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New Event: LTS Goes Ape!
Last Updated: September 6th, 2013

On August 24th most of the LTS team, along with some of their family members, visited the GoApe Tree Top Adventure course in the Scottish Borders. Great fun was had by all on the various obstacles, zip wires, and tarzan swings before the team made their way down the hill for a delicious BBQ lunch.

The LTS team before taking on the Tree Top Adventure course.

New Publication: Simone Vaccari Publishes Paper on Bias in LiDAR-Based Canopy Gap Fraction Estimates
Last Updated: May 15th, 2013

Simone Vaccari of LTS has published a paper on bias in lidar-based canopy gap fraction estimates in Remote Sensing Letters.

Simone’s work using lidar in the context of forest biomass measurement is highly relevant to LTS’ REDD+ services.

The paper can be downloaded/purchased using the link below.

Vaccari, S., van Leeuwen, M., Calders, K., Coops, N. C., and Herold, M., 2013. Bias in lidar-based canopy gap fraction estimates, Remote Sensing Letters 4(4), pp. 391-399

Abstract: Leaf area index and canopy gap fraction (GF) provide important information to forest managers regarding the ecological functioning and productivity of forest resources. Traditional measurements such as those obtained from hemispherical photography (HP) measure solar irradiation, penetrating the forest canopy, but do not provide information regarding the three-dimensional canopy structure. Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is an active sensor technology able to describe structural forest attributes by measuring interceptions of emitted laser pulses with the canopy and is able to record the spatial distribution of the foliage in three dimensions. However, due to the beam area of the laser, interceptions are detected more frequently than using conventional HP, and GF is typically underestimated. This study investigates the effects of laser beam area on the retrieval of GF by using morphological image processing to describe estimation bias as a function of canopy perimeters. The results show that, using canopy perimeter, improvements in correlation between HP and TLS can be achieved with an increase in the coefficient of determination R 2 up to 28% (from an original R 2 of 0.66 to an adjusted R 2 of 0.85).

LTS Consultant Pendo Maro on the Intra-ACP Support Programme to the Global Climate Change Alliance
Last Updated: May 1st, 2013

Dr. Pendo Maro of LTS International, the Technical Assistant on Climate Change to the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, speaks on the type of services that the Intra-ACP GCCA programme offers:

For more on LTS’ GCCA TA to the ACP Secretariat click here. Additional information can also be found on the capacity4dev.eu website.

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IIP 10 Year Award for LTS
Last Updated: April 10th, 2013

LTS has been continuously accredited as an Investors in People (IIP) organisation for the last 10 years. As a result, LTS was recently awarded the Investors in People 10 Year Award certificate.

LTS’ continuous IIP accreditation over the last 10 years is evidence of the company’s commitment to motivating and engaging employees in the business, promoting ideas and innovation as well as improving quality, loyalty and advocacy in the organisation.

Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan is officially launched
Last Updated: April 1st, 2013

On March 27th, Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan was officially launched following an extensive consultation process. LTS was involved in developing two of the eight sub-components of the plan: Component 3: National Adaptation Plan and Component 6: National Performance and Benefit Measurement Framework. The full Plan can be viewed/downloaded here.

Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development
Last Updated: January 22nd, 2013

LTS was recently contracted by IIED to formulate a design and appraisal report for the Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) project in Kenya. LTS is formulating the design and appraisal report, finding agreement on the next steps in the TAMD initiative, the options for implementation and engaging with policy partners (Ministry of Planning, etc.) to mainstream the TAMD approach within macro-sectoral planning.

Monitoring and Evaluation for the Climate Innovation Centre
Last Updated: January 22nd, 2013

LTS has been awarded a contract by infoDev, a global partnership program within the World Bank Group, to develop and support a comprehensive M&E system to track and measure the performance of the Kenya’s Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), including an overall M&E strategy and implementation processes.

Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development
Last Updated: January 22nd, 2013

LTS has, in collaboration with Tetra Tech, been awarded a contract by USAID to implement the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development (PREPARED) programme. Specifically, LTS is to be responsible for implementing the Biodiversity Conservation component of the Programme. PREPARED is a five year, multi-organisation, comprehensive programme aimed at mainstreaming integrated, multi-sectoral, evidence-based, climate-resilient development planning and programme implementation into the EAC and its Partner States’ development agendas. Successful planning for the regional development challenges will involve strong working partnerships, coordination, and capacity building among a broad range of institutions in the climate change, biodiversity, and water supply and sanitation communities to create and strengthen policy leadership and knowledge frameworks that support and integrate adaptive and strategic decision making and more effective development. At a minimum, this will require the collaboration and alignment of the following independently-funded implementing partners: EACS; LVBC; IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center; FEWS NET; and RCMRD.

LTS Africa will work with the LVBC and partner states to facilitate landscape-scale freshwater biodiversity efforts under an IWRM framework. LTS will lead Component 2 (Biodiversity Conservation) of this project (a $2 million component), using the regional knowledge of LTS Africa and decades of experience in transboundary biodiversity conservation in East Africa to provide targeted support through conducting key ecosystem and biodiversity assessments.

Design of the Community Development Trust Fund Climate Change Programme
Last Updated: January 21st, 2013

LTS has been contracted by Danida to design and formulate a thematic call for proposals for the Community Development Trust Fund – Community Environment Facility (CDTF-CEF). For this assignment, LTS has been developing guidelines for implementation as well as making recommendations on the design / procurement of an appropriate online application to support the call for proposals itself. LTS has also been providing overall recommendations on the most feasible, viable and cost effective call for proposal process.

M&E System for the Environment and Natural Resources Sectors in Rwanda
Last Updated: January 18th, 2013

LTS has been contracted, in partnership with Orgut, to develop a functional monitoring and evaluation system for the natural resource management sector in Rwanda. The objective of this consultancy is to design a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system that ensures the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) in Rwanda effectively contributes to national sustainable development through results based management support to the sector as well as across other sectors of the economy whose optimum performance and productivity is dependent on ENR.

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climate change