Contract Award: Provision of Baseline Data and Cadastral Maps for Priority Provinces in Indonesia (Lot 1: Aceh Province)

LTS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the the “Provision of Baseline Data and Cadastral Maps for Priority Provinces in Indonesia (Lot 1: Aceh Province)”.

UNDP is aiming to consolidate information of forest land use so that it can be utilised by all stakeholders in a combined effort to implement REDD+ projects in Indonesia. Information on Indonesia’s current landscape includes demographic data on the communities who use the land and cadastral maps regarding the land’s administrative and/or traditional boundaries. This information will enable REDD+ to facilitate communities in designing sustainable methods whereby they can share the benefits of forest conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks through afforestation and reforestation.

Contract Award: Evaluation of Carbon Market Finance Programme

LTS is pleased to announce that she has been awarded the “Evaluation of Carbon Market Finance Programme”.

The £50 million Carbon Market Finance Programme represents a highly innovative, large, and timely intervention to increase the flow of international carbon finance to least development countries with a focus on Africa. The CMFP aims to explore if the carbon market can deliver better for the poor by testing new business models to support low carbon investment in Africa using carbon finance. LTS is the lead evaluator of the CFMP, over an 11 year period (2014-2025).

Evaluation of Carbon Market Finance Programme

The GBP 50 million CMFP represents a highly innovative, large, and timely intervention to increase the flow of international carbon finance to least development countries with a focus on Africa.

It is widely accepted by the international community that there is limited evidence for how carbon market financing can deliver development benefits, particularly benefits at a community and household level. The CMFP aims to explore if the carbon market can deliver better for the poor by testing new business models to support low carbon investment in Africa using carbon finance.

LTS is the lead evaluator of the CFMP, over an 11 year period (2014-2025). The scope of the evaluations will cover activities supervised by the World Bank Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) through the two trust funds – the Ci-Dev Readiness Fund and the Ci-Dev Carbon Fund. LTS will closely track 20 or so pilot interventions in Uganda Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mali and Nigeria covering off-grid energy, biogas and water purification. The evaluation deliverables include: inception report (after 6 months), biannual reports of M&E data; ongoing evaluation reports; 1st formative evaluation report (by 2016); mid-term (formative) evaluation report (by 2019); a final evaluation report (by 2025).

LTS will use evaluation best practice to inform our evaluation design and mixed method approach that includes: process tracing and outcome mapping, portfolio analysis, policy analysis, small sample surveys, in-country quasi-experimental quantitative surveys, economic analyses and value for money assessments, meta analyses of the substantial clean development mechanism data, and country and project case studies.

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Organisational Review and Systems Audit of the Energy Efficiency Fund

This assignment focuses on energy savings and CO2 reductions and other results driven national priorities and aspirations, such as institutional development. The objective of this consultancy is to conduct an organisational review and systems audit of the Energy Efficiency Fund, which itself has the main objective to promote and support investments projects for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The consultancy is responsible to the Ministry of Economy (MoE); the Energy Efficiency Agency (EEA); the Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) & affiliate institutions; and the implementing partners of these organisations. The majority of tasks will be undertaken in collaboration with implementing sub-sector working groups and other stakeholders.

Desk study and preparations were followed by an inception meeting with the Embassy and EEF, and findings presented with an Inception Report. Two field missions to Moldova to meet with relevant stakeholders were carried out and draft final and final reports prepared. A final field mission was conducted to present findings at a presentation workshop in Chisinau with the Client and key stakeholders.

Liberia-National REDD+ Strategy Consultation

REDD+ is being rolled out in several countries under the auspices of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the UN-REDD Program and the FCPF is a global partnership focused on (REDD+) and supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation. The FCPF complements the UNFCCC negotiations on REDD+ by demonstrating how REDD+ can be applied at the country level and by learning lessons from this early implementation phase.

The REDD+ readiness preparation phase will assist Liberia in: (i) developing its national reference scenario for emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; (ii) developing national REDD+ strategy for reducing deforestation and forest degradation; and (iii) designing national monitoring, reporting and verification systems for REDD+. The REDD+ readiness phase is aimed at conducting an analysis of the different land use options that will take into consideration the trade-offs and complementarities of various land uses, based on different criteria such as: revenues for the Government of Liberia (GoL), livelihoods for the communities, benefits for the communities, environmental and social sustainability, and only as a last criterion and additional benefit, the possibility of carbon credit.

LTS supported REDD+ stakeholders with in-depth analytical work to assess and validate preliminary strategic options for the REDD+ Strategy, including:

  • Quantitative analysis of the different land use options in forested and mixed agricultural lands for development of the national REDD+ Strategy for Liberia. The options analysis will look at the trade-offs and complementarities of various land uses, based on different criteria such as: revenues for GoL, livelihoods for the communities, benefits for the communities, environmental and social sustainability, and potential emission reductions;
  • Cost-benefit analyses of different proposed REDD+ Strategy options (opportunity, implementation, transaction cost);
  • Policy, legal and institutional analysis of domestic and international frameworks for REDD+; and
  • Preparation of a roadmap for the implementation of the strategy.

Throughout the REDD+ strategy development process facilitated by LTS, the consultants sought stakeholder feedback through consultations to provide inputs, guide and validate analytical work, and to accompany REDD+ Strategy formulation. Consultations were conducted in close co-ordination with the team conducting the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA), and inputs from SESA process fed into the design of the REDD strategy.

Final Report

Technical Annex A – Liberia’s national REDD+ strategy

Technical Annex B – Liberia’s REDD+ roadmap

Technical Annex C – Forest cover and land use analysis

Technical Annex D – REDD+ strategy options

Technical Annex E – Cost-benefit analysis of REDD+ strategy options

Technical Annex F – Policy, legal and institutional framework analysis

Technical Annex G – Consultation Report