Technical Assistance to the ACP Secretariat – Global Climate Change Alliance

The EC’s GCCA helps poor developing countries to increase their capabilities to adapt to the effects of climate change and to have their voice better heard in the international climate change negotiations. The LTS led consortium provides expertise in climate change to the ACP Secretariat to support its implementation of the Intra-ACP GCCA programme.

  • This 5-year €1.2m project has embedded high level climate expertise in the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
  • The programme has implemented 48 country/regional level interventions across the ACP states.

Countries across Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific have been able to come together to better articulate and present their positions in international climate negotiations.


Climate change is of major concern to the ACP group of states. The joint ACP/EC declaration on climate change was agreed at the May 2009 Joint ACP-EU Council, agreeing assistance to ACP countries in addressing climate change. A Climate Support Facility (CSF) was established to channel GCCA funding support to ACP countries, guided by the ACP Secretariat.  However, the ACP Secretariat itself has insufficient personnel to ensure adequate in-house capability in climate change to supervise the CSF and related climate support to ACP states.


In response, this contract has placed TA within the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, supporting its implementation of the GCCA programme and the CSF.

LTS provides a full-time climate change expert, and administrative and additional technical assistance. The team provides support to the ACP Secretariat and the wider GCCA, including:

  • policy and institutional development and supervision of the CSF.
  • development of a range of programmatic communication and M&E tools.
  • advisory support on national climate strategies and international negotiations, development of a work programme of technical assistance to ACP countries and regions and responding to requests to the ACP Secretariat for technical assistance.

Dr. Pendo Maro, the LTS climate change expert based in the ACP Secretariat, speaks about the services that the Intra-ACP GCCA programme offers here.  Additional information can also be found on the website.

Value and benefits

The LTS team helps to ensure the ACP Secretariat remains well informed about climate issues so that it can support ACP countries and institutions. The TA support ensures that the programme offers demand driven and coordinated support to countries facing pressures to adapt to climate change and to better articulate their positions in international negotiations.

Achieving Triple Wins: Identifying Climate Smart Investment Strategies for the Coastal Zone

Climate change is affecting developing countries and in most littoral states it is altering the structure and function of coastal areas. In this context national policy makers have to make choices about which development, adaptation and mitigation activities to prioritise and pursue to ensure that impacts and losses are minimised. Despite a need for clarity on the most and least desirable development strategies in the coastal zone, much of the literature on adaptation and mitigation in developing countries has ignored the opportunities and challenges of delivery in coastal areas.

LTS was part of an international team of researchers that were seeking to present the potential co-benefits (and possible damages) from actions that deliver adaptation and mitigation through detailed case studies, supported by a set of policy briefs for national coastal managers, in order to establish an outline proposal for funds to develop an investment planning toolkit. Our focus was on tropical coastal areas in developing countries, particularly those at risk from sea level rise and changes in tropical cyclone intensity. LTS was leading the Kenyan case study for this research, focusing on extractive forestry as a sector with potential to support both adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Our partners in this project were Southampton University, WWF Caribbean, University of Ghana and the Government of Vietnam.

Evaluation of the Improved Food Security for the Rural Poor in Middle Shabelle Project

Somalia has been under food aid for over 20 years due to the ongoing war and lack of investments in the agriculture sector which include infrastructure, input supply and lack of markets amongst others. The Improved Food Security for the Rural Poor in Middle Shabelle Project (IFSRP) aimed to contribute towards strengthening livelihoods at household level in Middle Shabelle, Central Somalia region through reduced food insecurity and broad based development of agriculture. Specifically the project was rehabilitating and developing crop production systems including irrigation schemes and rural infrastructure, promotion of agricultural services and marketing and enhancing the capacities of community-based organisations, the public and private sector and other service providers. The aim of the LTS evaluation was to assess the project’s achievements and way forward for a possible intervention with reference to the project proposal and logframe and to determine the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. In addition special consideration was to be given to the arrangements that the European Committee for Education and Agriculture (CEFA) had put in place to monitor the project from Nairobi as opposed to being in Somalia.