2014 - 2018


Implementation Service Provider for Catchment Management

Key Staff:

William Apted

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.

Clients: World Bank



Geography: Malawi

Date: 2014 - 2018

Keywords: Community-based natural resource management, Catchment Management, Rural Livelihoods

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