Mount Cameroon Project (Phase 2 & Exit)

This project developed mechanisms for resource use and conservation in the high conservation value forests of Mount Cameroon. Partnerships for forest management were formed with a range of stakeholders including village users, national institutions and a major agro-business plantation corporation. The capacity of resource users and other stakeholders to implement a participatory strategy for sustainable use and conservation of forest resources in the Mount Cameroon region was developed and demonstrated by measurable impacts on livelihoods by forest user groups. Key forest resource information was factored into innovative forest management planning methods for use by Forest Officers and community forest managers. The project was based in the Limbe Botanic Garden, which was transformed into a semi-autonomous and viable research, training and information management institution providing services in participatory biodiversity conservation. In the exit phase, the technical assistance managed by LTS put emphasis on strengthening institutional capacity to take on vital roles and services.

Forest Sector Policy and Strategy Project

This project was a coordinated, sector-wide, multi-donor programme which achieved ambitious and complex forestry reform. The purpose of the project was to create a positive, effective and sustainable policy and institutional environment for the Ugandan forestry sector. Major outputs of the project included: the Uganda Forestry Policy (2001), the National Forest Plan (2002), and the new National Forestry and Tree Planting Act (2003). In 2004, the Forestry Department was divested into the Forestry Inspection Division (FID) under the Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment (MWLE) and the new National Forestry Authority (NFA) was launched. LTS was responsible for overall project management and administration, including the recruitment and administration of staff and provision of all technical support for the duration of the project. In achieving these major outputs, the project established poverty and forestry linkages through a National Forest Programme, as well as budget support mechanisms, successfully brokered a process of negotiation between central and local government, enabled business planning and new financing and legal arrangements and established incentive frameworks to balance commercial activities and public service obligations. Finally, it supported decentralised governance through forestry livelihood and carbon sequestration pilots that fed into real time learning mechanisms among the pilots.

Review of the Regional Assistance Programme for Fisheries Development in the Central American Isthmus

The PRADEPESCA commenced in 1990 with the objective of forging the basis for co-ordinated and rational development of the fisheries sector in the Central American region. The programme aimed to encourage co-ordination between the fisheries sectors in each country and develop a regional framework for sustainable development of the sector. LTS was involved in a short term mission to review Phase 1 of the PRADPESCA programme and assess the potential for the fisheries sector in to aid the process of regional integration.

Sustainable Forest Management Programme

The project aimed to improve the management and operation of Barama Company’s forestry operations to enhance the commercial, environmental and social value of its resources. In the first phase, LTS International developed a programme of silvicultural and operational research to improve the quality, accuracy and use of information for sustained yield forest management. This included monitoring the environmental and social impacts of a large logging operation and operational audit. In the second phase, LTS International provided Management support to develop enhanced practices and procedures for planning, management and harvesting.

Feasiblity Study for the Development of a Regional Environmental Strategy

The themes of Environment and Sustainable Development form important strands of the development co-operation between the EC and the Central America. This study was commissioned to examine the feasibility of developing a regional environmental strategy and provide a framework for future development co-operation. LTS International provided short term technical expertise forming part of the three person team to carry out the study. Specific tasks included the development of strategic proposals covering agriculture, industry, environmental protection, climate change and institutional strengthening.

Industrial Review for Bulgarian Post Privatization Fund

LTS assisted the Bulgarian Post Privatization Fund to establish a competitive position of a private client in its target markets. LTS supported the Fund Manager in undertaking an operational, financial and legal due diligence of the Company, which is required prior to presentation of an investment proposal to the Investment Committee. An assessment of the present situation relative to the best industry standards/practices was made. LTS reviewed Western European market for similar products (main producers, main markets, prices, production costs, distribution channels) and developed a marketing and distribution strategy: review of existing product line and propose a new and sustainable product line and marketing and distribution strategy for the Company.