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Further development of a common mapping platform and methodology for local land use planning in Cameroon
Last Updated: June 8th, 2017

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.).

Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

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.

Evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

The Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) is a ten year programme, which was established in 2008 and is set to finish in 2018. However, two of the key funders have stopped funding the CBFF, thus providing the impetus for an independent evaluation.

LTS International Limited (LTS) has been contracted to provide a near terminal evaluation of the CBFF. The ToR calls for background papers on the performance of the portfolio of CBFF projects (the Portfolio Performance Review; PPR) and the performance of the CBFF programme governance and implementation (the Organisation and Management Performance Review; OMPR) and a primary data collection and analysis component of the evaluation (the Case Studies Report). The findings from these background papers will provide the basis for the Draft and Final Evaluation Reports, which will inform decision making at the executive level (the donors, CBFF Governing Council; GC, AfDB Board, etc.) and to ensure accountability and lesson learning at the project level (for the CBFF Secretariat / OSAN) and implementing partners/project grantees).

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