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Contract Award – M&E Support to MORE project in Ethiopia
Last Updated: February 22nd, 2016

Mercy Corps is leading the project “Market Opportunities in the Somali Region of Ethiopia (MORE)” over a 54 month period. Mercy Corps is working with the Somali Regional State to provide equitable and visible improvements in livelihoods and resilience, and increasing the economic opportunities of vulnerable groups.

LTS International is providing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support to the consortium led by Mercy Corps.

New Publications: “Agriculture under Uncertain Climate Change Predictions” and “Environmental Markets in Malawi”
Last Updated: February 8th, 2016

LTS staff supervised Joanna Ferreira and Han Zhang in the MSc final disserations.

Joanna completed a dissertation on Environmental Markets in Malawi, which analysed efficiency for buyers of paying for watershed services.

Han’s work deals focuses on land use options available to Malawi’s smallholder farmers in the wake of climate change unpredictability.

Research Reports have been produced by LTS Malawi. They are available here and here.

LTS develops new technology: the RaVeN tool
Last Updated: January 20th, 2016

LTS has developed a new technology that uses optical and radar satellite data to map land suitable for pasture in arid regions.

The RaVeN monitoring tool (Rangeland Vegetation NDVI monitoring 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 information, please visit the BRACED website here.

Contract Award for Enhancing Direct Access to Adaptation Funding in Kenya
Last Updated: January 18th, 2016

LTSA has been awarded a contract for providing technical support to the Government of Kenya to develop an investment-grade adaptation pipeline, develop 2-3 project concept notes and 1-2 full proposals for GCF funding.

More information on the project is available here.

LTS establishes Indonesian office
Last Updated: December 3rd, 2015

LTS is pleased to announce that we now have an office in Jakarta, Indonesia! This office will build upon our expanding work in Indonesia – so watch this space.

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Contact details are:

LTS International Limited
Mayapada Tower 11th Floor
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 28
Jakarta 12920
Tel: +62 21 5289 7431
Fax: +62 21 5289 7399

Contract Award: Due Diligence on a REDD+ Project in Kenya
Last Updated: November 23rd, 2015

LTS has been contracted to provide technical support to International Finance Corporation (IFC) Climate and Carbon Finance Unit (GCCCU) in undertaking an evaluation of an existing Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community Biodiversity (CCB) Standard verified REDD+ project in Kenya. The evaluation will determine the likely future viability of the project based on a systematic review of its components, including the management system, business, legal, and financial assumptions.

Contract Award: Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management in Borneo
Last Updated: October 16th, 2015

LTS has been contracted to provide Technical Assistance to the Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management in Borneo.

This programme is designed to assist the Government of the Republic of Indonesia in enhancing conservation and sustainable forest and biodiversity in the Heart of Borneo (HOB) – Indonesia a as well as improving the prosperity of local communities living in the region.

In pursuing these goals, ADB and the Government of Indonesia have agreed to set up a three year programs of capacity building related to sustainable forest and biodiversity management, pilot model of Reducing Emission from Forest Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) and Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) located within the community forest in the Forest Management Unit (FMU) of the District of Kapuas Hulu and District of Malinau.

The programme with also involves capacity building. Capacity Building programmes will cover Nunukan and Melawi districts, and other districts in HOB region. At the end of the TA, both ADB and the Government of Indonesia expect to exhibit the improvement of community wellbeing and enhancement of knowledge and strong attitude toward sustainable forest and biodiversity management within selected communities in the region.

Contract Award: Review of Civil Society on REDD in DR Congo
Last Updated: October 13th, 2015

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) provides grants to civil society organisations (CSOs) working on climate and forest issues in developing countries through its Civil Society Department. Norad has provided grants to CSOs since 2009, and will enter into new agreements for the period 2016-2020. Amongst the prioritized countries for the grant scheme is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Norad currently supports several CSOs that implement projects in DRC.

LTS has been contracted for implementing the external review. The external review is part of the overall assessment of selected Norad grant recipients working with climate and forest issues in DRC. The review assesses the results of four CSOs funded by the Civil Society Department under the current grant period (2010-2015). The findings from the review will inform Norad’s decisions regarding continuation or adjustments of future cooperation with the organisations in the upcoming grant period from 2016-2020.

The review describes, assesses and verifies the results achieved over the last 5-6 years. The scope includes the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) and Care Norway – all have received Norad support for their DR Congo programmes since 2010.

Contract Award: StARK+
Last Updated: October 9th, 2015

LTSA is providing technical support to the Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Plus (StARK+) programme funded by DFID to finalize Kenya’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) which highlights Kenya’s adaptation priorities in a format that is easily accessible for reference by county governments, sectoral ministries, private sector and civil society actors and development partners.

Kenya’s NAP is based on Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) that was validated in 2012 and launched in 2013. NCCAP adaptation works were consolidated into an Adaptation Technical Analysis Report (ATAR), as the final output under the relevant component of the NCCAP to generate political buy-in. The ATAR was used to develop a draft NAP in early 2013 which was inadequate and needed further refining.

LTSA will review and edit the current draft NAP, and generate metrics of priority actions, their costs and provide some indicative milestones. LTSA will ensure that the NAP is workable, actionable and contributes to adaptation understanding and action at the county and national levels. We will do this by aligning the NAP with the draft National Climate Change Framework Policy, Climate Change Bill 2014, Ending Drought Emergencies Strategy (EDE) and other disaster risk reduction initiatives at the national level as well as linking it with respective County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) at the county levels.

Contract Award: Green Growth Development Strategy for Uganda
Last Updated: October 9th, 2015

LTS is providing technical support to the government of Uganda in developing Uganda’s Green Growth Development Strategy on behalf of UNDP. The strategy is intended to address Uganda’s contribution to global climate change and global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by assisting the government, businesses, and others in establishing the key enabling conditions and tools needed to participate in emerging international GHG management frameworks and meet obligations under the Copenhagen Accord, as reaffirmed during the UN climate conference in Cancun in December 2010.

The Programme focuses on building capacity for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) of GHG emissions, market readiness for increased financing and private sector investment in emissions reduction activities.

LTS will develop a green growth development strategy integrated to national circumstances and priorities to address future challenges transferable to and actionable by national authorities. LTS will prioritise local participation and know how, as well as political support and buy-in. We will undertake data collection and analysis through stakeholder consultations and validations and iterative reporting processes.

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