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Examination of Hectares Indicator for the UK International Climate Fund



The "Hectares Indicator" for assessing area of avoided deforestation is one of the current Key Performance Indicators of the UK International Climate Fund.This indicator is intended to be applicable across the range of current and proposed forestry programmes of the International Climate Fund. The objectives of this assignment are to:
  • determine the fitness for purpose of the hectares indicator,
  • identify ways in which it could be improved, and
  • if the indicator was found to be critically flawed in terms of its practicality and validity of outputs, propose a modified or alternative approach that should be cost-effective and practical to apply
The assignment involves three steps: Analysis of existing hectares indicator methodology, identification of limitations and potential for improvement  
  • Review of international best practice for estimating impacts of avoided deforestation initiatives (scientific methods, other donor programmes, project certification methods)
  • Recommendation of practical indicator approaches, description of strengths, weaknesses and requirements
  • Recommendations for improvement or alternative methods.
LTS is responsible for identification of practical issues and constraints associated with use of the indicator through interviews with DFID Country Office staff and their contractors, and from the staff members' involvement in applying ICF and other donor forest sector KPIs during previous assignments. This includes:
  • What are the challenges on the ground?
  • What datasets are available to project officers?
  • Discussion with programmes on alternative options

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Clients:
Department for International Development

Services:
Climate Change, REDD+, Forest Governance

Geography:
United Kingdom

Date:
2014

Keywords:
Forestry, Deforestation, Indicators,