Monitoring and Support to Kosovo Forest Agency for implementing the Silvicultural Treatment of the Young Forests in Kosovo Project

LTS provided a forestry expert to monitor and support Kosovo Forest Agency (KFA) in the implementation of the Public Investment Programme, according to the requirements outlined in the project document, work plan, operational plans, and specific agreement.

In performing the tasks, the team worked in close liaison with the Embassy of Sweden in Pristina. The team monitored and quality checked the KFA project work plan, operational plans and recommendrf eventual revisions based on the Project Document, Administrative instructions for pre-commercial thinning, and agreement between the Embassy of Sweden in Pristina and KFA.

LTS also supported KFA in following up the Result Based Management table for this project, monitoring the implementation of the work by the selected company in the field, and supporting KFA in drafting the final progress and financial report, to be delivered to the Embassy of Sweden in Pristina.

Framework Agreement on Agriculture, Forestry and Environment

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) runs a Framework Agreement within the thematic area of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment. LTS is part of the Orgut led consortium contracted to manage this Framework Agreement and provide experts for technical assistance.

The purpose of the Framework Agreement is to provide a range of expertise that Sida could draw upon for support to its projects and programs. The Framework Agreement also provides inputs to Sida’s strategy and policy processes as well as capacity development. The Services includes quick inputs and short-term assignments with contract values under the 1.2 MSEK threshold.

LTS has so far been involved in four projects within this framework i) Mid-Term Review of the Swedish Financing Support to the Rural Energy Fund (REF), Tanzania, ii) Results Based Management Monitoring and Evaluation (RBM M&E) system in the Natural Resource sector in Rwanda, iii) an Organisational Review and Systems Audit of the Energy Efficiency Fund in Moldova, and iv) Monitoring and Support to Kosovo Forest Agency for implementing the Silvicultural Treatment of the Young Forests in Kosovo.

The objective of the Mid-Term Review of the Swedish Financing Support to the Rural Energy Fund (REF), Tanzania, was to assess progress and advise if there was any need for adjustment in the on-going cooperation between Sweden and Tanzania in the area of rural electrification.

The objective of the consultancy to develop a Results Based Management Monitoring and Evaluation (RBM M&E) system in the Natural Resource sector in Rwanda was to design a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system that would ensure the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) in Rwanda effectively contributed 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 are dependent on ENR.

The objective of the assignment in Moldova is to conduct an organisational review and systems audit of the Energy Efficiency Fund, which itself has the main objective to promote and support investments projects for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The consultancy is responsible to the Ministry of Economy (MoE), Energy Efficiency Agency (EEA), Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF), and affiliate institutions and implementing partners. The majority of tasks are being undertaken in collaboration with implementing sub-sector working groups and other stakeholders.

The objective of the assignment in Kosovo is to monitor and support KFA to implement the project Silvicultural Treatment of Young Forests, according to the requirements in the project document, work plan, operational plans and specific agreement. The LTS Consultant will be in close contact with the Embassy of Sweden in Pristina during the entire project implementation.

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Evaluation of the Sustainability Dimension in Addressing Poverty Reduction

Poverty reduction was an overarching goal of the Finnish development cooperation strategy since 1993 through to the current Development Policy of 2007. The purpose of the evaluation was to identify concrete results and achievements in the Finnish development cooperation, with particular reference to the sustainable development approach. LTS undertook a desk study which was followed by field work in the following countries: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Vietnam, Laos, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The study investigated the poverty reduction outcomes that have taken place in relation to the application of the sustainability concept at a macro level in Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) partner countries; assessed the extent to which MFA interventions since 2000 have made a contribution to these changes through co-operation on forestry and biological resources; drew out lessons from past experiences and thinking, in particular looking for best practice, constraints and innovations; and consequently; identified how MFA interventions could achieve greater impact. The evaluation was guided by the OECD/DAC norms and quality standards for development evaluation.