Our work for Liberia’s Forest Development Authority

Liberia possesses some of the most extensive and bio-diverse primary tropical rain forests in the world.  Its forests, which cover 4.3 million hectares, are an important national environmental and social endowment, central to the economic development of the country and critical for livelihoods of its citizens.  One third of Liberians, most of the rural population, are directly dependent upon forests for their livelihood.  Forests are also central to the social, cultural and religious life of Liberian communities.

The Government of Liberia (GoL) is embarking on a major national and international venture to help address global climate change.  Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the GoL is participating in the Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative to foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

LTS’ Callum Murdoch was in the field in April for our project ‘Feedback and Grievance Redress Mechanism‘ with Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority. The primary objective of this project is to draft a Feedback and Grievance Redress Mechanism for the Liberian REDD+ Programme and forestry sector.

A critical component of ongoing and future sustainable forest management in the context of REDD+ is proactive and continuous engagement by the Forest Development Authority (FDA) with potentially affected stakeholders – specifically communities, their members and other concerned parties.  Engagement has started and will continue throughout visioning, planning and implementation of all REDD+ activities. 

Read more on Liberia’s Forest Authority’s campaign to end deforestation here:




Climate Change and Resilience Programme

LTSA has been contracted to provide consulting services for a new 4-year multi-country climate change and resilience programme (CCP), which will support government and non-government actors to integrate effective climate change adaptation and resilience into development and disaster risk reduction plans and programmes in selected countries in Africa and Asia. 

Phata Case Study

The AgDevCo Phata Case Study conducted by LTSM Chitukuko, the Malawi subsidiary of LTS, was a thorough review and qualitative analysis of the factors that led to the success of AgDevCo’s investment in the Phata Sugarcane Cooperative in Chikwawa, Malawi. This cooperative has seen rapid and profitable success in its first years and is currently scaling up and realising the same successes as it’s initial Phase One. AgDevCo is keen to learn what factors led to the success of this cooperative and its business model, what key lessons learned can be implemented in Phase Two and beyond, and what level of impact AgDevCo has had on the success of this cooperative. The output of this project is a 16 page, designed glossy that presents the findings of our analysis in a way that is easy to disseminate internally for AgDevCo and externally to other key organisations funding and working in the agribusiness investment sector.  Additionally, a 3-4-minute video has been produced using the results of the findings.

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Shire River Basin Management Programme – Malawi

The Shire River Basin Management Project won First Prize for International Development: Physical Project at the Brit Expertise Awards on 13th April 2018! The project supports the surge of the national population of Malawi, which was projected to double by 2040.



The consortium involved in this project is led by Mott MacDonald, who have facilitated excellent collaboration between all partners. The project, that has run for 5 and a half years is coming to a close in 2018. LTS played a leading role in local capacity building, environmental assessment, and providing support to local enterprises.

Congratulations to all the team!

Implementation Service Provider for Catchment Management

The Shire River Basin is Malawi’s single most important water resource, supporting the country’s key economic sectors including food production, transport, energy, tourism, agriculture and fisheries. The Shire River Basin Management Program (SRBMP) aims to increase sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits by effectively and collaboratively planning, developing and managing the Shire River Basin’s natural resources. LTS and consortium partners are implementing the first phase of the SRBMP by Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. The World Bank financed project is being implemented to improve land and water management and protect and enhance the Shire River ecosystem, while providing livelihood benefits in target areas.

The programme is made up of three components – Shire basin planning, catchment management and water related infrastructure – and the consortium is responsible for the catchment management component. In order to achieve its objectives, LTS is assisting the Government:

  • Develop institutional capacity for catchment planning and monitoring;
  • Finance interventions identified in micro-catchment plans prepared under the above mentioned planning phase;
  • Support demand and market driven income-generating activities, with special targeting of women, youth and landless groups, to gradually decrease dependency on low performance agriculture and unsustainable harvesting of forest products as sources of income.

This will aim to rehabilitate four catchments – Upper Lisungwi, Upper Wamkulumadzi, Kapichira Falls and Chingale – covering a combined area of approximately 133,000 ha. The consortium will develop methods to reduce soil erosion, utilise soil conservation methods and improve and diversify livelihoods.


Some of the major challenges being faced in the Shire River Basin are deforestation in upper catchments & along river banks resulting from fuel wood harvesting, charcoal production and conversion of land to agricultural use. Droughts are frequent and there is high reliance on rain-fed agriculture which results in food insecurity in dry years. To address these issues, four sub-components involving planning, capacity development, water and soil interventions, small economic activities and ecological management are being implemented under Catchment Management.


The solutions to the challenges fall under three key stages at the catchment level:

  • Building conditions for catchment rehabilitation and alternative livelihood development which includes community sensitisation, social mobilisation, development of plans (catchment, sub-catchment, micro-catchment and village levels) and capacity building to ensure ownership and a strong foundation for subsequent interventions;
  • Implementation of catchment development plans and alternative rural livelihoods, and;
  • Continuing financial and technical support for catchment rehabilitation and livelihood activities while phasing-out project activities.

LTS works closely with MottMacdonald and CDM on across these components, 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.

Activities on rehabilitation and management of degraded catchments are being implemented in four priority catchment areas of Upper Lisungwi (25,956 ha) in Ntcheu district; Upper Wamkulumadzi (29,556 ha) in Neno district; Kapichira (33,157 ha) in Blantyre district, and; Chingale (41,258 ha) in Zomba and Machinga districts.  Ecological management of protected areas activities are also being implemented in Forest Reserves and National Parks within the Basin.

Value and Benefits:

The Shire River Basin is Malawi’s single most important water resource, supporting the country’s key economic sectors including food production, transport, energy, tourism, agriculture and fisheries. The aim of the programme is to increase sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits of the basin by effectively and collaboratively planning, developing and managing its natural resources. 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.

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Evaluation of the TIBA Centre

Tiba is a multidisciplinary Centre for Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (the TIBA Centre). TIBA is a partnership between UoE and leading African health policy scientists. TIBA will work on all aspects of infectious diseases management – from basic research to uptake by local communities – in a single, unified framework. LTS International has been contracted to support the UoE based management team prepare and conduct M&E of the TIBA project. The TIBA project has several phases and LTS provides monitoring and evaluation support to each one, and will conduct a final evaluation at project completion in 2021. A theory based approach is being taken to assess progress against an overall theory of change for the TIBA Centre. 

Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP)

The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) is a £48m BEIS funded ICF programme. REPP aims to provides technical assistance (TA) and in select cases, results-based finance to small-medium scale renewable energy project developers operating in Sub-Saharan Africa to help them attract finance and to make their project commercially viable. The overall objective of this assignment was the execution of a mid-term evaluation of the REPP. The purpose of this evaluation assignment was to support learning for BEIS on ‘what is working, for whom and in what contexts’. Specifically, the evaluation provided BEIS with insights and analysis into the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of REPP’s overall strategy, its services (RBF and TA), its governance and delivery structures/processes and the value for money it offers. The assignment was organised into three ‘Workstreams’ with corresponding outputs: a process evaluation, the design of a summative impact evaluation and a review of current results reporting arrangements. The findings of the process evaluation formed the basis for future impact evaluation and investigation into the REPP delivery and governance mechanisms were also be used to understand and assess current results reporting systems. LTS was the technical lead for this project and was responsible for overall team management, strategic oversight, coordination and delivery of all three project workstreams.

Feedback Grievance Redress Mechanism

The primary objective of this project is to draft a Feedback and Grievance Redress Mechanism for the Liberian REDD+ Programme and forestry sector. The draft mechanism will be accompanied by an implementation plan, guidelines and procedures, and communications materials. The mechanism will be used to resolve conflict and disputes at all levels across the forestry sector including community forestry, resource management and forest governance disputes.