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New Contract: Real-time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative – Synthesis Evaluation
Last Updated: June 4th, 2014

The Real-time Evaluation of Norways’s International Climate and Forest Initiative has reached the Synthesis Evaluation phase.

The aim of this assignment is to determine the results of NICFI towards achievement of its core objectives over the period from 2007-2013. The assessment covered the four most established bilateral partnerships (Brazil, Guyana, Indonesia and Tanzania), which provide good coverage of country level results-based partnerships, including readiness progress, MRV and financial mechanisms. This sample also contains a range of ecological contexts (from rain forest to dry forest) and a range of country positions along the forest transition curve.

The assessment also included NICFI’s support to multilateral REDD+ institutions (the Congo Basin Forest Fund, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility; Forest Investment Program, UN-REDD Programme); NICFI’s support to civil society institutions through its dedicated civil society grant scheme, and NICFI activities focused on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change REDD+ negotiations.

Information was analysed and results synthesised across each country and modality of NICFI support to generate an assessment of overall achievement against the NICFI core objectives. In addition, findings of a strategic nature on REDD+, and NICFI’s place within the REDD+ arena, where identified, with a view to informing discussions on the future strategy of NICFI.

New Contract: Implementation of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Program – Phase 3
Last Updated: April 23rd, 2014

LTS has been contracted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to implement Phase 3 of the Indonesia Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP3). LTS is the lead framework supplier to the DFID-funded Forest Governance Markets and Climate Programme, which provides the funding for MFP3 implementation.

LTS is the lead contract holder for MFP3 support and collaborates with the Oxford Policy Management who delivers the project through its Jakarta office. Other key consortium partners include Efeca, IIED, SNV, HuMa and ICEL.

The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) aims to improve management of forests throughout Indonesia has reduced rural poverty, enhanced biodiversity conservation and strengthened climate protection by significantly reducing emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) practices in Indonesia. For further details on this new long term contract, please click here.

New Conference: 5-7 May 2014: Second Regional Technical Meeting of the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme
Last Updated: April 22nd, 2014

The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme (1) is holding its Second Regional Technical Meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May, 2014 in Brussels at the ACP House. The Second RTM will build on the momentum generated by a successful First RTM held in Belize in July 2013. It will seek to explore ways to improve the exchange of information, synergies, improve cooperation and coordination among the regions and between the regions and the ACP Secretariat. Click here for further details.

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New Contract: Nile Story
Last Updated: April 1st, 2014

LTS has been contracted by the World Bank to research and convey the results of the Nile Basin Initiative’s program over the last 15 years through the development of a suite of communications materials, informally called the “Nile Story.” For more information, please click on the Nile below.

New Contract: LTS to provide services to the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative for at least 2 more years
Last Updated: March 5th, 2014

LTS International will be providing administration, monitoring and evaluation services to the UK’s Darwin Initiative through a 2 year contract with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The Darwin Initiative is the UK Government’s flagship biodiversity conservation grant fund and has been funded since its launch at the Rio Convention in 1992. In the 22 years it has been running it has provided over £97M to 835 projects in 157 countries. Funded by DFID, Defra and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), it supports projects and organisations in Overseas Territories and developing countries. LTS commenced its new contract in February 2014.

LTS has supported the Darwin Initiative for over 10 years. “We deem it a great privilege to contribute to this hugely respected programme; it has a global Brand and a footprint that stretches across the five continents” LTS’ Managing Director, Paddy Abbot, said, adding …“with the inclusion of DFID as a Darwin Initiative co-funder, the importance of securing both biodiversity and development benefits has become more prominent; this includes combatting the illegal wildlife and endangered species trade. We will help guide this evolution through our administrative support for the programme and encouraging best practice for the projects.”

New Contract: Implementation Service Provider for Catchment Management
Last Updated: March 1st, 2014

LTS is working with Mott MacDonald on a World Bank funded initiative as the Implementation Service Provider for Catchment Management in sub catchments of the Shire River Basin in Malawi. For further details of this exciting new long term project, please click on the Shire River below.

New Event: LTSA Celebrates!
Last Updated: January 25th, 2014

On 24th January 2014, LTS Africa hosted a party to celebrate 40 years of LTS supporting sustainable development in East Africa and worldwide.

LTS Group Managing Director Paddy Abbot cuts a cake to celebrate LTS' 40 years supporting sustainable development worldwide. Image courtesy of Migwa Nthiga.

New Publication: Coping with Change
Last Updated: December 4th, 2013

Since 2006, the Productive Safety Net Programme has provided regular and predictable cash and/or food transfers to very poor households in the poorest parts of Ethiopia to help them meet their basic needs. In exchange, most of these poor households have worked on community projects, restoring the natural environment, as well as renovating social infrastructure such as primary schools, health posts and roads.

“Coping with Change: How Ethiopia’s PSNP & HABP are building resilience to climate change” is a publication produced by LTS for World Bank as one of the outputs of the Productive Safety Net Programme and Household Asset Building Programme: Climate Smart Initiative. It can be downloaded here.

New Report: Real-Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative Contribution to Measurement, Reporting and Verification
Last Updated: September 26th, 2013

On September 25th LTS attended a public seminar on the Real-Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative Contribution to Measurement, Reporting and Verification.

The report produced by the LTS led consortium for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation’s Evaluation Department can be downloaded here.

New Event: LTS 40th Anniversary Party
Last Updated: September 6th, 2013

On August 29th, LTS celebrated its 40th Anniversary in style at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens (RBGE). A champagne reception was followed by speeches from RBGE’s Regius Keeper, Professor Stephen Blackmore; LTS’ Managing Director, Paddy Abbot; and LTS’ Business Development Director, Scott Geller. LTS staff from past and present and invited guests then enjoyed dinner, post-dinner drinks, and sharing of stories from LTS’ rich history, into the early hours.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

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