Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management in the Heart of Borneo

The Heart of Borneo project brings together three countries to implement conservation actions across Borneo. This project supports the Government of Indonesia’s commitments, by providing technical assistance to strengthen Government capacity in sustainable forest and biodiversity management planning and implementation. LTS manages the TA programme.

  • LTS is working closely with the Government of Indonesia and with Daemeter Consulting to provide and manage the TA for this $1.7M project.
  • The TA team includes 21 specialists: a mix of international and national, across a range of technical areas.
  • The work involves a balance of careful planning and management as well as sound understanding of the technical and political contexts.

Challenges

Borneo holds an estimated 6 percent of global biodiversity, primarily in its tropical rainforests.

There is a widely recognised decline in this biodiversity through resource use, and an unequal distribution of benefits of that resource use to local communities.  Effective, long-term conservation planning/management is required in the national parks in the HOB area, including the full support of communities and local authorities, as well as self-financing resources.

Solutions

The LTS led team is assisting the Government to:

  • plan and implement sustainable forest and biodiversity management;
  • pilot REDD+ and PES models; and to
  • identify and resource further needs in training, conferences, studies and surveys for the project.

LTS brings expertise in the areas of protected areas management, PES, REDD, sustainable financing, economics, training, social and institutional development, MRV, spatial planning and legal issues.

Value and benefits

The project is intended to enhance conservation and sustainable forest and biodiversity in the Heart of Borneo and to improve the prosperity of local communities living in the region.

This is expected to be achieved through enhanced knowledge and capacities at Government level, and a positive attitude toward sustainable forest and biodiversity management within selected communities in the region.

Review of Civil Society Organisations working on REDD+

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) provides grants to civil society organisations (CSOs) working on climate and forest issues in developing countries through its Civil Society Department. Norad currently supports several CSOs that implement projects in DRC. Norad has provided grants to CSOs since 2009, and will enter into new agreements for the period 2016-2020. Amongst the prioritized countries for the grant scheme is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This external review is part of the overall assessment of selected Norad grant recipients working with climate and forest issues in DRC. The review assesses the results of four CSOs funded by the Civil Society Department under the current grant period (2010-2015). The findings from the review will inform Norad’s decisions regarding continuation or adjustments of future cooperation with the organisations in the upcoming grant period from 2016-2020. The light-touch review describes, assesses and verifies the results achieved over the last 5-6 years. The scope includes the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) and Care Norway.

LTS has led the theory based evaluation. The evaluation included the design of the evaluation framework, and interviews and focus group sessions with relevant stakeholders.

Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy

LTS is providing technical support to the government of Uganda in developing Uganda’s Green Growth Development Strategy (GGDS) on behalf of UNDP. The strategy is intended to address Uganda’s contribution to global climate change and global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by assisting the government, businesses, and others in establishing the key enabling conditions and tools needed to participate in emerging international GHG management frameworks and meet obligations under the Copenhagen Accord, as reaffirmed during the UN climate conference in Cancun in December 2010. The assignment aims to develop a GGDS to 2030 that responds effectively to Uganda’s development priorities and has the following objectives:

  • Guide national policy and planning in an integrated way;
  • Mainstream climate change in key sectors of the economy; and
  • Position Uganda to access international funding to achieve low-carbon development and green growth.

In collaboration with Ecofys and a wide range of stakeholders, led by the National Planning Authority and Climate Change Department, LTS will develop a GGDS through a participatory process. The scope of work includes:

  1. Baseline: Collect and analyse data integrating sector data and expert views coherently to produce consolidated emissions scenarios for Uganda.
  2. Mitigation options: Identify and prioritize mitigation options, and examine barriers to implementation and policies to overcome these.
  3. 3. Adaptation: Identify adaptation options and specify priorities for taking adaptation measures; furthermore, make adaptation co-benefits one of the criteria to be incorporated in the prioritisation approach of mitigation measures.
  4. Financing: Identify financing needs, analyse domestic and international financing sources, and develop a coherent and actionable financing strategy.
  5. Implementation: Design an implementation plan supported by an effective MRV system, ensuring inter-agency coordination and sustainable stakeholder involvement.

The UGGDS will focus on the period to 2030, examining key mitigation sectors identified in the Uganda National Climate Change Policy and in particular those prioritised under the UNDP LECB initiative, namely: agriculture, energy, transport and waste. The UGGDS will prioritise climate change mitigation measures that contribute to low-carbon development, while also offering co-benefits aligned with Uganda’s development vision. LTS will lead on the analysis and development of the MRV component as well as prioritising mitigation measures based on adaptation co-benefits, identifying adaptation options, and including adaptation measures in the action plan.

Evaluation of the Land Rights and Natural Resources Programme

Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) has been implementing since 2002 the Land Rights and Natural Resource Management Program (LRNRM) in 4 counties (Kajiado, Narok, Nakuru and Baringo) in Kenya since 2000. The LRNRM program has four major components;

  • Awareness raising and capacity building
  • Public litigation
  • Lobbying and advocacy
  • Networking and collaboration

After successful implementation of the third phase of the LRNRM program, LTS was contracted for the evaluation exercise that took place in November 2015.