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Further development of a common mapping platform and methodology for local land use planning in Cameroon
Last Updated: June 8th, 2017

Deforestation in Cameroon is on the rise and is largely driven by expansion of agro-industry, slash and burn agriculture, logging, fuelwood demands, mining and infrastructure development. Competition for productive land in Cameroon has increased, notably with foreign companies seeking large tracts of land (10,000 hectares and above) for agricultural development.

The factors to be addressed during the land use planning process are complex. The EFI Common Mapping Platform (CMP) plays a central role in building commitment to a bottom up, participatory approach that brings together multiple stakeholders to foster a common understanding and agreement on land uses, institutions (rules) for future land management and activities necessary to achieve sustainable land management. It will also foster common understanding between relevant Ministries, regional delegations, civil society and private sector organisations around the data required, methodology and decision support tools to prepare local LUPs. Such an approach will meet both VGGT and REDD requirements, and ensure that it is supported by the higher levels of planning that identify and prioritise national planning targets to guide local decision making.

The common Mapping Platform (CMP) Phase 1 ran from May 2014 to Feb 2016. Under the leadership of the MINEPAT, a multi-stakeholder process was put in place involving a series of workshops with national, regional and local partners. With technical support provided by LTS and Rainbow Consult, the efforts in Phase 1 proved effective in supporting MINEPAT to build a coalition of partners. The coalition aims to develop a methodology for transparent and inclusive local Land Use Plans (LUPs), protocols for standard map layer preparation, and spatial planning tools that better address both social and environmental concerns. LUPs are a pre-requisite for responsible governance, land management, FLEGT and REDD+.

At the end of Phase 1, the MINEPAT expressly requested EFI support to further develop methods and tools for local land use planning and to test them in at least one municipality. This is an essential official endorsement of work done under Phase 1 and a necessary foundation for Phase 2.

CMP Phase 2 of the project is designed to continue EFI support to MINEPAT in implementing its 2011 LUP Law. Phase 2 builds on the foundation and successes of Phase 1 of the EFI Project and the joint initiative to develop a CMP (piloted by MINEPAT with support from EFI, LTS, WRI, RFUK, AJESH, etc.).

Portfolio Review and Gap Analysis for the Multi-Sectoral Investment Plan for Climate Resilience
Last Updated: February 24th, 2017

Ethiopia’s Multi-Sector Investment Plan for Climate Resilience pursues a multi-sectoral approach that identifies priority investments in the agriculture, forestry, water, livestock and energy sectors that enhance climate resilience. The multi-sectoral approach is being used to enhance the likelihood of achieving the transformational effects required from Ethiopia’s green growth strategies. This assignment reviews existing investments and gaps in the resilience building portfolio, and will develop the investment plan.

Ethiopia has set ambitious objectives for strengthening climate resilience and protecting her environment. This has been articulated in the national green growth strategies, as well as specifically in sectoral resilience plans for agriculture, forest, water and energy. Significant advances have been made, and now further action is planned. A multi-sectoral investment plan, based on thorough review of existing projects and assessment of gaps remaining to be filled, is required.

LTS has been contracted to carry out:

  • Portfolio review and gap analysis – Assessing policy and programming gaps and areas of significant investment need.
  • Multi-stakeholder Investment plan development – including project fiches, and with a focus on: upscaling successful activities and reducing duplication and overlap.

Being implemented in a tight timeframe, the work involves significant stakeholder consultation and deep understanding of the Ethiopian resilience context across these sectors, alongside competencies in preparing adequately detailed investments plans.

Satellite Monitoring for Forest Management
Last Updated: January 27th, 2017

The SMFM project will aim to improve global knowledge and capabilities for forest degradation assessment and monitoring dry forest landscapes by building upon and complimenting existing international programs. Second, the SMFM project will support selected countries to develop their Earth Observation (EO) capacity. It will develop and test new or improved methods to process and analyse new satellite EO datasets, with assessments of EO processing methods completed through practical implementation in selected Partner Countries.

The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “Improved methods for satellite monitoring of tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment are available to countries, with technical knowledge and capacity developed for global application in sustainable forest management, including REDD+.”

  • Tropical dry forests are subject to highest rates of deforestation and degradation around the world.
  • Forest degradation is a challenge across dry tropical forests and impacts sustainability of goods and services that these forests provide.
  • Most countries still do not have adequate monitoring capabilities, particularly the use of satellite EO technology.
  • Perceptions of forest degradation vary depending on the cause, the particular goods or services of interest, and the temporal and spatial scales considered.
  • Full understanding of forest degradation processes and of forest condition is lacking in most tropical countries, due to the technical challenges related to the assessment of different types of forest degradation.
  • Monitoring of forest degradation requires that tools are applicable for multiple types of tropical and sub-tropical forests, and that forest degradation can be detected by direct or indirect proxy measures.

Our solution: SMFM project will

  • Develop satellite Earth Observation (EO) methods and global knowledge on monitoring tropical dry forest ecosystems and forest degradation assessment.
  • New earth observation methods developed for monitoring tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment.
  • Dry forest and forest degradation map products for sub-national areas, suitable for forest monitoring and management planning purposes.
  • Improve national technical capacity for monitoring of tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment through training in new satellite EO methods and data.
  • Improve global knowledge of new satellite EO methods and data for monitoring tropical dry forests and forest degradation assessment. Recent advances in satellite EO data provision provide unprecedented views of the Earth and present an opportunity to tackle existing limitations in forest monitoring capabilities:
    1. European Space Agency’s Sentinel missions, United States’ Landsat -8 mission provide open access – dramatic increase in available data
    2. Improved EO methods and tools are required to take advantage of the new Sentinel mission capabilities

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Contract award: Satellite Monitoring for Forest Management (SMFM)
Last Updated: January 27th, 2017

LTS has been awarded the contract for Satellite Monitoring for Forest Management by the World Bank. The SMFM project will aim to improve global knowledge and capabilities for forest degradation assessment and monitoring dry forest landscapes by building upon and complimenting existing international programs. Second, the SMFM project will support selected countries to develop their Earth Observation (EO) capacity. It will develop and test new or improved methods to process and analyse new satellite EO datasets, with assessments of EO processing methods completed through practical implementation in selected Partner Countries.

The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “Improved methods for satellite monitoring of tropical dry forest landscapes and forest degradation assessment are available to countries, with technical knowledge and capacity developed for global application in sustainable forest management, including REDD+.”

Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

LTS International (LTS), in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and E4tech, aim to implement Phase I of the DFID-funded Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) research assignment. The 12-month study will investigate the challenges and opportunities affecting the adoption and roll out of bioenergy across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and provide recommendations on affordable, accessible and innovative bioenergy technologies and business models that will improve poor people’s access to bioenergy. Phase I will lead to a follow-on project, BSEAA Phase II, which is likely to include further targeted research and may lead to direct DFID investment in promising bioenergy technologies in SSA.

LTS will play a leading and managerial role in the assignment responsible for the overall coordination and delivery of outputs to the client. Specific tasks include academic literature review, public/donor stakeholder identification and consultation, country screening, technology prioritisation, in-country visits and consultations, and leadership in consolidating learning and handing over the results to Phase II suppliers.

Development of MEL Approach for the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

LTS is developing a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) approach for the DFID funded Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER programme). The 35million pound WISER programme aims to empower local communities and regional decision-makers through a better understanding of weather and climate. Operating across East Africa, the programme funds a range of activities from strengthening climate information partnerships to enhancing national climate services. The programme partners include the UK Met Office and the Africa climate Policy Centre based in Ethiopia.

LTS will ensure that the programme has a robust MEL framework that can be effectively implemented and ensure good evidence to learning can be generated in the long term about the programme as a whole and its various sub-components. The framework will be (i) easy to understand and communicate (ii) actionable (iii) fully costed and (iv) represent good value for money. The work will be soundly based on existing and emerging understanding of the monitoring and evaluation of weather climate programmes, DFID best practice and link with the International Climate Fund (ICF) indicators where appropriate.

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Evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

The Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) is a ten year programme, which was established in 2008 and is set to finish in 2018. However, two of the key funders have stopped funding the CBFF, thus providing the impetus for an independent evaluation.

LTS International Limited (LTS) has been contracted to provide a near terminal evaluation of the CBFF. The ToR calls for background papers on the performance of the portfolio of CBFF projects (the Portfolio Performance Review; PPR) and the performance of the CBFF programme governance and implementation (the Organisation and Management Performance Review; OMPR) and a primary data collection and analysis component of the evaluation (the Case Studies Report). The findings from these background papers will provide the basis for the Draft and Final Evaluation Reports, which will inform decision making at the executive level (the donors, CBFF Governing Council; GC, AfDB Board, etc.) and to ensure accountability and lesson learning at the project level (for the CBFF Secretariat / OSAN) and implementing partners/project grantees).

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Scaling out Devolved Climate Finance in Tanzania
Last Updated: July 26th, 2016

LTSA is providing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to the Scaling up Devolved Climate Finance in Tanzania project. The project aims to establish local level climate adaptation funds in 15 districts in Tanzania and 13 in Zanzibar.

The five year project, running from April 2016 – 2021, will deliver 4 outputs:

  1. Functional devolved district climate finance and planning mechanisms in 15 districts on mainland Tanzania to finance community-prioritised investments in public goods that build climate resilience.
  2. PO-RALG develop the institutional and financial competencies to scale-up devolved climate finance in support of community-driven adaptation across Tanzania.
  3. Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar develops competencies to use public finance management systems to deliver results based finance for investment in local adaptation.
  4. Evidence and learning on the effectiveness of devolved climate finance investments to improve community resilience, differentiated by gender, is generated and used to inform policy.

The work complements the goals outlined in both Tanzania and Zanzibar’s national climate change strategies, in which institutions and policies are to be established at national level for climate change planning including a climate change finance mechanism. Delivery of the outputs will enable the Governments of Tanzania and Zanzibar to effectively draw down, disburse and monitor the effectiveness of finance from national and international sources to support the building of resilient, economically productive livelihoods, and a climate resilient economy. Currently, there are very few models for the decentralisation of climate finance. This project will provide practical experience and a tested model for effective and robust disbursement of funds to promote adaptation to climate change that can be replicated throughout Tanzania and Zanzibar.

LTS is undertaking the following tasks:

  • Developing a comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) strategy, in collaboration with consortium partners. The strategy will justify and explain tracking of project outcomes, detail a justified capacity building plan on M&E for Tanzanian consortium partners and “capture a wide variety of innovative solutions, especially from the rural areas, and illustrate how they have successfully helped communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change”.
  • Capacity building – implement capacity building in Tanzania and Zanzibar of PO-RALG, Districts, DvAPC and IRDP in accordance with the capacity development plan. This will include both classroom training and “on-the-job” mentoring. Feedback will be collected on training sessions to evaluate quality and support subsequent trainings. A measurable mentoring plan will also be developed and assessed annually.
  • Mentoring – provide ongoing technical advice, support and training where necessary to the MEL Coordinator and to the project in general on climate resilience measurements and M&E requirements, including on TAMD approaches in monitoring and community engagement.
  • Attend and contribute to Consortium meetings and decision making where necessary.

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Mid-term Review of Malawi Livelihood programs
Last Updated: July 14th, 2016

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe signed four new development programmes within the Agriculture and Food Security Portfolio in 2014, all of which have an agreement period of five years.

All four contracts specify that a Mid Term Review shall be conducted by November 2016, and these must be covered above the grant. The main purpose of the assignment is to assess the achievement of the programs against the goals, impacts and outputs outlined in the projects document, and propose recommendations for future work and support.

The main purpose of the services provided will be:

  • Assess the achievements of the projects against the stated goals, impacts and outputs; and
  • Assess the relevance of these projects to the national food security policies, and overall Norwegian development objectives in Malawi.
Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme
Last Updated: July 14th, 2016

The Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP) builds on the achievements of over 20 years of forestry work by the Government of Nepal, supported by the UK, Switzerland and Finland. Community forestry has delivered significant impacts in reducing poverty and in building the capacity of community forest user groups, Government, and non-state actors to improve the sustainability of forest management.

The objective of this assignment is to produce two synthesis papers. The first summarising lessons learnt about the impacts of DFID’s Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme in Nepal (the Impacts Paper), and the second to assess the effectiveness of the MSFP programme modality in delivering programme outputs and outcomes (the Modality Paper). Each paper is to be no more than ten pages in length and will be complemented by a two page summary paper.

The papers will be used to inform DFID’s Project Completion Report of MSFP. It will also be used to share the experience of MSFP with DFID Advisers, DFID Senior Management and, where appropriate, with the international forestry community. The lessons presented in the papers will be of wider relevance to DFID programming in Nepal and beyond.

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