through the Conservation Agriculture Programme (CAP II) in Zambia and Conservation Agriculture Regional Programme (CARP) in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. These two programmes are managed by the Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) of the Zambian National Farmers Union under a contract with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

LTS International will design and deliver the mid-term review and provide recommendations to support decision-making with respect to further Norwegian support to the programmes and to conservation agriculture in general. LTS has provided an overall team leader and national consultants in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

New Contract: NORAD-Conservation Farming Unit

Norad has provided NOK 302m to support the promotion of conservation agriculture through the Conservation Agriculture Programme (CAP II) in Zambia and Conservation Agriculture Regional Programme (CARP) in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. These two programmes are managed by the Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) of the Zambian National Farmers Union under a contract with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

LTS International will design and deliver the mid-term review and provide recommendations to support decision-making with respect to further Norwegian support to the programmes and to conservation agriculture in general. LTS has provided an overall team leader and national consultants in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Photo credit: C. Thierfelder/CIMMYT.