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Contract Award: “Strengthening the Information Base of Natural Habitats, Biodiversity and Environmental Services in the Shire Basin”
Last Updated: February 3rd, 2015

LTS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the “Strengthening the information base of natural habitats, biodiversity and environmental services in the Shire Basin”.

This consultancy falls under the overarching Shire River Basin Management Programme, and aims to increase knowledge of biodiversity and natural habitats within the Shire river basin, supporting Malawi’s responsibilities under their National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).

Contract Award: Miombo Forests, Livelihoods and Climate Resilient Landscapes: Scoping Study
Last Updated: February 2nd, 2015

LTS has been awarded the “Miombo Forests, Livelihoods and Climate Resilient Landscapes: Scoping Study”.

DFID intends to develop a new regional forestry programme focused on wood fuels, livelihoods and resilient landscapes in the Miombo woodlands of eastern and southern Africa. The overall aim of the programme will be to promote sustainable wood fuel energy systems that improve livelihoods and reduce deforestation rates (and associated carbon emissions).

Contract Award: Provision of Baseline Data and Cadastral Maps for Priority Provinces in Indonesia (Lot 1: Aceh Province)
Last Updated: January 21st, 2015

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
Last Updated: January 9th, 2015

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).

TAMD: Kenya Report
Last Updated: December 23rd, 2014

New Publication:

The application of TAMD in Kenya has focused on strengthening local adaptation planning in Isiolo County in support of Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan. TAMD was applied in Isiolo to develop scorecards for county and ward institutions to assess climate risk management. The TAMD methodology was also used to develop a ward-level M&E system that tracked the development outcomes of adaptation interventions funded by the Isiolo County Adaptation Fund. When testing TAMD, participatory methods were important to foster engagement with actors at sub-national and community levels. Active participation by local stakeholders generated new knowledge and learning for policymakers, and enhanced local ownership over adaptation decision-making.

The full research report on the process of applying TAMD in Kenya.

For more information on TAMD please see our project page

TAMD: a step-by-step guide
Last Updated: December 23rd, 2014
New Publication:
Tracking adaptation and measuring development (TAMD) is a conceptual framework to monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation. This toolkit provides step-by-step guidance to develop a robust M&E framework that can be used as part of local and national planning systems, or to assess and compare specific interventions. It will be useful for local and national government officials, development partners and NGO staff seeking to develop adaptation plans and M&E in different contexts.This is the first version of this guidance building on the experience of testing TAMD in Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia and Ethiopia. This guidance will be updated and revised as more experience is generated on each step.

TAMD: a step-by-step guide

For more information on TAMD please see our project page

Contract Extension: Technical Assistance to the Global Climate Change Alliance
Last Updated: December 11th, 2014

LTS is pleased to announce that the “Technical Assistance to the Global Climate Change Alliance” contract, which was due to expire on December 2014, has been extended to 2016.

LTS provides technical advisory support to the ACP Secretariat that contributes to the smooth functioning of the Climate Support Facility (CSF, including the development of the CSF Work programme, prioritisation of relevant TA and monitoring. LTS contributes to the reputation of the ACP Secretariat as a responsive and effective conduit of technical assistance, ensures that the ACP Secretariat remains well informed about important climate issues, helps to raise the level of clarity and communication on climate change issues of ACP regional and national authorities, and contributes to a good coordination among ACP climate change activities and other relevant programmes

For more information on the programme, please see:

Contract Award: Review of the Global Green Growth Institute Country Programme in Indonesia
Last Updated: December 3rd, 2014

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder international organisation, driven by the needs of emerging and developing countries. The GGGI is dedicated to pioneering a new model of economic growth, known as “green growth”, which simultaneously targets economic performance, environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

Indonesia launched its GGGI country programme in September 2012 with the Norwegian Agency for International Development backing and financing. The programme became operative in 2013 and is known as ’the GoI- GGGI Green Growth Program’. Its goal is to mainstream green growth in Indonesia’s economic planning process, both at national and provincial levels, and to integrate the REDD+ program into a much wider green growth approach that should sit at the core of the economic planning process in the country. The programme expected outcomes are an improved understanding of green growth opportunities in the context of existing economic planning process, an accelerated REDD+ pilot delivery mechanism, strengthened capacity at provincial level to implement key pilots in the short term, and enhanced capacity in the government to put together a green growth program at scale in the medium and long run.

LTS carried out the review of the Review of the Global Green Growth Institute Country Programme in Indonesia. The purpose of the review is firstly to determine whether the programme is on track to reach its expected results by the end of the programme period. Secondly, the review will recommend necessary adjustments to the programme based upon the findings and taking into consideration the revised outcome objectives and will include recommendations on how the programme can increase its strategic impact in relevant sectors, especially forests.

The evaluation has been carried out through a:

  • Rapid Assessment of the country programme through a combination of desk based research, field visits and key informant interviews;
  • Review of the financial management of the programme;
  • Cost effectiveness analysis of the conversion of project inputs into outputs.

New publication: Turning the Tide: How Blue Carbon and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) Might Help Save Mangrove Forests
Last Updated: December 1st, 2014

LTS has co-authored a new article in human environment journal AMBIO on How Blue Carbon and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) Might Help Save Mangrove Forests. In this review paper, the potential for, and the key challenges to, applying PES projects to mangroves is described. By adopting a “carbocentric approach,” it is shown that mangrove forests are strong candidates for PES projects. The full article is available to download here:


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Contract Award “Analysis of drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Malawi (Phase 1)”
Last Updated: December 1st, 2014

With the establishment of a national framework to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in Malawi already underway, a detailed workplan has been prepared to ensure Malawi puts in place the necessary building blocks for a REDD+ Readiness Programme.

Understanding proximate and underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Malawi is one of the key building blocks that will inform future actions such as: i) the establishment of reference levels and reference emissions levels; and ii) the categorisation of land use emissions reporting as part of the national greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting system.

As part of this assignment, LTS will be:

  • conducting a meta-analysis of literature on drivers of deforestation and forest degradation;
  • bench marking approaches to conduct a drivers analysis;
  • undertaking an inventory of relevant REDD+ data, assessing and uncatalogued it.
Service areas:
climate change