Lesley King

MSc (Distinction) Climate Change: Managing the Marine Environment, Heriot-Watt University 2011; MSc (by research) Behavioural Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003; BSc (Hons) Zoology University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2001. Member of Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MIEEM)

Lesley joined LTS in 2007 as a consultant. Lesley King is an experienced consultant focusing on issues of natural resource management, climate change and poverty reduction in developing countries. She has a specialist interest in developing tools and resources to understand synergies and trade-offs between adaptation, mitigation and development – the so-called Triplewin scenario. She also has skills and experience in developing M&E frameworks and undertaking evaluations of interventions focusing on adaptation, poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation. Lesley has worked extensively in Eastern Africa, the Indian Ocean, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. Lesley is currently researching the implications for REDD+ in mangrove forests focusing on the social benefits and challenges that may be felt. Specialties – Monitoring and evaluation in particular of natural resource management interventions. – Research – Project management including complex multi-partner, multi-disciplinary projects – Grant management of flagship programmes for Government – Consultancy.

Lesley has experience in working on projects in Belize, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Sri Lanka and Vietnam as well as on global projects.

iCoast: Understanding the Fiscal and Regulatory Mechanisms Necessary to Achieve Climate Compatible Development in the Coastal Zone

Carbon markets, social carbon, biodiversity premiums and other PES schemes have created new opportunities for achieving triple wins: climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development. However, there remains scant evidence of the fiscal and regulatory mechanisms required to deliver the incentives and governance conditions for leveraging coastal zone CCD through these emerging PES markets.

The iCoast project is conducting evidentiary analysis in Sri Lanka and Kenya of the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental barriers to CCD implementation at the coastal zone; developing cost-curves of applying CCD to the coastal zone using newly tested benefit transfer methodologies; mapping the fiscal and regulatory mechanisms necessary to achieve CCD in the coastal zone of Kenya and Sri Lanka under different market scenarios; and mapping the value of coastal landscapes and their potential to support CCD in the coastal zone highlighting priority areas for attention in the short, medium and long-term national strategies.

LTS is leading on the policy analysis and the economic analysis of this project in Kenya and Sri Lanka.

For a full executive summary of the project please download the project overview here.

The policy brief “What the Future Holds”, which was a key output of this project, can be downloaded here.

Mid Term Review of Buffer Zone Restoration and Development in Knuckles Forest Reserve

This mid term review was of a project “To enhance the sustainable conservation of biological diversity and ecosystem services in the Knuckles Forest Reserve (KFR), Sri Lanka, by addressing the main threats to environmental protection through the development of options for buffer zone management that improve the livelihoods of local communities.” The project worked with communities in the two districts of Kandy & Matele that encompass the Knuckles Forest Reserve & its buffer zone. The project was aligned to the Sri Lanka NBSAP which recognises the biodiversity value of the wet zone forests and promotes the natural regeneration of degraded areas. The NBSAP states the importance of working with the communities around the Conservation Area in the Buffer Zone and states that the Forestry Department is adopting participatory approaches to management. The NBSAP also acknowledges the value of research from the University of Peradeniya in informing implementation of the NBSAP.

Business Planning for Forestry: Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka

This private sector client had extensive estate areas with potential for commercial plantations set within a local mosaic of forest resources providing environmental and social benefits. The owner of the estate sought advice from LTS to develop a forestry plan consistent with the estates’ commercial aims and commitments to sustainable development. The client had timber plantations in excess of its fuelwood needs and wanted to assess the viability and opportunity to develop commercial timber production. LTS provided a team of experts to evaluate the state of the plantations, the prevailing market and the political and institutional environment in which the client was operating in the 3 countries. From these assessments, LTS developed a suite of strategic options for the client to consider that satisfy their long-term objectives of a sustainable business that supports local economies.