The objective of the mission was to prepare a draft logframe and draft Identification Fiche (IF) for a project to be financed under the GCCA in Liberia: Reducing Emissions through Sustainable Wood Energy. The expert consulted with the government, the EU Delegation and relevant stakeholders; critically reviewed the various options emerging; investigated and helped prioritise possible areas of intervention in line with the national strategies and the five GCCA priority areas and the issue of absorption capacity of the Liberian Institutions; helped select and define the focus and scope of the possible programme or project which would in turn help identifying the specific institutions to be involved; helped select and define aid modalities for the country level programme; and focused on assessing and/or strengthening ownership and sustainability (e.g. institutional capacity, complementary actions that may have gone beyond the present action but could be needed in the future, possible replication, support to national development planning and budgeting processes, linkages with the National Indicative Programme and focal areas supported by the EU in the medium or long-term, etc.)
The expected results of the project were: national assessment of wood energy consumption and impact on national objectives to reduce emissions and promote adaptation measures; development of policy and regulations for management of the wood energy sub sector; reduction of demand for fuelwood/charcoal by substitution with alternative energy forms and by improving efficiency; an increase in sustainable supply of fuelwood/charcoal by promoting agri-forestry and fuelwood plantations; and improved coordination of biomass energy related initiatives and greater capacity to manage this issue amongst Liberian institutions. LTS prepared a concise preliminary report of findings and a presentation on the objectives, results and activities identified. In addition to this, LTS drafted a technical report presenting findings and recommendations. The structure of the report reflected the specific issues presented the preliminary Log Frame and Identification Fiche (PIF). A mission report was prepared that incorporated the comments received on the draft technical report. This included i) a reviewed Log Frame; ii) a reviewed PIF; iii) the annexes of the PIF (including compulsory checklists on environment and gender); and iv) a short description of the activities undertaken during this assignment, the mission’s agenda, stakeholders that were met and principal findings.
LTS involvement in the identification phase process involved review of documents, including published policies and studies and unpublished, internal reviews and plans; consultation with Liberian and international organisations (29 one-to-one meetings plus a group meeting with FDA and a stakeholder meeting); investigation of strategic and project-level options for a GCCA intervention; and circulation of a “concept note” to develop project and to establish a consensus around the action amongst Liberian agencies, donors and NGOs.