Implementation of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme – Phase 3

The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) in Indonesia facilitates partnerships between central and local government, civil society and the private sector in supporting relevant policy analysis and development, assisting Indonesia to implement its FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).

This contract is the third phase of support, which has been ongoing from DFID since 2000.

A brochure on MFP is available here.

The 11.7 million-pound MFP3 is funded through DFID’s Forest Governance Markets and Climate framework programme.

LTS is the lead contract holder for MFP3 support and collaborates with the Oxford Policy Management who delivers the project through its Jakarta office. Other key consortium partners include Efeca, IIED, SNV, HuMa and ICEL.

The program has outputs around: adoption of the SVLK timber legality assurance system; effective implementation of community-centred forest management; and mechanisms for assuring access to forest and land resources by community groups.


Over the past decade the Indonesian Government has committed to eradicate illegal logging and conserve its forests.  However, policing forests and ensuring compliance has proved challenging. The Government recognised that existing international trade in illegal timber products drives illegal logging.  In May 2011 Indonesia and the European Union concluded negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), committing the Indonesian Government to implement systems that ensure its timber products exported to the EU have been legally produced. This contract continues DFID support to Indonesian forest governance, with this phase focused on implementing the VPA:  the first shipment of verified legal timber under the VPA scheme left Jakarta on November 2016, bound for London.


Contracted services include:

  • Provision of a core management structure to coordinate programme activities.
  • Management of sub-contracts related to training, external monitoring, consultancies, reviews and other specialist services.
  • Development of dossiers for calls for proposals for grants to project partners; implementation of systems for evaluation of proposals; award of grants; and supervision of implementation.
  • Coordination of systems needed for programme oversight, including Steering Committee meetings and preparation and submission of reports.
  • Secretariat support to the Ministry of Forestry and EU Delegation, for efficient organisation and operation of the Joint Implementation Committee and related monitoring.

Value and Benefits

The intended outcome is the establishment of a legal and technically effective community-based forest industry that:

  • complements corporate industrial forest production,
  • reduces illegal logging (unplanned forest degradation) and unplanned deforestation,
  • provides greater tenure security,
  • improves rural livelihoods,
  • protects forest ecosystems and the environment, and
  • mitigates climate change.
  • It aims to improve management of forests throughout Indonesia in order to reduce rural poverty, enhance biodiversity conservation, strengthen climate protection by significantly reducing emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) practices.

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Nile Story

The objectives of the Nile Story are:

  • To develop new ways to describe the results of the Nile programme in qualitative and quantitative terms at the programme and project levels, including the outcomes and impacts of the support.
  • To convey these results in a variety of communications products targeted at different audiences.

The consultancy researches and conveys the results of the Nile programme enabled by the NBTF, coordinates country and partner support, and packages the findings into a suite of communications materials, informally called the ‘Nile Story’. The work covers the years 1999 through June 2014.

The Nile Story captures systematically the breadth and depth of progress made by the Nile Basin countries on the development track in pursuit of their Shared Vision in both qualitative and quantitative terms.

Building transboundary cooperation is a long term process and Nile cooperation is still in early stages. The Nile story should make reference to some of the challenges experienced and those that that lie ahead. The Nile Story aims to be ‘people centered’, with a focus on what has changed among stakeholders, including changes in attitudes, behaviors, and actions on the ground.

LTS developed a suite of communications products to tell the story of the Nile Basin Initiative over its 15 year history. The products reviewed work already undertaken to capture the progress of the Nile countries, conducted new research and analysis of NBI and national level progress resulting from the Nile programme, and established a framework through which the results of the Nile programme can be conveyed.

The Nile Story publications are available here

Implementation Service Provider for Catchment Management


This contract is to provide consultancy services to facilitate field implementation of catchment management (covering 4 sub-catchments), a component of the wider Shire River Basin Management Program (SRBMP).  LTS is playing a key role in institutional capacity building around agricultural and income generating activities.

  • The contract is led by Mott Macdonald and includes LTS and CDM as consortium partners.
  • The main contract is held with Malawi’s Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, and SRBMP is funded by the World Bank.
  • Over a 5.5-year period, the project is focusing on four sub-catchments: Upper Lisungwe and Upper Wamkulumadzi sub-catchments in Ntcheu and Neno Districts respectively; and in the escarpment upstream of Kapichira Falls and the Chingale sub-catchments in Blantyre and Zomba/Machinga Districts respectively.
  • This covers an aggregate area of approximately 133,000 ha

LTS plays a leading role in local capacity building, environmental assessment, and providing support to local enterprises.


Degraded water catchments are a key environmental sustainability issue in the Shire River basin in Malawi, with significant poverty impacts.

Catchment management at the field level requires:

  • being an interface between the Government of Malawi agencies and the targeted communities; and
  • close liaison with district and national authorities, and with other SRBMP components.

Integration is key to achieve the SRBMP project development objective. 


Overall, this contract is focusing on:

  • developing institutional capacity for catchment monitoring, planning and management;
  • rehabilitating targeted catchments (soil and water management); and
  • supporting alternative rural livelihoods.

LTS works closely with Mott Macdonald and CDM on across these subcomponents, playing a leading role in supporting capacity building for planning (working with village level planning institutions and communities), delivering an environmental assessment plan of income generating activities, and providing training and technical support to local enterprises in the non-agricultural sector.

Value and benefits

The project aims to rehabilitate and manage the protected areas by reducing erosion and improving livelihoods. Since the activities promoted ideally require a longer time horizon than the project duration, this project aim to institutionalize a successful approach and show early results that will be expanded upon and consolidated through the next phase in the program.