New publications: UKES presentations/posters

LTS was invited to make four presentations and a poster at this year’s UK Evaluation Society confernece on “use and usability of evaluation” 10/11 May, which we also sponsored. The LTS poster won the “best poster” award.

The event and the presentations went well and we have been asked to present papers for the conference edition of the UKES newsletter.

Please click on the links below to access the presentations and poster.

Presentation 1: ECRP learning processes: engagement, learning activities, influence.

Presentation 2: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Multiple Levels, 25 Years of the Darwin Initiative.

Presentation 3: Climate adaptation and resilience impact assessments: Identifying ways to improve usefulness and feasibility.

Presentation 4: Evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund.

Poster: By building capacity for M&E in biodiversity are we building up conservation optimism?

New Project – Further development of a common mapping platform and methodology for local land use planning in Cameroon

Deforestation in Cameroon is on the rise – largely driven by expansion of agro-industry, slash and burn agriculture, logging, fuelwood demands, mining and infrastructure development. Competition for productive land in Cameroon has increased, notably with foreign companies seeking large tracts of land (10,000 hectares and above) for agricultural development.

The EFI Common Mapping Platform (CMP) plays a central role in building commitment to a bottom up, participatory approach that brings together multiple stakeholders to foster a common understanding and agreement on land uses, institutions (rules) for future land management and activities necessary to achieve sustainable land management.

For more information on this project, please visit the following link: Further Development of a Common Mapping Platform and Methodology for Local Land Use Planning in Cameroon

Further development of a common mapping platform and methodology for local land use planning in Cameroon

Deforestation in Cameroon is on the rise and is largely driven by expansion of agro-industry, slash and burn agriculture, logging, fuelwood demands, mining and infrastructure development. Competition for productive land in Cameroon has increased, notably with foreign companies seeking large tracts of land (10,000 hectares and above) for agricultural development.

The factors to be addressed during the land use planning process are complex. The EFI Common Mapping Platform (CMP) plays a central role in building commitment to a bottom up, participatory approach that brings together multiple stakeholders to foster a common understanding and agreement on land uses, institutions (rules) for future land management and activities necessary to achieve sustainable land management. It will also foster common understanding between relevant Ministries, regional delegations, civil society and private sector organisations around the data required, methodology and decision support tools to prepare local LUPs. Such an approach will meet both VGGT and REDD requirements, and ensure that it is supported by the higher levels of planning that identify and prioritise national planning targets to guide local decision making.

The common Mapping Platform (CMP) Phase 1 ran from May 2014 to Feb 2016. Under the leadership of the MINEPAT, a multi-stakeholder process was put in place involving a series of workshops with national, regional and local partners. With technical support provided by LTS and Rainbow Consult, the efforts in Phase 1 proved effective in supporting MINEPAT to build a coalition of partners. The coalition aims to develop a methodology for transparent and inclusive local Land Use Plans (LUPs), protocols for standard map layer preparation, and spatial planning tools that better address both social and environmental concerns. LUPs are a pre-requisite for responsible governance, land management, FLEGT and REDD+.

At the end of Phase 1, the MINEPAT expressly requested EFI support to further develop methods and tools for local land use planning and to test them in at least one municipality. This is an essential official endorsement of work done under Phase 1 and a necessary foundation for Phase 2.

CMP Phase 2 of the project is designed to continue EFI support to MINEPAT in implementing its 2011 LUP Law. Phase 2 builds on the foundation and successes of Phase 1 of the EFI Project and the joint initiative to develop a CMP (piloted by MINEPAT with support from EFI, LTS, WRI, RFUK, AJESH, etc.).

Portfolio Review and Gap Analysis for the Multi-Sectoral Investment Plan for Climate Resilience

Ethiopia’s Multi-Sector Investment Plan for Climate Resilience pursues a multi-sectoral approach that identifies priority investments in the agriculture, forestry, water, livestock and energy sectors that enhance climate resilience. The multi-sectoral approach is being used to enhance the likelihood of achieving the transformational effects required from Ethiopia’s green growth strategies. This assignment reviews existing investments and gaps in the resilience building portfolio, and will develop the investment plan.

Ethiopia has set ambitious objectives for strengthening climate resilience and protecting her environment. This has been articulated in the national green growth strategies, as well as specifically in sectoral resilience plans for agriculture, forest, water and energy. Significant advances have been made, and now further action is planned. A multi-sectoral investment plan, based on thorough review of existing projects and assessment of gaps remaining to be filled, is required.

LTS has been contracted to carry out:

  • Portfolio review and gap analysis – Assessing policy and programming gaps and areas of significant investment need.
  • Multi-stakeholder Investment plan development – including project fiches, and with a focus on: upscaling successful activities and reducing duplication and overlap.

Being implemented in a tight timeframe, the work involves significant stakeholder consultation and deep understanding of the Ethiopian resilience context across these sectors, alongside competencies in preparing adequately detailed investments plans.

Contract award : Portfolio review & gap analysis for the Multi-Sectoral Investment Plan for Climate Resilience

Ethiopia’s Multi-Sector Investment Plan for Climate Resilience pursues a multi-sectoral approach that identifies priority investments in the agriculture, forestry, water, livestock and energy sectors that enhance climate resilience.  The multi-sectoral approach is being used to enhance the likelihood of achieving the transformational effects required from Ethiopia’s green growth strategies. This assignment reviews existing investments and gaps in the resilience building portfolio, and will develop the investment plan.

Satellite Monitoring for Forest Management

The SMFM project will aim to improve global knowledge and capabilities for forest degradation assessment and monitoring dry forest landscapes by building upon and complimenting existing international programs. Second, the SMFM project will support selected countries to develop their Earth Observation (EO) capacity. It will develop and test new or improved methods to process and analyse new satellite EO datasets, with assessments of EO processing methods completed through practical implementation in selected Partner Countries.

The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “Improved methods for satellite monitoring of tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment are available to countries, with technical knowledge and capacity developed for global application in sustainable forest management, including REDD+.”

  • Tropical dry forests are subject to highest rates of deforestation and degradation around the world.
  • Forest degradation is a challenge across dry tropical forests and impacts sustainability of goods and services that these forests provide.
  • Most countries still do not have adequate monitoring capabilities, particularly the use of satellite EO technology.
  • Perceptions of forest degradation vary depending on the cause, the particular goods or services of interest, and the temporal and spatial scales considered.
  • Full understanding of forest degradation processes and of forest condition is lacking in most tropical countries, due to the technical challenges related to the assessment of different types of forest degradation.
  • Monitoring of forest degradation requires that tools are applicable for multiple types of tropical and sub-tropical forests, and that forest degradation can be detected by direct or indirect proxy measures.

Our solution: SMFM project will

  • Develop satellite Earth Observation (EO) methods and global knowledge on monitoring tropical dry forest ecosystems and forest degradation assessment.
  • New earth observation methods developed for monitoring tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment.
  • Dry forest and forest degradation map products for sub-national areas, suitable for forest monitoring and management planning purposes.
  • Improve national technical capacity for monitoring of tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment through training in new satellite EO methods and data.
  • Improve global knowledge of new satellite EO methods and data for monitoring tropical dry forests and forest degradation assessment. Recent advances in satellite EO data provision provide unprecedented views of the Earth and present an opportunity to tackle existing limitations in forest monitoring capabilities:
    1. European Space Agency’s Sentinel missions, United States’ Landsat -8 mission provide open access – dramatic increase in available data
    2. Improved EO methods and tools are required to take advantage of the new Sentinel mission capabilities

Image credit to NASA

Contract award: Satellite Monitoring for Forest Management (SMFM)

LTS has been awarded the contract for Satellite Monitoring for Forest Management by the World Bank. The SMFM project will aim to improve global knowledge and capabilities for forest degradation assessment and monitoring dry forest landscapes by building upon and complimenting existing international programs. Second, the SMFM project will support selected countries to develop their Earth Observation (EO) capacity. It will develop and test new or improved methods to process and analyse new satellite EO datasets, with assessments of EO processing methods completed through practical implementation in selected Partner Countries.

The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “Improved methods for satellite monitoring of tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment are available to countries, with technical knowledge and capacity developed for global application in sustainable forest management, including REDD+.”

Contract award: Study of Value Chain Development under the Sustainable Land Management Programme II in Ethiopia

LTS has been awarded a new contract. The direct, near term objective of this ‘Study of value chains under the Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP) II in Ethiopia’ assignment is to propose the development of value chains for selected commodities in the SLMP and identify policy gaps hindering involvement of the private sector in these value chains, including possible options for local processing.

Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa

LTS International (LTS), in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and E4tech, aim to implement Phase I of the DFID-funded Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) research assignment. The 12-month study will investigate the challenges and opportunities affecting the adoption and roll out of bioenergy across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and provide recommendations on affordable, accessible and innovative bioenergy technologies and business models that will improve poor people’s access to bioenergy. Phase I will lead to a follow-on project, BSEAA Phase II, which is likely to include further targeted research and may lead to direct DFID investment in promising bioenergy technologies in SSA.

LTS will play a leading and managerial role in the assignment responsible for the overall coordination and delivery of outputs to the client. Specific tasks include academic literature review, public/donor stakeholder identification and consultation, country screening, technology prioritisation, in-country visits and consultations, and leadership in consolidating learning and handing over the results to Phase II suppliers.

Contract award: Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa

LTS International (LTS), in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and E4tech, aim to implement Phase I of the DFID-funded Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) research assignment. The 12-month study will investigate the challenges and opportunities affecting the adoption and roll out of bioenergy across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and provide recommendations on affordable, accessible and innovative bioenergy technologies and business models that will improve poor people’s access to bioenergy. Phase I will lead to a follow-on project, BSEAA Phase II, which is likely to include further targeted research and may lead to direct DFID investment in promising bioenergy technologies in SSA. LTS will play a leading and managerial role in the assignment responsible for the overall coordination and delivery of outputs to the client. Specific tasks include academic literature review, public/donor stakeholder identification and consultation, country screening, technology prioritization, in-country visits and consultations, and leadership in consolidating learnings and handing over the results to Phase II suppliers.