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Support Programme to the Development of the Forest Sector in Rwanda
Last Updated: December 21st, 2012

As part of the second phase of the “Support Programme to the Development of the Forest Sector in Rwanda – PAREF.be2” (2012-2015) implemented by BTC, LTS has been contracted to elaborate terms of reference (ToR) for several bidding documents and consultancies in the forestry sector. The PAREF.be2 programme is implemented under the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA) as a partner with direct beneficiaries.

The focus of this project is to prepare ToR for tender documents and consultancy assignments in the forestry sector. The team has prepared ToR for tender documents and consultancy assignments that will support the High Institute of Agriculture (ISAE) in preparation of training modules in areas related to silviculture of plantations, forest plantation harvesting and agroforestry as well as in the implementation of experimental applied research in these areas.

Program for Eastern Indonesia SME Assistance (PENSA 2) End of Facility Review
Last Updated: December 21st, 2012

LTS and OPM are undertaking the Program for Eastern Indonesia SME Assistance (PENSA 2) End of Term Review for the World Bank. This review includes activities undertaken by IFC-PENSA from July 2008 to December 2012. LTS is providing the Team Leader for this assignment who will oversee the assessment of the performance of PENSA 2 and the assessment of the performance of selected projects based their relevance; effectiveness; efficiency; impact; sustainability; additionality; and their consideration of cross-cutting issues. In addition to overseeing all technical aspects of assignment; the LTS Team Leader will supervise field work; lead the sustainable forestry component evaluation; give presentations to the client; and contribute to all deliverables.

Image: Indonesian coffee beans. Credit: Paul Arps

Mid-Term Review of the Swedish Financing Support to the Rural Energy Fund
Last Updated: December 21st, 2012

LTS has conducted a Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Swedish Financing Support to the Rural Energy Fund (REF). The objective of this MTR was to assess progress and advise if there is any need for adjustment in the ongoing cooperation between Sweden and Tanzania in the area of rural electrification. The MTR summarised obtained and expected results in relation to the Rural Energy Agency’s (REA) Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The study also looked into the efficiency of funding rural energy projects through the Rural Energy Fund (REF); effectiveness of the support, including results (output) achieved so far of the REF financing; feasibility of procedures and work plans in relation to REA guiding documents; sustainability of REF as a funding mechanism; and the likely long term impact of the REF. LTS provided an expert in rural energy and programme evaluations in Tanzania. The LTS expert contributed to the team with his valuable knowledge of rural energy in Tanzania, specifically: the funding of the Rural Energy Fund including Government budget allocations and actual transfers, other inflows, total inflow and outflow of funds, and cash management procedures and rapid site visits to projects supported by REA/REF in Morogoro, Dodoma and coastal regions. The LTS expert’s contacts with organisations and individuals in the field of rural energy were of great value to the MTR. He was also responsible for planning and organising of the field visits.



Notes from the field: including mangrove forests in REDD+
Last Updated: December 17th, 2012

LTS received CDKN Masters Award Funding to investigate including mangrove forests in REDD+, based on experiences from our recent mangroves work in Kenya. CDKN have now published a briefing note on this work, which is available to download here.

A mangrove forest. Image: Robert S. Donovan

Design of a Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods Signature Programme in North-East Kenya
Last Updated: October 3rd, 2012

LTS is currently working with Save the Children to conduct a mapping exercise of which agencies are working in different parts of Kenya’s Wajif County and in which aspects of food security, livelihoods and nutrition they have capacity (expertise, coverage, relationships, etc.). While meetings with some actors are being used to access general or specific information to aid programme design, others were used to explore potential for collaboration.

Image: Potato-W meals reach children in Northern Kenya. Credit: FMSC.

For further information on this assignment, please see the project page here.

Climate Smart Initiative in Ethiopia
Last Updated: September 28th, 2012

An LTS-led consortium has been contracted to implement the Climate Smart Initiative of the World Bank financed Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and  Household Asset Building Programme (HABP) in Ethiopia. This Initiative seeks to strengthen two important food security programmes in Ethiopia – the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and the Household Asset Building Programme (HABP) and to think through how these programmes may evolve after their end date. The goal of this assignment is to make a safety net climate smart through systematically integrating implications of climate change into PSNP and HABP and to determine how a new resilience building programme could enable the Ethiopian Government to manage risks related to climate change.

For further details, please see the project page here.

CPET Transferred to New Operator
Last Updated: September 26th, 2012

The delivery of the CPET service has been transferred, after seven very successful years with Proforest, to a new team. Efeca as leading delivery partner, through the LTS managed FGMC consortium, will take on the delivery of CPET from 1st October, 2012.

The Central Point of Expertise (CPET) has been operated by Proforest since its establishment by Defra in 2005. CPET provides advice, support and communication on the Government’s Timber Procurement Policy, EU Timber and FLEGT Regulations. In light of developing a policy on sustainable procurement, Defra is expanding the CPET service to include palm oil and sustainable woodfuel, effective from 1st October when Efeca-LTS take over operations.

Jonathan Tillson, Deputy Director Sustainable Products and Procurement, Defra commented:  “We would like to thank Proforest for the excellent CPET service they have provided over the last seven years and look forward to working with Efeca-LTS as the new contractors.”

Neil Judd, Director at Proforest said; “Proforest is very proud to have run CPET for the last seven years, working closely with Defra to establish the organisation as a global benchmark for the effective implementation of sustainable public procurement policies. CPET’s role in providing reliable technical advice, combined with a practical approach to application and a highly commended training programme, has been crucial in enabling the UK government’s timber procurement policy to deliver real change across supply chains in the UK. Proforest will continue to use our unique expertise and experience to support the responsible sustainable sourcing of timber, oil palm and other commodities around the world.”

Emily Fripp, Managing Director at Efeca commented: “We look forward to continuing the excellent work of CPET to date and are delighted to have the opportunity to further expand the service to palm oil and woodfuel. Working in partnership with public buyers and key stakeholders including the wider trade, we believe in CPET’s ability to help strengthen the drive in sustainable consumption and production of forest and agricultural commodities, in the UK and globally.”

Patrick Abbot, Managing Director of LTS International Ltd added: “with the UK Government’s continued support for implementation of the Timber Procurement Policy and in the light of upcoming FLEGT licenses and implementation of the new EU Timber Regulation we expect CPET to be particularly important as a source of advice, information and insight for public sector buyers and their suppliers to support compliance with the UK Government’s Timber Procurement Policy and related Government Buying Standards. Combined with its extended scope, the profile of CPET is set to grow. LTS and our lead partners Efeca are pleased to be involved in the CPET at this important time.”

New home for CPET!

Please note that as CPET has moved to Efeca-LTS. The new contact details are

Tel:    01305 236 100

Email:  cpet@efeca.com

Website: www.cpet.org.uk

New Policy Brief Published: Lessons from Accrediting National Implementing Entities in Jamaica and Senegal
Last Updated: September 26th, 2012

LTS were contracted to develop a policy brief that explores the experiences of two of the earliest accredited National Implementing Entities (NIEs): the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Senegal’s Centre de Suivi Écologique (CSE). The policy brief has now been published and can be downloaded here.


Please see the “Policy Briefs – Inside Stories in Climate Compatible Development” project page here for further information.

Helping to better understand the fiscal and regulatory mechanisms necessary to achieve CCD in the coastal zone
Last Updated: August 22nd, 2012


LTS has been awarded a contract by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to lead on the policy analysis and the economic analysis of the iCoast project in Kenya and Sri Lanka.

The iCoast project will conduct evidentiary analysis in Sri Lanka and Kenya of the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental barriers to climate compatible development (CCD) implementation at the coastal zone; develop cost-curves of applying CCD to the coastal zone using newly tested benefit transfer methodologies; map the fiscal and regulatory mechanisms necessary to achieve CCD in the coastal zone of Kenya and Sri Lanka under different market scenarios; and map the value of coastal landscapes and their potential to support CCD in the coastal zone highlighting priority areas for attention in the short, medium and long-term national strategies.

Coasts are regions of great importance for human well being and are of national economic importance for coastal states. Coastal ecosystems provide numerous ecosystem services supporting a significant proportion of the world’s population, particularly in developing countries but are some of the most vulnerable to climate change. Despite their importance, coastal ecosystems continue to degrade, challenging climate resilience in coastal developing countries.

LTS-led consortium’s evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative’s (NICFI) support to Civil Society published at public seminar in Oslo and now available online
Last Updated: August 21st, 2012

Pat Hardcastle Technical Director of the evaluation, Project Direct Chris Inglis and Senior Consultant Philippa Lincoln led a team including representatives of consortium partners Indufor, CMI, Ecometrica, during the presentation of results at a public meeting in Oslo.

Through its Civil Society Support Scheme, NICFI has provided grants to over 40 civil society and research institutions to implement projects related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. Projects range from primary research into technical aspects of REDD+, to policy advocacy and work on safeguards, to capacity building and REDD+ demonstrations.

The principle purpose of the evaluation was to determine whether the NICFI investment of over 650 million Norwegian kroner in support to civil society was on target to help the Initiative reach its overall climate and development goals.

The evaluation team found that projects were contributing to the development of an enabling environment for REDD+, were contributing to the development of national REDD+ strategies with a strong focus on social safeguards and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. In addition, projects were generating useful new knowledge and supporting local partners to become strong REDD+ actors in their own right.

The team recommended ways in which reporting systems and knowledge management processes might be improved. The NICFI management team have rapidly adopted the principle recommendations of the evaluation and have  initiated discussions on how best to  address these issues with a view to improving internal systems and better capturing new knowledge generated by the projects.


Read the full report here

Following the public seminar political advisor to Norway’s Ministry of Environment, Mr Audun  Garberg commented that the report will aid the development of Norway’s policies for strengthening civil society in developing countries in the context of forests and climate change.


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