Lessons Learned from Support to Civil Society Organisations

Through its Civil Society Support Scheme, Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative 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 assignment involved the development of a Theory-Based Evaluation approach, Evaluation Framework, Survey Instruments and field work Indonesia, DRC, Cameroon, Peru and the USA.

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 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. Contact Philippa Lincoln for further details. 

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Natural Resources Management Programme

The Natural Resources Management Programme (NRMP) is a 4-year programme that will contribute to the implementation of the Vision 2030 long-term development strategy for Kenya, and specifically implementation of the first Medium-Term Plan through related sector strategies and sector development plans.

  • The £42 million programme was managed by the Government of Kenya (GoK) and has 3 components:
  • Environment and Climate Policy and Management
  • Decentralised Management of Natural Resources
  • Civil Society and Private Sector Management of Natural Resources.
  • Technical support managed by a consortium including LTS, NIRAS A/S and CAMCO Advisory Kenya.


The main focus of the NRMP was reduction of poverty through sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. The GoK aimed to tackle food security and decrease livelihood vulnerability in drought-prone districts.


The LTS consortium sort to build capacity in short term Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) and dissemination of SEA guidelines to parliamentarians, lead agencies, provincial environmental committees, and district environmental committees, among others.

Value and benefits

The development of SEAs and subsequent dissemination of guidelines was extremely useful in providing the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) with a process that is able to deal with evaluating cumulative, synergistic, secondary and long-term impacts.

Please see the Programme’s website at www.kenyanrmp.org for further information.

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