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Contract award: Nepal Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP) – Lessons Learnt Papers 1 & 2
Last Updated: July 14th, 2016

The Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP) builds on the achievements of over 20 years of forestry work by the Government of Nepal supported by the UK, Switzerland and Finland. Community forestry has delivered significant impacts in reducing poverty; and in building the capacity of community forest user groups, the government, and non-state actors to improve the sustainability of forest management.

LTS has been contracted for producing two synthesis papers. The first summarising lessons learnt about the impacts of DFID’s Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme in Nepal (the Impacts Paper), the second to assess the effectiveness of the MSFP programme modality in delivering programme outputs and outcomes (the Modality Paper). Each paper is to be no more than 10 pages in length and will be complemented by a 2 page summary paper.

Contract Award: Mid-Term Evaluation of the NAMA Facility
Last Updated: July 13th, 2016

The NAMA Facility, officially announced by Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) at the eighteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP18) in Doha with combined funding of €120m, is now into its third year.  Denmark and the European Commission (EC) have since contributed €25m and an additional £75m of UK International Climate Fund (ICF) funding was approved in 2015. The NAMA Facility is managed by a Technical Support Unit (TSU) jointly run by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and KfW. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) sit on the Facility’s Board, which approves funding for the implementation of NAMA Support Projects (NSPs).

GIZ has contracted LTS International to carry out a Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) of the NAMA Facility. The objective is to analyse and improve the understanding of:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the NAMA Facility at all levels (governance, TSU, NSP pipeline and portfolio)
  • The relevance of the NAMA Facility to different stakeholders: beneficiaries and recipient countries, to Donors, to Delivery Organisations.
  • How the management of implementation of the NAMA Facility can be further improved, including answering questions related to the funding modalities (e.g. looking at global competitive bids and how they have worked and not worked
Contract Award: Development of a Comprehensive Landscape Methodological Approach for ISFL
Last Updated: July 13th, 2016

The BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) seeks to promote reduced greenhouse gas emissions from land-use. The Initiative will support reducing deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+), increasing sustainable agriculture, and smarter land-use planning, policies and practices. ISFL is currently operating in Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Zambia. Contributors to ISFL include Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

ISFL designs programmes that focus on an integrated approach to the entire landscape with the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and producing co-benefits, such as improvements to livelihoods or agricultural productivity. For example, an ISFL program could coordinate efforts in sustainable agricultural production projects, agro-forestry schemes, assisted natural regeneration, energy projects, water management, and REDD+, to align objectives and maximise impacts in the jurisdiction. Ultimately, jurisdictions that implement these measures are expected to generate emission reductions that can be purchased by ISFL through a results-based financing mechanism.

This project will produce a background document that will support future discussions on the development of a comprehensive landscape methodological approach. The document will: (i) describe and analyse the IPCC guidelines to ensure ISFL Contributors have a common understanding of the guidelines and the decisions required to build the ISFL methodological approach and (ii) provide an analysis of available relevant data in ISFL countries. As part of this analysis, an understanding of the quality of data sets will also be ascertained.

Contract Award: GROW – Community Oil Palm Outgrower Scheme Operational Model and Financial Plan Development
Last Updated: July 13th, 2016

This assignment is focused on developing a robust Community Oil Palm Outgrower Scheme Operational Model and Financial Plan that takes into account Liberia’s unique cultural and land tenure context. The output will be informed by best practice and lessons learned from oil palm outgrower schemes in different parts of the world, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Africa.

New Project – Formulation of the Future Cooperation in the Kenyan Forestry Sector
Last Updated: June 30th, 2016

LTS has been contracted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland for an assignment to design the future Finnish-Kenyan cooperation in the field of forest sector development. This is a continuation of the long collaboration of more than 25 years that the Government of the Kenya and the Government of Finland have had in forest sector development. The most recent collaboration was the 2007-2016 bilateral program “Miti Mingi Maisha Bora – Support to Forest Sector Reform (MMMB)” which is aiming for a “a reduction in poverty through ensuring that the forest sector contributes effectively and sustainably to improving the lives of the poor, restoring the environment, and aiding the economic recovery and growth of Kenya, within the context of Vision 2030.”

For further details of this assignment please see here.

New Project – Review of Governance of the Forest Sector in Kenya
Last Updated: June 30th, 2016

LTS conducted a study between February and May 2016 for Kenya Forest Service to provide a clear picture on how governance aspects of the forest sector agenda in Kenya have taken shape since a similar study was carried out in 2011. Kenya’s forest sector has been going through reforms since 2007 when the Forests Act (2005) was enacted. The Government of Finland and the Government of Kenya (GoK) have supported the reform process through the “Miti Mingi Maisha Bora (MMMB) – Support to Forest Sector Reform in Kenya” Programme, 2009-2016.

For further details on this study, please see the project page here.

Project Update – Development of the National Adaptation Plan, Kenya
Last Updated: June 24th, 2016

LTS Africa recently finalised Kenya’s National Adaptation Plan 2015-2030 (NAP) which aims “to consolidate the country’s vision on adaptation supported by macro-level adaptation actions that relate with the economic sectors and county level vulnerabilities in order to enhance long term resilience and adaptive capacity.” This is Kenya’s first plan on adaptation, and will help the government move toward Vision 2030 goals by mainstreaming climate change adaptation into planning and action. The NAP will assist national and county governments to implement the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) by providing guidance on priority actions. The NAP articulates a mainstreaming approach under which adaptation and development goals are complementary.

It is expected that NAP will be used by:

  • National and county government to inform planning and budgeting;
  • Non-state actors, including the private sector, to inform risk planning and business decisions; and
  • Development partners to align funding with Kenya’s adaptation priorities.
  • Civil society to assist in the implementation of  prioritised adaptation actions

The NAP describes the national circumstances in Kenya, including current and project climate scenarios that impact decision making. A climate hazard and vulnerability assessment provides information on droughts, flooding and sea level rise. The NAP explores governance structures, including the policy and regulatory framework, institutional arrangements, and a monitoring and reporting framework.

A briefing note on the NAP was presented by the National Climate Change Secretariat during the 21st meeting of Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris in December 2015.

Read more details on this project here.

Contract Award – Technical Assistance Facility under the Programme for Support to Agriculture
Last Updated: February 23rd, 2016

The TAF aims to provide additional capacity, expertise, knowledge and evidence to support the Government of Rwanda in the implementation of the latest Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PSTA III) which covers the period 2013-2017, and to help inform the development of the next Strategic Plan. The targeted outcome of the programme is that the capacity and systems for inclusive and sustainable growth that benefits the poor are in place.

LTS is advising the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources and its related implementing agencies, the Rwanda Agriculture Board and other Government departments involved in the delivery of PSTA III, at both central and decentralised levels to improve knowledge and analysis, M&E systems design and capacity building on climate change and gender. LTS is leading on the development of a functional Management Information Systems which is aligned to the Agriculture Sector Investment Plan.

M&E for “Transforming the economy through climate smart agribusiness”
Last Updated: February 22nd, 2016

The stated goal of this project is to evaluate the ‘Northern Uganda – Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agribusiness’ (NU-TEC) project and to assess the outcomes and impact which can be specifically attributed to this programme. This is a complex task given the complexity of the agri-business sector in Northern Uganda, characterised by a myriad of political economy determinants. The main aim of this evaluation is to monitor the evolution of the project and make workable recommendations on how to improve the outcome and impact of NU-TEC and secure the ongoing success of this very significant DFID investment into Northern Uganda.

Contract Award – Evaluation Management Unit for FLAG
Last Updated: February 22nd, 2016

FLAG is a £32.5 million programme that aims to deliver effective and transparent land-use systems, government accountability at Provincial level, and transparency on land licencing decisions.
FLAG supports the improvement of sustainable and responsible business, particularly in palm oil, and promote alternative approaches to large scale deforestation.

The EMU will develop and implement an evaluation framework for evaluating the programme at the project and programme levels. The evaluation framework will ensure that the data is gathered and analysed for each project, and then synthesized for the evaluation of the overall programme.

LTS will assess the results achieved by FLAG and take care of a learning approach, which will support evidence-based decision making regarding the scale-up or redesign of the interventions.

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redd
FLEGT
climate change
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water
ecosystems